Together We are Building Sustainable Peace

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

Youth Have the Power to Create Positive Change

Programa Internacional de Paz en Bolivia 2021

Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis

“Small actions can make a big impact and bring big inspiration”

Women Have the Power to End Poverty & Violence

When they are educated, healthy and economically empowered.

Reducing Gender-Based Violence

“Reducing Gender-Based Violence & Achieving Positive Peace By Empowering Women Affected And Infected With HIV In The Slums Of Kisumu, Kenya”

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 peacebuilding and sustainable peace. These leaders are involved in the design and implementation of innovative projects.

We seek to maximize social impact by strengthening local capacities and connecting the communities we serve with support from philanthropic and global development practitioner partners through a life-changing experiences in our Service Abroad programs and collaborative projects.

FEATURED PROJECT

“REDUCING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE & ACHIEVING POSITIVE PEACE BY EMPOWERING WOMEN AFFECTED AND INFECTED WITH HIV IN THE SLUMS OF KISUMU, KENYA”

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most continuous violations of human rights across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, a high prevalence of violence is associated with higher rates of HIV infection among marginalized populations. Evidence shows that living with HIV constitutes a pronounced risk factor for experiencing GBV. / Many women in Sub-Saharan Africa, like Kenya, are disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2016 alone, 34,000 adult women were infected with HIV, compared with 22,000 adult men. Kisumu contributed to 9.5% of the total number of people living with HIV in Kenya and is hence ranked the third highest area throughout the entire nation of Kenya according to the National Aids Control Council of Kenya as of 2015. This prevalence is associated with high poverty levels that push people into commercial sex work and sex in exchange for steady supply of fish, which is then used for trade. Continued engagement in such risky behaviors perpetuates poverty among children who are often left as orphans with the death menace of parents related to HIV/AIDS, which is highest along the Lake Victoria shores compared to other parts of Kenya.

In partnership with Women Arise for Positive Change (WAPC)

PORTFOLIO

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.

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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.

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Peace Education Program for Young Leaders of Bolivia
Sanitation and Covid-19 Prevention in Indigenous Communities
Peace & Economic Development: "Chocolate, Mole & Mushrooms for Positive peace in the Mixteca Oaxaquena, Mexico"
In partnership with Salud, Arte y Educacion (SAE)
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.

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Microenterprises Network to Reduce Domestic Violence in Bolivia
Water & Sanitation for Indigenous Communities in Bolivia
Water4All QBL Quaker Bolivia Link
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.

Economic Development and Fair Trade by supporting microenterprises and cooperatives.
In partnership with Maria Perez, Rotary Peace Fellow

CHANGE STARTS WITH YOU

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