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The Subornogram Foundation – Bangladesh

Years: 2012 – 2013
Peace Fellows Deployed: 2

Mission: The Subornogram Foundation was founded in 2003 by Bangladesh activist Shahed Kayes to work with the marginalized communities that live along the Meghna River in Bangladesh and indigenous people in Bandarban, Chittagong. The Foundation seeks to build a knowledge-based society in Bangladesh and defend the rights of women, children, and marginalized communities. It also promotes environmental awareness, in Bangladesh and across the globe.

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The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indeginous Management (SATIIM) – Belize

Years: 2011
Peace Fellows Deployed: 1

Mission: The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) works to manage the 42,000-acre Sarstoon Temash National Park and protect the rights of the Q’eqchi Maya and Garifuna communities living around it. In response to a need for environmental conservation as well as poverty reduction, SATIIM helps communities implement sustainable development projects.

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Chintan – India

Years: 2008-2009, 2011
Peace Fellows Deployed: 5

Mission: Chintan was founded in 1999 to address issues of sustainable consumption and environmental and social justice. Chintan promotes strategies that secure environmental and social justice in a rapidly transforming India. Chintan believes that it is increasingly critical to work directly with the poor and marginal communities in India (e.g. waste pickers or “Waste Recyclers”) and form new kinds of partnerships to move us closer to a vision of an environmentally and socially just world. Chintan uses a grassroots approach that informs all of their work, right up to advocating for better policy at the state and central level.

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East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights (ECAAIR) – Uganda

Years: 2008, 2010-2011
Peace Fellows Deployed: 2

Mission: East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights (ECAAIR) advocates to stop all socio-political, economic discrimination and all kind of slavery against the pygmies or indigenous communities. It reaches, mobilizes, empowers and links indigenous and rural communities through capacity building, lobbing and advocacy for community development.

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The Dale Farm Housing Association – United Kingdom

Years: 2008 – 2011
Peace Fellows Deployed: 2

Mission: The Dale Farm Housing Association seeks to protect the rights of Travelers living at the Dale Farm Community in south-east England. The organization is committed to legalizing the status of Travelers who have been denied the right to develop land they own. The Association has around 100 members, all of whom pay a contribution, and is led by Richard Sheridan, the organization’s president. The Advocacy Project began working with the Association in June 2005, following the decision by the Basildon Council to evict 86 families from Dale Farm.

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The Jagaran Media Center (JMC) – Nepal

Years: 2006 – 2009, 2011, 2013
Peace Fellows Deployed: 8

Mission: The Jagaran Media Center (JMC) was set up in 2000 by journalists from the Dalit (“untouchable,” lowest caste) community in Nepal. The organization appeals for eliminating discrimination and providing social justice, peace, and establishing human rights. It seeks to spotlight ongoing abuses against the Dalit.

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Home for Human Rights (HHR) – Sri Lanka

Years: 2004 – 2008, 2010 – 2011
Peace Fellows Deployed: 8

Mission: Home for Human Rights strives to preserve and protect economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights. It seeks to protect the fundamental freedoms of the people in Sri Lanka and prevent the violation of their rights as embodied in the Sri Lanka constitution, international covenants, conventions, treaties, institutions, and organizations. HHR documents human rights violations and provides legal and medical aid to victims of abuse resulting from the civil conflict.

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National Network of Families Disappeared and Missing in Nepal (NEFAD) – Nepal

Years: 2015 – Present
Peace Fellows Deployed: 5

Mission: : NEFAD is a network of district based associations of families of the missing and disappeared in Nepal. The national network aims to provide support, advocacy and relief for the families of the disappeared. It is rooted in the families themselves, both in informing the work of the network (what it does) and in who leads it (the representatives).

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Leros Solidarity Network (LSN) – Greece

Years: 2018

Mission: LSN is a civil society association founded in the small island of Leros by local citizens who are passionate about solidarity. With the help of a wide network of Greek and international partners and volunteers, the organization helps people in need, mainly on the island of Leros.

