In Guatemala, AFSC works with a local partner, Ceiba Association, to improve security and peace in neighborhoods of Guatemala City. Together we sponsor La Burrita de la Paz, (The Peace Truck), a mobile unit which provides a safe space for community members to come for help. The bus travels to different neighborhoods providing first aid, counseling for trauma, and conflict mediation.
AFSC trained Ceiba staff in conflict transformation techniques which they put into practice. AFSC connected Ceiba with other organizations in Latin America through field conferences and exchanges to share their experiences with others working on similar efforts problems.
The project also includes “Peace Platforms” that broaden efforts to support peace in the city’s neighborhoods. During the holiday season in 2010, one Platform got local gangs to sign a non-aggression agreement, which allowed the community to hold anti-violence events without fear of reprisal.