The Grow Peace Fund takes small, local peace organisations and grows them bigger, so they can make a bigger difference - stop more conflicts, save more lives and heal more communities in conflict zones worldwide.
The Grow Peace Fund offers a unique opportunity to scale up the work of dynamic local peacebuilders into a regional or national force within their countries. And because these are local organisations, they can make a little money go a very long way, used where it is needed most. But the Fund gives more than just money, it gives advice and support to meet the challenges of growth. A gift to The Grow Peace Fund will make a real contribution to growing peace.
We look for successful local peacebuilders who can achieve even more with our support. In post-war Burundi, for example, APD is a new project promoting reconciliation and defusing violence among young people. The project has huge potential in a country where 60% of the population are under 25.
We support Fund members for up to three years with grants and advice as they grow. In turbulent Kashmir, Yakjah are turning their women’s livelihood groups into a campaigning network for women peacebuilders. The women come from all sectors of this shattered community, healing the divisions of war.
As Fund members grow, they can affect whole regions of their countries. In war-torn D R Congo, Chirezi plan to expand their local law courts until they provide access to justice for 4 million villagers.
Claudette lives alone in war-torn eastern Congo. She is nearly 80 years old and all her children were killed in the bitter civil war. She survives by farming cassava in a single field. When a former rebel soldier stole her land, she was left with nothing. And in this lawless region, justice is hard to find - the authorities did nothing. Facing starvation, Claudette was desperate.
Then she heard about the new village courthouse, or ‘baraza’, set up by our Congolese partner Chirezi. The baraza summoned the ex-rebel, and after two hearings he agreed to return her land. A ceremony of reconciliation took place in front of the whole community, and Claudette went back to farming her cassava field in peace.
The baraza that helped Claudette is one of seven bringing access to justice for 15,000 local people. The barazas prevent local disputes from escalating into violence and feeding the wider conflict in Congo.
But Chirezi wants to do more. It’s a small organisation with big ambitions. It would like to set up 80 more barazas in the next few years, to reach over 4 million people right across South Kivu province.
That’s why Chirezi is one of three members of our new Grow Peace Fund. The Fund is designed to help small peacebuilding organisations grow so they can stop more conflicts and save more lives.
Chirezi has the track record, expertise and commitment to set up 80 more courts. But they need help. To grow peace they need sustained support over the coming months and years. This is exactly what the Fund will give them.
Please make a monthly gift so that Chirezi and the other Fund members can grow peace and help more people like Claudette.