Every day, people suffer and lives are destroyed because of war. But it doesn't have to be this way. Peace Direct is an international charity dedicated to stopping wars, one person at a time.
In every conflict, local people are building peace - stopping violence, uniting communities, and saving lives. These local people disarm rebels, resettle refugees, protect the vulnerable, unite communities, and restart economies. They work at great personal risk to prevent, resolve and heal conflicts in some of the world's most fragile countries.
This year, thanks to vital support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, Peace Direct has continued to support war-torn communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and help reintegrate child soldiers. Working with its local partners, Centre Resolution Conflicts (CRC), Peace Direct supports local communities and former fighters, helping them build resilience in dealing with conflicts, reduce tensions, and strengthen livelihoods through farming and other activities.
Thanks to our players:
- CRC has set up 19 community agricultural cooperatives composed of a mix of genders, tribes, and civilians as well as ex-combatants - totalling 619 members, and reaching over 2,500 people, including family members.
- 952 children in conflict-affected areas were supported to return to school.
- 582 people working in the cooperatives received training in new agricultural techniques to apply to their fields. Many cooperative members are already developing their own income-generating activities through the skills they have received, for example fish farming, carpentry and oil mills.
With support from our players, Peace Direct will continue working with its partners to support those affected by conflict to rebuild their lives.
To mark the International Day of Peace on 21st September, Peace Direct is talking about solidarity.
Everyone who signs its peace pledge will be doing their bit to:
- Support local efforts to build peace around the world,
- Help people turn away from violence, and
- Help create safer communities.