The Path Ahead

This year, thanks to supporters like you and our hardworking partners in the Middle East and around the world, we have made great progress on the Abraham Path, inspiring understanding, prosperity, and hope for humanity! I feel truly grateful.

In 2013 the Abraham Path achieved a long-term dream by becoming a reality in a new way with an online guidebook – see For the first time ever, you can go online and download maps (including GPS tracks) of the 30 walking segments in seven regions across the Middle East and you can plan your journey by connecting directly with homestay hosts and local tour operators. You can read site descriptions of the extraordinary and historic places along the route like Gobekli Tepe, the world’s oldest temple at 12,000 years. You can browse photos and videos of the landscape, people, and hospitality you will encounter in villages along the way. And you can hear from other travelers through blogs, testimonies, and press. Whether or not you can walk in the Middle East, you can now travel the Abraham Path virtually.

On the ground, our team and local partners have worked hard to extend the path, developing and way-marking new sections in the Negev desert and in southeastern Turkey. And our team led a Wilderness First Aid Training for 16 Palestinian guides, the first course of its kind in the Middle East. Walkers have been heading out on the Abraham Path every week this spring and fall season with our partners the Siraj Center and Experience Jordan. International groups led by Gulf for Good, Mediators Beyond Borders, Eastern Mennonite University, and Leeds Metropolitan University have used the path as a platform for exchange and voluntourism. Two British walkers, Joanne and Laura, were so inspired by their experience that they decided to raise funds for the Abraham Path in Turkey by running a half marathon in Istanbul.

In the past year, the Abraham Path has inspired people worldwide with coverage on CNN, the BBC, the Huffington Post as well as in the Lonely Planet, The Australian, and the London Times. In an ABC-TV special on the Middle East, Christiane Amanpour called the Abraham Path “an unprecedented initiative to break down barriers and foster communication.”

This season as we are reminded of what makes us grateful, we are also reminded of what fills us with hope. I believe in the power of the Abraham Path to inspire hope around the world. I invite you to join me in this extraordinary adventure in whatever way moves you. Please tell your friends and family about us; consider making a gift today or even consider fundraising on behalf of the path. The Abraham Path is poised for liftoff and with your support, we can make it a continuous and connected path, double the number of walking segments, train new guides and create jobs, and thus inspire greater understanding in this world.

I thank you with all my heart for your support! As we walk together side by side on this path, we will build a better world, step by step.

With gratitude and appreciation,

William Ury
Chair, Abraham Path Initiative

P.S. Have a look: NEW Abraham Path Video (1 min).