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PEACE PROJECT

 

Purpose:

 

  • Promote peaceful co-existence of communities.
  • Actively promote justice and tolerance
  • Advocate for the protection, respect and promotion of the rights of citizens and the respect for the rule of law.
  • Advocate for acceptance and respect for religious, cultural, and political pluralism
  • Seek avenues for the protection of the rights of every person, irrespective of race, nationality, creed, or sex.
  • Provide conflict management and mediation training to community members and community-based organizations.

 

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This Project builds the capacity of local communities in good governance, conflict transformation and peace building in order for them to take ownership of the peace making processes. The CCRD engages in problem solving workshops, training in conflict resolution; engage in developing local peace commissions, prejudice reduction and psychosocial work.
This effort also aims at building community structures for peace building. Specific emphasis is placed on re-awakening the communities’ consciousness to traditional ways of transforming disharmony, conflict and disunity at the community level by identifying and utilizing the traditional values systems and norms as per local cultural background. The project will also introduce to communities, modern democratic means of non-violent political expressions.
This project is necessitated by a background of politically motivated conflict that has endured in independent Zimbabwe.  Zimbabweans have experienced widespread trauma, scars, fear, stress, deaths and apathy as a result. The full magnitude of these psychological and physical conditions is not known.
However, through this project, the CCRD aims to contribute to a peaceful, democratic and prosperous nation exemplified by tolerance of often divergent but worthwhile views. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.
Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement for whose realization the CCRD shall pursue.