AGLI promotes and supports peace building activities at the grassroots level by partnering with local organizations in the Great Lakes region of Africa that focus on trauma-healing, reconciliation, conflict management, community building, and violence prevention. AGLI currently works with partners in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, and Uganda.
Center for Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC):
HROC- Rwanda’s mission statement:
“Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) – Rwanda strives to provide psychological support and training to Rwandan people and communities that have experienced genocide, sexual/domestic violence and trauma of any kind; simultaneously HROC- Rwanda promotes peace education to establish a future generation guided by nonviolent and harmonious values.”
HROC Rwanda helped to develop the HROC program in 2003 as a means to promote healing and reconciliation among communities that had experienced brutal violence and genocide. Workshops brought together 10 Hutu and and 10 Tutsi to reestablish trust between neighbors and rebuild community relationships. HROC Rwanda currently conducts approximately 35-40 workshops per year throughout Rwanda and has recently implemented HROC workshops in schools. In 2012, HROC Rwanda purchased land in Musanze, Rwanda to develop a HROC Center. The Center currently houses the administrators’ offices, a branch of the Children’s Peace Libraries, and serves as a conference space to hold local workshops and trainings. HROC Rwanda hopes to add a small guesthouse on the property as a way to generate income for the center.
HROC Rwanda runs a youth scholarship program for needy secondary school students identified by community leaders. AGLI recruits sponsors to support students during the school term, and HROC Rwanda sponsors a retreat for these students once a year.
To learn more about HROC Rwanda, see their website at: https://healingandrebuildingourcommunities.org
Children’s Peace Libraries of TLC Rwanda:
Vision of the Children’s Peace Libraries:
“The vision of Children’s Peace Libraries of Rwanda is to see a positive transformation and sustainable peace promotion among the children of Rwanda. The Children’s Peace Libraries have become centers for literacy and learning, and a home to our programs teaching nonviolent conflict resolution.”
The Children’s Peace Libraries were created to promote a culture of reading among
Rwandan students, as well as to foster a community of peace and nonviolence among Rwanda’s future leaders. In 2008, the language of education was switched from French to English, leaving a large educational gap. Children’s books are extremely scarce in Rwanda, and the libraries provide a unique space for students to gather to read and increase their English literacy. Librarians and volunteers do activities such as book report competitions and debates with students to help them improve their English and reading comprehension. Additionally, the Peace Libraries serve as centers of peace education for the rising generation. They host peer mediation trainings for local students, where the participants learn how to identify the roots of conflicts and use transformative mediation to help resolve conflicts in their schools and communities. Schools whose students participate in these trainings see a significant decrease in conflict, and teachers have asked to have the number of trainings increased. Currently there are five branches of the Children’s Peace Libraries throughout Rwanda, and the network hopes to expand.
To learn more about the Children’s Peace Libraries, see http://tlcrwanda.org
Innovations for Peacebuilding Burundi (IPB) / HROC- Burundi:
IPB/HROC-Burundi’s mission statement:
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Burundi has been plagued by a history of brutal civil war and continues to experience periods of political unrest and violence. To promote peace during the 2015 election controversy, IPB/HROC-Burundi organized peace dialogues both at the community and larger levels to bring together local leaders from various political parties. In addition, IPB/HROC-Burundi holds numerous HROC workshops and has developed a program for implementing HROC in schools. Since 2015, IPB/HROC-Burundi has trained over 4,000 people. [updated description?]
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Friends Women’s Association (FWA):
FWA’s mission statement:
“FWA’s mission is to provide a comprehensive health care to women and their families, to promote women’s leadership and autonomy and to strengthen peace and solidarity in Kamenge, a slum in Bujumbura and in other communities of Burundi.”
FWA is a women-led organization that is dedicated to empowering women living in a conflict/post-conflict environment to help each other and build a better future for themselves and their families by addressing both their physical and psychosocial health needs. As a consequence of long-term conflict, these women experience many difficult challenges such as poverty, gender-based violence, high rates of HIV/AIDS, inadequate medical care, and post-conflict trauma. To address these challenges, FWA opened the Ntaseka clinic. The clinic provides free and low-cost healthcare to women and their families, and contains a laboratory to conduct medical tests and a pharmacy to dispense medications. The clinic provides HIV testing and pre-and-post-test counseling and runs a program called “Caring for HIV Positive People” to support HIV+ people medically, psychosocially, and economically. The clinic aims to decrease HIV/AIDS transmission and impact by providing education and sensitization workshops and early testing, diagnosis, and treatment. The clinic also runs the “Action Against Gender-Based Violence” program that facilitates workshops in Bujumbura as well as throughout Burundi, the “Link Up” program that focuses on youth reproductive health, the “Improving Women’s Reproductive Health” program that facilitates educational workshops about birth control, and the “Rape Survivors Support” program that empowers survivors to reintegrate into the community by provided psychosocial support as well as connecting survivors in self-help groups. Additionally, the clinic facilitates community trauma-healing and reconciliation workshops.
To learn more about FWA and their programs, as well as for a virtual tour of their clinic, see their website at http://www.fwaburundi.com.
Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC):
TCSC’s mission statement:
“Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC) works to resolve violent conflicts by interceding as quickly as possible and training local community people in peacemaking, trauma healing, and social reconciliation programs in order to revolve and heal the community. TCSC works at the grassroots community level and stays involved with those communities over an extended period of time.”
TCSC works to prevent and respond to violence and conflict throughout Kenya. One way TCSC responds to conflict is by facilitating listening sessions, where the sides of conflict can come together and share their sides of the story. TCSC facilitates HROC workshops throughout Kenya and has recently started a program to offer HROC workshops in women’s prisons. TCSC also does AVP trainings in Kakuma refugee camp and among other communities in Kenya. TCSC also maintains a network of trained citizen reporters who have reported on the recent elections as well as instances of violence in their communities. These reports go to a call-in center, which allows TCSC to respond rapidly to areas of conflict or potential violence. [updated description??]
To learn more about TCSC and its projects, see their website at https://transformingcommunitiesforsocialchange.wordpress.com.
Bududa Learning Center:
Bududa Learning Center’s mission statement:
“To teach skills for jobs to the poorest of poor young adults in Bududa through our ‘Bududa Vocational Academy’; To assist impoverished orphans to cope with life through our ‘Children of Bududa’; and To provide small business loans to poor women through our ‘Women’s Microfinance Bududa.'”
Bududa Learning center is located on Mt. Elgon, one of the poorest areas of Uganda. It houses the Bududa Vocational Academy, where young adults are trained in trades and vocational skills so they will be able to get a job, helping lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The “Children of Bududa” program is a sponsorship program that aims to provide support for local orphans and vulnerable children. In addition to these programs, the Bududa Learning Center maintains a microfinance project, where women are able to take loans to support and develop their businesses.
To learn more about Bududa Learning Center’s programs, see their website at http://bududa.org.
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