Project Description

Host Rotary Clubs in Colombia: 1- Bogotá Centenario, 2- Ibagué Ciudad Musical y 3- Armero Ibagué

Site: Two vulnerable communities in Colombia: Soacha and Ibagué

Why work in peace projects in Colombia?

  • The eldest guerilla in Latin America is that of Colombia.
  • Colombian government and the guerilla are close to signing a Peace Agreement next march.
  • This process requires strong civil society participation, in order to achieve an effective and long lasting result.
  • Soacha and Ibagué are two cities where a great number of displaced people by violence and armed conflict are gathered.
  • We as Rotarians want to be active participants in this Peace Process in order to attain a better country.

Which were the requirements identified by Soacha and Ibagué Communities?

  • To be peace builders, and support prevention and conflict resolution in their communities.
  • Women want to be recognized as Human Rights’ subjects.
  • Women want to see themselves as social change agents and don’t want to be seen just as victims. And they want this training to also cover their children and families.
  • They want a safe place to live.
  • They want to participate in solidarity economies, such as: savings and microcredit loans.

Who are the beneficiaries and our strategic allied?

  • 150 women in Soacha and 150 women in Ibagué, victims of forced displacement and armed conflict from 15 to 60 years old. The indirect beneficiaries will be their families, neighbors and their close community.
  • Our strategic allied will be MENCOLDES, the Menonite Colombian Foundation for Social Development. It is an NGO which has been working in Colombia for more than 40 years supporting peace and conflict resolution. (fundacionmencoldes.org)
  • We have recently developed together with this NGO two successful Matching Grants on Microcredits.

What will Rotary Clubs and their Strategic Allied do?Untitled

  • Training and education for women victims to be peace builders.
  • Workshops to overcome their painful memories, to recognize themselves as Human Rights’ subjects, to overcome psychological effects of conflict, for nonviolent resolution and forgiveness, for leadership and self esteem, to rebuild social network, and to be leaders in their families and communities through nonviolent behavior.
  • The Rotarians will visit the vulnerable communities and will attend to: the workshops, the exchange of experiences and the visible commemorative peace dates.
  • These activities will be done according to UN1325 resolution established for women victims in countries affected by armed conflict.
  • Time estimated for completion: 8 to 12 months

How will the results be measured?

  • Direct beneficiaries number, trained people tested by direct observation, before and after.
  • Community number that report conflict level reduction, measured by interviews and test questions.
  • Number of women leaders who arise after the training.

UntitledHow much does the project cost and what expenses will it cover?

$ 38,040 USD

The expenses covered will be: trainers with experience and skills in peace formation; pedagogical materials and didactic support; complementary meals for workshops attendants; audiovisual aids for non literate participants; transportation for leaders’ exchange experiences between Soacha and Ibagué; rent payment for lecture halls, and community meetings on peace commemorative dates.

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