Urban poverty is the breakdown of relationships and so our peace building efforts involve reestablishing relationships at all levels - family units, communities, among the urban poor, between the rich and poor, and with existing networks. Building relational bridges within urban poor communities and via coalitions, broad-based networks, NGOs, churches, private investors, social entrepreneurs, donor agencies, and local governments is vital to take on bigger issues.
As we engage in peace building efforts, we see transformation happening through the following signs:
Transformation looks like...increased family health and well-being.
- Marriage and Parenting: Three churches recently piloted our School for Parents and Marriage Enrichment Programs with a total of 120 adults participating
Strong Civil Society
Transformation looks like...increased civic participation and community engagement for the common good.
- Community Projects: Completion of 27 community projects benefitting over 20,000 people involving improved access to basic services (water, drainage, electricity), security and safety, environmental upgrading, pest control, transport and school improvements
- Civic Participation: 47 citizen committees formed, representing 750 families with over 200 community leaders trained
Transformation looks like...improved social cohesion and relationships within and across communities.
- Trust-Building: Drastic improvement in social trust and community relations between neighbors; 40% of neighbors relate more, know each other by name and participate together in community projects, up from 11%.
- Relationships between poor and non-poor: Mutually enriching relationships built between middle/upper-middle class and their urban poor neighbors