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The Greek Forum of Refugees (GFR) – Greece

Years: 2016
Peace Fellows Deployed: 1

Mission: The Greek Forum of refugees focuses on defending the rights and protecting the freedoms of refugees and asylum seekers, as enshrined by international law. The organization monitors developments in the legislation, both the Greek, European and international. GFR also updates refugees of their rights and obligations.

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The Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center (DWRC) – Palestine

Years: 2012
Peace Fellows Deployed: 1

Mission: The Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center (DWRC) – a non-governmental, non-profit organization that is not affiliated with any political party – was established in 1993 by a group of trade unionists, lawyers, academics, and political figures in the Palestinian society. Their mission is to spread labor and democracy education, strengthen the knowledge and skills of workers’ leaders, and increase their awareness of their rights, as well as mechanisms to protect them. DWRC also works to provide legal aid and encourage workers to build their representative bodies on a democratic basis.

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The Alternative Information Center (AIC) – Israel

Years: 2016 – 2018
Peace Fellows Deployed: 3

Mission: The Alternative Information Center (AIC) is a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization which prioritizes advocacy, critical analysis and information sharing on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In doing so, the AIC promotes cooperation between Palestinian and Israelis based on the values of social and political justice, equality, solidarity, community involvement and respect for the human rights of the Palestinian people.

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Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO) – Bangladesh

Years: 2007-2009, 2011
Peace Fellows Deployed: 5

Mission: Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO) has been working for the development and protection of the disabled community in Bangladesh. Founded and run by individuals living with blindness themselves, BERDO’s programs include microcredit, rehabilitation, a Talking Library, scholarships, job placement, health services, and disability prevention. BERDO fulfills its mission through networking, research, advocacy, and service.

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Association for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (AEPD) – Vietnam

Years: 2011 – Present
Peace Fellows Deployed: 8

Mission: The Association for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (formerly Landmine Survivors Network) is a local non-profit organization working in Quang Binh Province, Central Vietnam. AEPD aims to improve the quality of life of Persons with Disabilities in sustainable ways through economic and social empowerment and access to health care. AEPD’s vision is an inclusive and barrier-free society where people with disabilities can fulfill their potential, enjoy equal opportunities, and contribute actively to their communities.

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Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU) – Uganda

Years: 2008 – Present
Peace Fellows Deployed: 11

Mission: The GDPU started its activities in 1979 when Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Gulu organized themselves in order to get food and essential commodities despite serious shortages that faced the country right after the fall of Idi Amin. PWDs sent a delegation to District authorities in Gulu where they explained the problems that they were facing, and successfully petitioned the District Commissioner to designate a specific day that PWDs could get their food rations. They continued operating as an unofficial group until 1992, when they formally set up the GDPU as an NGO that would advocate for, and serve as a voice for PWDs in Gulu district.

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Gideon Foundation Against Child Sacrifice – Uganda

Years: 2011 – 2012
Peace Fellows Deployed: 2

Mission: The Gideon Foundation Against Child Sacrifice seeks to stop human sacrifice and offers psycho-social support to victims and survivors. The Foundation creates awareness of children’s rights and lobbies against child sacrifices and ritual murders. Its vision is a nation where children are no longer deprived of security and are free from the violation of their human rights.

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The Oruj Learning Center – Afghanistan

Years: 2007
Peace Fellows Deployed: 1

Mission: : The Oruj Learning Center (formerly Omid) seeks to provide an education for young girls in remote regions of Afghanistan. Oruj was founded in 2003 by Sadiqa Basiri, who spent many years in Pakistan as a refugee during the Taliban years. On her return, Ms Basiri put up her own money to pay for the education of 30 girls from her home village of Godah. After just two years, Oruj is supporting 1,200 girl students in four schools across Afghanistan. The project continues to grow in attendees, and is providing a valuable service for girls who would otherwise be unable to have an education.

