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Women, Children and Youngsters - PeaceBuilders in Colombia
The Rotary Clubs of Bogotá Centenario and Simi Sunrise invite you to bring hope and the tools of peace to a region desperately in need.

Since 1964, the government of Colombia has been engaged in a brutal internal armed conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). More than 220,000 people have been killed and another 8 million people have been victimized by the conflict. Anyone younger than 52 has only known war in their lifetime.

Global Grant 1636958 benefits 500 women and children of all ages in the communities of Soacha and Ibagué, near Bogota, Colombia. This $91,000 (USD) grant is sponsored by Rotary Districts 4281 (Colombia) and 5240 (California, USA). There are two non-government organizations that will serve as cooperating partners in the grant’s training effort. They are Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) and MENCOLDES, the Mennonite Colombian Foundation for Development that has worked on human rights issues in Colombia for 40 years.

The grant provides for a Vocational Training Team (VTT) to travel to Colombia and create and conduct training workshops based on United Nations Resolution 1325, the resolution that encourages the role of women in peacemaking efforts. Catalina Chaux, a Colombian lawyer who lives and works in Toronto, Canada, will serve as the team leader for the VTT.
The grant’s objectives are:
  • Train the vulnerable population to become peace builders.
  • Help the vulnerable population to recover from psychological and social damage.
  • Strengthen the vulnerable population’s knowledge of conflict resolution, mediation and other peace building tools.
The one-year grant will cover the preparation, preliminary training, VTT visit, and the monitoring and evaluation phases.
Last year, under the leadership of Immediate Past District Governor Jim Bell, District 5240 was designated a Peace Builder District. This grant is our district's first opportunity to take a significant role in an international effort with peace as the area of focus.
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PeaceBuilding in Colombia-Rotary GG-Feb 2017
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