Paz e coesão social através da construção da confiança e reconciliação em meio às divisões
IofC works for peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides
Wednesday, 02 April, 2014

Calgary, March 2014—Months of preparation under the guidance of Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Projects Coordinator in Alberta culminated in a trustbuilding workshop organized and led by student interns from the University of Calgary’s Community Service Learning Project. This program finds community partners willing to provide practical experience for these students to complement their course on “Critical Perspectives on Development Practice and Research.”

Thursday, 30 January, 2014
Education for Peace workshop

Nathalie Chavanne recently assisted in her first workshop in a town near Paris, run by the Initiatives of Change programme Education for Peace. Approximately 30 ten-year-olds, who had been elected to take part in their town council, took part.

Thursday, 16 January, 2014
Foundations for Freedom Regional Meeting, Kiev, Ukraine

Dialogue was used to improve understanding and develop trust building at the Regional Meeting of Foundations for Freedom, which took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 6-8 December 2013.

Tuesday, 07 January, 2014
The Railway Man (for use on M Henderson website only)

A film about the amazing life of Eric Lomax has just opened with Colin Firth playing the part of this terribly tortured World War II prisoner of the Japanese who turned a hated enemy into a friend. Lomax died in 2012 at the age of 93 and was a soldier who in the words of an article in the Daily Telegraph made 'the choice of reconciliation over retribution'. His experience indicates that there may be a time and season for forgiveness that sometimes cannot and should not be rushed.

Friday, 01 November, 2013
(L-R) Assaad Chaftari, Marie Aoun and Jim Lynn in front of Clonard Monastery, Belfast

Assaad Chaftari, a former senior militia commander in the Lebanese civil war in the 1970s-80s, and his wife Marie Aoun, spent 11 days in Belfast, Manchester, Oxford and London in September.

Thursday, 17 October, 2013
Second Chinese Speaking Conference in Hong Kong

Chinese in Action 2 (CinA), in partnership with Dreams Possible (DP) of Hong Kong, hosted a conference from 13-16 September, 2013 at The YMCA - Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village Hong Kong. This is CinA 2's culminating activity following 40 days of training, and 100 days of field work in five cities in Mainland China, three cities in Malaysia and five in Taiwan.

Friday, 27 September, 2013
Formerly a Christian militia leader in Lebanon's civil war, Assaad Chaftari now works for reconciliation in his country.

After The Lebanese Civil War, An Apology is a moving interview with a leader of a Christian Militia explaining his journey from war to working for reconciliation.

Friday, 20 September, 2013
The training of 200 Peace and Reconciliation Mobilizers in session

On 17 September the Sudan Tribune reported on a youth conference that has been launched in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, to deliberate on challenges which they face in development, peace-building and social life in the country.

Monday, 09 September, 2013

From 18-25 August, 30 young people from nine different nationalities met in Gantikow/Germany for a seminar to learn and explore how to build trust across cultural boundaries. For the past three years, the NGOs 'Initiative Mittel- und Osteurop' (InMOE/Initiatives Central and Eastern Europe) and Foundations of Freedom (F4F) have hosted seminars for young people. For the first time, this year's training programme was co-organized by InMOE, F4F and Initiatives of Change Germany.

Tuesday, 13 August, 2013
Creators of Peace candle

The first ever Creators of Peace Circle in Brazil took place in Rio de Janeiro, 12-14 July with eight women from different parts of the city participating. Joelina Cândida Alves reports: