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Marie's Story

Marie

 Marie in her living room, 05/28/14

Marie was a migrant, like many, who were in search for a better life. She prayed to God that she would survive her journey to the US and that better opportunities were suspended in the horizon.

Local peace network handbook

This handbook is a tool to help community leaders implement urban peace-building programs in contested spaces.

In Haiti camp for earthquake victims, a teenager teaches peace

Vanessa

North of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 16-year-old Vanessa is working to prevent violence in the settlement where she currently lives with her family.

In Haiti’s Corail Camp, there are about 10,000 internally displaced people left homeless by the 2010 earthquake. Vanessa and others are working together to build a network of peacekeepers.

Young Haitian leads others to help curb violence

Wallen Calistin talking

Wallen Calistin leads a network of 20 to 30-year-old people who are working to bring about a culture of peace in Haiti, starting with their own neighborhood.

In his Port-au-Prince, Haiti neighborhood, 22-year-old Wallen Calistin is known as a peacemaker.

Patient, tolerant, and shy, as a young boy he struggled with how to communicate with his friends and neighbors in one of the most vulnerable parts of one of the world’s most dangerous countries, where a long history of structural inequalities and political upheaval has spawned a culture of violence. He could see a path to a more peaceful way of life, but bringing others along on that journey proved to be his biggest challenge.

Implementing local peace networks to reduce urban insecurity

Local peace networks work toward resolving community disputes, particularly in areas experiencing high levels of violence and social exclusion. This report gathers best practices for these networks.

Implementación de plataformas locales de paz urbana: Lecciones aprendidas

Las Plataformas Locales de Paz (PLP) son grupos que trabajan hacia la transformación de conflictos comunitarios, sobre todo en zonas con altos niveles de violencia y exclusión social. Su objetivo fundamental es transformar las fuentes de tensión y conflicto en comunidades y fortalecer las capacidades locales para la paz.

Implementing local peace networks in urban spaces: Lessons learned

Local peace networks (LPNs) are groups that work toward resolving community disputes, particularly in areas experiencing high levels of violence and social exclusion. Their underlying objective is to transform the conflict’s roots and build local capacities for peace. Each network is typically made up of six to 12 participants who become facilitators in their respective communities.

Mise en place de plateformes locales pour la paix en milieu urbain

Les plateformes locales pour la paix sont des groupes qui travaillent pour la transformation de conflits communautaires, en particulier dans des zones où les niveaux de violence et d’exclusion sociale sont élevés. Leur objectif fondamental est de transformer les sources de tension et de conflit dans les communautés et de renforcer les capacities locales pour la paix. Chaque micro-plateforme est généralement composée de 6 à 12 participants qui deviennent des facilitateurs dans leurs communautés respectives pour interagir ensuite sur une plateforme élargie.

Three years later: Haitians rebuilding communities, one person at a time

France Remy’s life took a drastic turn three years ago.

When Haiti shook on Jan. 12, 2010, she was volunteering as a nurse in Leogane, the earthquake’s epicenter. Her house totally collapsed, leaving her homeless like over one million other Haitians.

In the camp she has called home since then, France quickly got involved with a network of people working to respond to the changing needs of their fellow displaced people.

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