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Generations For Peace announces new Sri Lanka programme

Date : 29 Dec 2016

Amman, Jordan, December 29, 2016: Jordan-based Generations For Peace has launched a peace-building programme with the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, supported by the United States Agency for International Development. Through peace-building activities at grassroots, district and national levels, Generations For Peace and the National Peace Council will encourage communities divided by conflict to meet and interact, break down barriers and stereotypes and nurture deeper understanding, tolerance and trust.

The programme aims to strengthen District Inter-Religious Committees, led by religious leaders from Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities, and help mobilise communities through empowerment, youth leadership, active tolerance and responsible citizenship.

Generations For Peace CEO Mark Clark said: “This new programme seizes a pivotal moment in Sri Lanka’s history. It builds on the initiatives we have been running since 2009, scaling up our grassroots peace-building activities from two to eight districts.” 

National Peace Council Director Jehan Perera added: “The National Peace Council has been working towards making Sri Lanka a more inclusive and peaceful country for over two decades. “With the end of the civil war in 2009 we have our best opportunity to make our work fruitful. Nevertheless, the wounds of war, and of a military solution, remain deep.

“The people-to-people activities in this project especially with youth, which bring to bear Generations For Peace’s strengths, will contribute greatly to the healing process.” The programme, which will run until November 2018, will benefit 6,400 community members in Ampara, Galle, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Matara, Mullaitivu, Nuwara Eliya and Puttalam. HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan is the founder and chairman of Generations For Peace.

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