FEBRUARY IS PEACE & CONFLICT RESOLUTION MONTH

Posted by Donair Wilmouth on Feb 01, 2018
Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. 
 
We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
 
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
 
Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
  • Improving quality of life. Rotary members founded the People for People Foundation, which has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.
  • Raising awareness of bullying. Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct anti-bullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.
  • Protecting domestic violence survivors and their families. The U.S. state of Louisiana has the fourth highest incidence of death caused by domestic violence. Local Rotary members met this issue by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counselling to over 500 women in one year.