In the immediate future we will register as a charitable foundation, The Garden Path Foundation, the purpose of which will be to: (1) assist ongoing development, production and training for the Out-of-the-Box Curriculum; (2) provide financial assistance to the Monkey’s Tale Centre as the hub of Garden Path training and outreach; (3) provide ongoing financial support for the Butterfly Peace Garden in addition to funding the development of new gardens which promote peace, reconciliation and environmental awareness among children and youth based on the original process-oriented model of the Spiral Garden and the Butterfly Peace Garden; and, (4) assemble the legacy of stories, photographs, audio and video tapes of the Chong / Garden Path community over the past forty years in an accessible archive to use as a primary resource for program development in the future.
Potential beneficiaries of the Garden Path Out-of-the-Box Curriculum include:
- Children and youths-at-risk in zones of (i) conflict, (ii) post-conflict and (iii) high unemployment;
- Children and youths-at-risk in inner city ghettos in the developed and underdeveloped world;
- Internally displaced people and returnee migrants;
- Survivors of domestic violence;
- Prisoners in youth detention centers;
- Disabled veterans, consigned for life to state rehabilitation facilities;
- Addicts/alcoholics in recovery;
- Elderly people living isolated and alone in huge cities;
- Clergy, teachers, healthcare, legal and social workers.
The following donors have supported the work of the Garden Path through its gardens of peace and centers of contemplative art over the last twenty years.
- Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (Germany) – capacity building – Butterfly Peace Garden (BPG)
- Ashoka Innovators for the Public – recognition and support for Paul Hogan
- Canadian High Commission / Colombo – seed capital for BPG
- Canadian International Development Agency – capacity building BPG
- Canadian Red Cross – capacity building / transportation BPG
- Friends of the Garden / Canada – Monkey Tale / Step-by Step Studios
- HIVOS / Netherlands – core program funding at BPG for 14 years
- Phoenix Community Trust – Monkey’s Tale Centre site development
- Royal Netherlands Embassy / Colombo – BPG program funding
- War Child / Canada – BPG Village Garden development and programs
- World University Services of Canada – transportation BPG and associated village gardens
- GIZ / Germany – postwar reconciliation through the arts