Category: Sri Lanka

Kaushalya’s story: “I now have a network I can rely on”

Kaushayla’s husband disappeared during the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka. To this day he has not returned. But through a network of women all similarly affected by the war, Kaushayla has found a network of people she can connect with. Now she helps run local projects supporting women to run their own small businesses.

Healing the scars of war in Sri Lanka

“Their hearts are broken because of the war. It is my job to heal them.”

– Buddhist religious leader who works to rebuild trust between Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists following years of civil war and violence in Sri Lanka.

Prestigious peace prize goes to our partners in Sri Lanka

We are delighted to announce that our partners in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (CPBR), have been awarded the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize. It is the first time in ten years that the award has been given to an organisation, rather than an individual, and is testament to the power of local peacebuilding.

Celebrating women voices for peace

Sunday 8 March 2015 is International Women’s Day. Women in conflict is a topic that gets much attention – often for the disproportionate effects that war, violence and conflict have on women as victims. But this is not the only story. While it is true that women are often disproportionately affected by conflict, they are also some of the most powerful voices for peace.

Defusing tensions and promoting peace in Sri Lanka

This month’s surprise election result in Sri Lanka highlights the crucial need for peacebuilding in this post-war country. Commentators warn of the potential for instability as incoming President Maithripala Sirisena seeks to lead a mixed coalition of ethnic, religious and ideological parties. A peaceful transfer of power is crucial, to avoid a recurrence of the tensions that have caused civil war in the past. Our local partners CPBR have worked for a decade to defuse tensions between religious and ethnic groups on the island and to promote peace between the diverse Sri Lanka communities.

Through the lens of peace

This month at Peace Direct we would like to say a big thank you to all our supporters who raised a fantastic £7,105 for the Voice of Image project. This important project empowers young people to use photography to rebuild understanding between communities in post-war Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka taught me that peace can be deceptive

Peace Direct’s Quinn Zimmerman visits our Sri Lanka partner, the Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, to find out more about their Voice of Image project, which uses the power of photography and story to strengthen interfaith and interethnic tolerance.

We have lift off!

We’re all very excited in the Peace Direct office with the launch of our Crowdfunding campaign today. This is a new venture for us and we’re aiming to raise £7,000 for our Voice of Image project which is helping young people to rebuild communities in post-war Sri Lanka – through photography.

“Through Voice of Image, I feel I am bringing change to the world.”

Next month we’ll be launching a Crowdfunding initiative to raise crucial funds for Voice of Image – our photography project in Sri Lanka. The project works with young people to give them opportunities to explore their communities and discover who they are – through taking photographs.

A letter from Iceland

Peace Direct co-founder, Scilla Elworthy , and our Sri Lankan partner, Dishani Jayaweera, recently traveled to a peace conference in Iceland. Here they share what they learnt.