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Empower Communities

Act for Peace seeks to empower communities through building people's capacities. Rather than indefinitely sending aid or setting up overseas offices, we develop long-term partnerships with respected local agencies that enable us to deliver programs that are owned and designed by local communities, ensuring lasting change. While we do provide life-saving assistance in emergencies, our focus is on equipping communities with the skills and knowledge to ensure they can support and protect themselves, their families and their communities.

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Our programs are designed and managed by our local project partners on the ground as they are best placed to help communities identify their problems and solutions. From analysing their situation, identifying their own needs and then planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects, the communities we work with set their own development agenda. Development which is imposed or remains dependent upon outside support is not sustainable.

The basis of our community partnerships includes respect for the safety, dignity and well-being of all community members. For Act for Peace, this means going beyond the mere provision of material goods. We strive to mobilise public opinion regarding the root causes of poverty and injustice and develop effective peace and reconciliation strategies. We also conduct effective communication with all stakeholders in the development process and ensure the environment is preserved and maintained with respect to the rights and beliefs of Indigenous peoples.

More ways to take action

Help keep families at risk from landslides safe by providing training in disaster risk reduction in schools. Training helps children to identify risks and warning signs of landslides, and teaches them how to keep safe if one happens.

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (19-26 June 2016). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.

Right now, thousands of innocent people are fleeing Syria every day to protect their families from bloodshed, violence and death. We need your support to provide emergency relief packs to the families fleeing in Syria.