Organization of the week: Shalom Educating For Peace

Shalom Educating for Peace is a grassroots non-profit in Rwanda “working for building and sustaining positive peace through education.” They have three parts to their work: peace education, peace research, and creation of a culture of non-violence. On their homepage, they describe themselves as follows:

Shalom seeks to walk alongside individuals, organizations and communities, reminding us of our shared humanity and the necessity of a nonviolent way of life. Working primarily in the Great Lakes region, we meet together with communities to draw out the stories and conversations that would lead to more deeply understanding and accepting one another, and equip people with the skills to interact in a way that brings about reconciliation.

Their specific projects include training youth in peace principles through churches, a weekly community radio program, a BePeace project in partnership with the Peace Academy in Costa Rica, an adult literacy program, and reconciliation and peace through theater and song. It sounds like a wonderful organization in a country that has seen much violence and badly needs peace and reconciliation.

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