Building Peace in Communities

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Let’s not forget the lessons of nonviolence

Reflections on Nati­onal Action to Realize the Dream 

I have been reflecting on the importance of the National Action to Realize the Dream march on August 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C. It was a huge, very diverse march with people coming from all over the country to be part of a historic event. 

Why does it feel that while the movement is still alive, the energy and vision are missing? 

Forum on Ending Gun Violence

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Be part of the solution

Featuring our local, state and federal leaders; community members; esperts on gun violence

Learn, Contribute, Get involved

Elders as Peacemakers in Burundi

Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on the traditional role of elders as community peacemakers.  David's work involves leading workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

Maimuna Farah Samatar, AFSC peace-building partner in Somalia

When a job offer brought Maimuna Farah Samatar back to her birthplace, the Galkacyo Mudug Region in Somalia’s Puntland State, she saw an additional opportunity to serve those who were most affected by the local conflicts—the women and children.

Somalia's future

Long term future of Somalia in debate, but violence, disease and hunger still a daily reality for local communities.

15 relief agencies warn humanitarian needs in Somalia must not be ignored as over 2 million still in dire need of assistance

28th of May, 2012

Quaker Peacemaking in Africa - Burundian Friend Adrien Niyongabo

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Adrien Niyongabo, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities

Adrien Niyongabo, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) in Burundi plays with children outside Kibimba Friends Church. Photo by: Andrew Peterson

American Friends Service Committee works closely with Quakers in Burundi, central Africa on peacebuilding and social cohesion projects. Adrien Niyongabo, the Director of the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) program, an AFSC partner, will present about his organization’s work to bring together Hutu and Tutsis to heal from a decade of violent conflict and create renewed peace in communities.

Young people and police in Latin America

In Latin America AFSC is working with the police and young people to reform how these two parties interact with one another to reduce the level of violince and conflict.

Haiti Program Background

As the post-earthquake situation in Haiti continues to evolve, AFSC is adapting to changing needs. After over a year working in the camps with displaced people, we are developing a teacher training program in partnership with the St. Charles Borromee school. 

We asked Carmen Ortiz, AFSC’s Haiti Program Director, to answer a few questions about this new phase in her work:

Closing reception and panel War and the Rise of Violence among Youth

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Windows and MIrrors Closing Reception followed by a panel and community discussion meant to emphasize the rise of violence among youth in countries where war is prevalent---those who wage war, and those whose environments suffer from war—and draw attention to global and domestic forms of youth violence (i.e. child soldiers, local gang violence).  The moderated panel discuss will be among participating groups and individuals who have witnessed, suffered at the hands of, or are/were affected by violence, especially war.

Pittsburgh declared 5th Human Rights City in the US.

On April 19 AFSC’s Racial Justice Through Human Rights (RJTHR) youth group accomplished their goal when Pittsburgh was declared a Human Rights City. Youth from the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy joined the RJTHR youth during the presentation of the proclamation in a ceremony during City Council. Five of the RJTHR youth accepted the Proclamation and spoke about their hope and concerns for the future of Pittsburgh.  

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