This season of giving, make a lasting difference to someone like Lembaka.
When Lembaka was just 10 years old, his father was shot and killed by an armed group. Hungry for revenge and fueled by anger, he joined a rival group – leaving his family behind.
Lembaka (name changed for privacy) spent eight years in the bush; his family came to believe that he too had been killed. But, after years of hardship and violence – and fearing for his own life – he escaped.
With the support of Peace Direct’s local partner in the region, Centre Résolution Conflits (also known as CRC) Lembaka was able to receive agricultural training. He learned about different farming techniques, how to maintain a healthy field, and how to manage crops in a sustainable, profitable way. He told us:
“If I had not completed the training there is a big chance I would have gone back to the armed group. Before the training I knew nothing about business or work that could have helped me support myself. Unemployment and idleness, alongside the current political situation in the country would have drawn me back.
“I feel so comfortable and relaxed nowadays because I am so busy with my field. Farming has enabled me to become independent, and to not rely on anyone else to support me.”
Together we can stop violent conflict
Every day one in five of us wake up in conflict. Families are forced to flee their homes, communities are attacked, girls are scared to go to school, young men like Lembaka are forced into a life of fighting. This must stop.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. A gift to Peace Direct this festive season would have a real, lasting impact on the life of someone living in conflict.
And on this special day, up to $2,000 will be matched! By working together we can have a greater impact.
There are still so many more survivors of conflict around the world who need your help.
Join our season of giving campaign and help us reach more peacebuilders like Lembaka.
We rely on the generosity of people like you to help thousands of people when they need us the most. By supporting Peace Direct, your money will be used to reach local people quickly in crises. Together, we will help more people like Lembaka, his family and his community, turn away from violence and find brighter futures.
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