Together We are Building Sustainable Peace

We work with fragile communities to create opportunities for sustainable peace.

U4C PROJECTS ARE INFORMED BY AND ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs) AND THE POSITIVE PEACE FRAMEWORK BY THE INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMICS & PEACE, IEP.

We design and deliver innovative projects based on the U.N. 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Positive Peace Framework (Institute for Economics & Peace) and the Design Thinking model.  We develop community-specific strategic partnerships while collaborating with local and international NGO’s, academia, the private, and the public sector. We support leadership among social impact practitioners and youth focusing on peacebuilding and sustainable peace. These leaders are involved in the design and implementation of the projects.

OUR PORTFOLIO

Access to Healthcare for Women in Bolivia
Location: Mining Communities, Quime La Paz The Challenge Maternal-Child Health: Too many deliveries do not occur in healthcare facilities and have not benefitted from minimal prenatal or well-baby care. Domestic Violence: According to the UN Women, it is estimated that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. Bolivia has one of the highest rates of violence against women in Latin America. One woman dies every three days because of gender-based violence. The Action In order to prevent unnecessary deaths and improve the health and well-being of women and their babies, U4C engages local healthcare professionals in teaching women how to access and utilize essential health care resources. U4C has discovered that healthcare resources may exist but are often unutilized because of limited knowledge. U4C works with local social workers and lawyers to advise women about existing local, national and international law and basic rights. The Impact The number of participants far exceeded the goals since 2012. As of today, 469 women participated in maternal-child healthcare campaigns and domestic violence. In 2017, local healthcare professionals reported a significant increase in local participation in prenatal care. Furthermore, 25 healthcare professionals were trained in different topics. (Download Evaluation Report 2017) U4C delivered five preventative violence workshops for women and men on how to deal with abuse/exploitation through mutual understanding and support. Learn More
Mining Communities, Quime La Paz The Challenge
Location: Mining Communities, Quime La Paz

The Challenge

In Bolivia, the rate of illiteracy of women is 19.35% in relation to the 6.94% in men (15 years and older).The majority of women in the mining community of Quime in La Paz Bolivia are illiterate.75% women in this community dropped out from school between 8 to 10 years old.

The Action

U4C worked with local teachers to develop a curriculum based on an instructional model (curriculum and pedagogy) “Hacia mi Porvernir”. This methodology authored by U4C’s own founders includes pedagogy for teaching adults reading and writing skills, basic knowledge of math, geometry, and history.

The Impact

The number of participants far exceeded the goals for each cohort. As of today, 443 women participated and 78% completed and graduated from the 3-months course.  In the last Cohort, there was a 278% average change in reading and writing levels. Participants developed leadership skills and some are already playing an active role in representing the community.

Literacy & Education for Women in Bolivia
Location: Mining Communities, Quime La Paz The Challenge In Bolivia, the rate of illiteracy of women is 19.35% in relation to the 6.94% in men (15 years and older).The majority of women in the mining community of Quime in La Paz Bolivia are illiterate.75% women in this community dropped out from school between 8 to 10 years old. The Action U4C worked with local teachers to develop a curriculum based on an instructional model (curriculum and pedagogy) “Hacia mi Porvernir”. This methodology authored by U4C’s own founders includes pedagogy for teaching adults reading and writing skills, basic knowledge of math, geometry, and history. The Impact The number of participants far exceeded the goals for each cohort. As of today, 443 women participated and 78% completed and graduated from the 3-months course.  In the last Cohort, there was a 278% average change in reading and writing levels. Participants developed leadership skills and some are already playing an active role in representing the community. Learn More
Economic Empowerment for Women in Bolivia
Location: Mining Communities, Quime La Paz The Challenge While female labor force participation is high in Bolivia, women are much more likely than men to work in part-time or vulnerable employment, informality, and low-productivity sectors. Social norms in sectors like mining, hinder a women’s capacity to take advantage of existing opportunities. The Action Since 2012, 100 women were selected to get trained in different skills including the development of reusable bags and alpaca products. In 2019, more than 400 women participated in the Empowerment Program where they had training opportunities including: Manual weaving with looms; automated weaving with machines; professional sewing; baking & culinary arts; Serigraphy/Silk-screening printing; entrepreneurship & leadership. The Impact As a result, 4 micro-enterprises have been creating. The products are sold in local and global markets through our U4C Fair Trade Store. As a result, 4 micro-enterprises have been creating. Some of the products will be sold in local and global markets through our U4C Fair Trade Store. (Download Evaluation Report 2017) U4C delivered five preventative violence workshops for women and men on how to deal with abuse/exploitation through mutual understanding and support. Learn More
Peace Education Program for Young Leaders of Bolivia
Water & Sanitation for Indigenous Communities in Bolivia
Economic Empowerment for Women in Tanzania
Location: Makiba, Arusha The Challenge The local economy is supported primarily by mining for tanzanite, but there is also a modest amount of farming (peas, beans, maze, casaba, and sunflowers) and ranching (cattle and goats). However, Makiba has an extremely dry climate and very little access to water. The only road in and out of the village is comprised of dirt and is badly maintained. The principal source of employment is mining for tanzanite. There is a complex and difficult relationship between the village and mining operations. Mining wages are extremely low, working conditions are very dangerous, and exploitation is common. In 1996, there was a major mine collapse. It is believed that nearly 200 people died in this disaster. However, no one knows how many children died, because Tanzania law prohibits employment of children by mining operations. So, no loss of life by children was reported in order to avoid legal consequences. Children are known to work in the mines, seeking to fulfill their most basic needs. The mines refer to Assessment Report-Makiba, Tanzania children as “snakes,” because they can crawl through narrow openings at access tanzanite ore.
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