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Greg Funnell

Stories of hope and progress from our work supporting local people to stop war and build peace, one person at a time.

Bridging Syria’s Education Gap

War often prevents children from receiving education. During conflict, school acts as a place of safety for children. In Syria, many children have been forced out of school as a result of the war, denying them their right to education. This year marks over 11 years of conflict in Syria. During this period, over 2.4 … Continued

Séraphin’s story: an ex-combatant

The region of South Kivu in DRC has been the scene of clashes for many years. Instability has led to economic chaos, and many young people have become unemployed, and some have even joined armed groups. Last year, local organisation Cadre de Concertation Intercommunautaire (CCI) was selected as one of the grantees in our Youth … Continued

Peace Cries Out

Peace Direct is proud to announce the first ‘Peace Cries Out’ event to celebrate inspiring contributions to youth peacebuilding on November 17th, 6-7pm EST. Special guests include Representative Grace Meng (NY) and nationally acclaimed slam poet Charity Joyce Blackwell, as well as youth peacebuilding leaders from around the world. 

Envision’s story

In Zimbabwe, our partners Envision Zimbabwe Women’s Trust continued their work in 2020 in spite of the challenging environment for civil society organisations. Working with the police, they have been helping to reduce violence and increase awareness about COVID-19.

Lotsima’s story

In Eastern DRC, we are working with Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) to support their ‘Peace Gold’ initiative. CRC has been working with two artisanal and small-scale mining cooperatives since 2017.

If we choose to build peace, we must engage

Our Development and Administrative Associate Christine Trillana, an Asian American woman, expresses her fears over the rise in hate crimes against her community. She calls for us all to engage bravely with efforts to end violence, and shares resources to stop Asian hate.

Sabhuku’s story

This is Sabhuku’s story – he is a traditional leader in Zimbabwe who worked with our local partner, Envision Zimbabwe Women’s Trust, on a project supported by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Kites not shells: Amal’s story

During a siege in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, bombs blasted, the sounds of shelling filled the air, and cries were heard. Amal’s three children were scared. She did what she could to protect them – trying to distract them from the conflict going on around them with games and toys.

One piece of the puzzle: Negotiating for justice

This story is part of our ‘piece of the puzzle’ mini-series that shares the important work that our partners the Beni Peace Forum are doing on the ground in Eastern DR Congo: Negotiating the Release of Hostages “Beni Territory, like many other parts of Eastern Congo, is plagued by local and foreign militia groups. Sometimes, local … Continued