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The Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE) – Kenya

Years: 2009 – 2012
Peace Fellows Deployed: 6

Mission: : The Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE) was founded in 2009 by Kakenya Ntaiya to educate Maasai girls and end female genital cutting. The organization provides life-changing education to empower girls, end harmful traditional practices, and uplift rural communities in Kenya. KCE believes that every girl, no matter where she is born, deserves a chance to dream and achieve her full potential. When a girl is empowered to learn, grow, and lead, the future is bright. This is Kakenya’s Dream.

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Backward Society Education (BASE) – Nepal

Years: 2009 – 2013
Peace Fellows Deployed: 9

Mission: Backward Society Education (BASE) is an NGO that aims to ensure that the children of former Kamaiyas, landless and other poor people (primarily Tharu people) have access and equal rights to free education. It also promotes the abolition of bonded labor and equal rights for all Nepalis. BASE’s mission is to uplift marginalized people including child laborers, disaster-affected people, and victims of armed conflict.

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Sini Sanuman (“Healthy Tomorrow”) – Mali

Years: 2014 – Present
Peace Fellows Deployed: 3

Mission: : Sini Sanuman (“Healthy Tomorrow”) was set up in 2002 to coordinate a campaign by Malian civil society against excision/Female Genital Mutilation. Sini Sanuman works in Mali, West Africa, to convince parents not to have their daughters excised, and excisers to stop excising. The organization work person-to-person, through large public meetings, sometimes with whole villages and through the mass media. They operate from their office in Bamako.

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SOS Femmes en Danger (SOSFED) – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Years: 2008 – 2014
Peace Fellows Deployed: 4

Mission: SOSFED was launched by Marceline Kongolo, a Congolese advocate, to shelter rape survivors while they recover. The campaign also added services as new needs emerged and prepared women for re-entry into society, by teaching them to sew and cultivate. In 2011, SOSFED began to accompany beneficiaries home and help them to reunite with their husbands.

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Women Advocacy Project (WAP) – Zimbabwe

Years: 2018
Peace Fellows Deployed: 1

Mission: Women Advocacy Project is a registered non-governmental, not for profit making trust for women empowerment. The organization was created in 2012 by a group of women from different communities of Harare. WAP was established after the realization of inadequate attention given to the issues that are affecting women and girls. The organization is committed to promoting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized women and girls in communities in Zimbabwe through holding advocacy campaigns and lobbying for the right of voiceless.

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Care Women Nepal (CWN) – Nepal

Years: 2012 – 2017
Peace Fellows Deployed: 4

Mission:Care Women Nepal was founded in 1998 by Indira Thapa, from Muga, Dhankuta, Nepal. As a young child, Indira witnessed the death of a young women during pregnancy due to a lack of reproductive health services within the region. She decided that she had to act. Indira founded CWN out of a desire to provide reproductive health services to the women in Dhankuta.

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The Kosova Women’s Network (KWN) – Kosovo

Years: 2003, 2006, 2008 – 2009
Peace Fellows Deployed: 4

Mission: The Kosova Women’s Network (KWN) mission is to support, protect and promote the rights and the interests of women and girls throughout Kosova, regardless of their political beliefs, religion, age, level of education, sexual orientation and ability.

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Centre for Agro-Ecology and Development (CAED) – Nepal

Years: 2008, 2010 – 2012, 2016, 2018
Peace Fellows Deployed: 5

Mission: CAED has been undertaking human rights-based holistic programmes in remote districts in eastern, central and mid-western terai, hills and Karnali regions of Nepal with marginalized communities for more than 15 years, focusing on better utilizing local and non-material resources. CAED’s approach combines both an emphasis on meeting basic economic and health needs along with right’s based empowerment.

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The Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) – Nigeria

Years: 2003, 2006
Peace Fellows Deployed: 4

Mission: Established in 1995, the Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) monitors the status of women’s rights politically and socially, organizes resource centers for women’s groups in Nigeria, and works to educate the public on issues of women’s rights and welfare. WOCON is committed to the enforcement of women’s rights and the attainment of equality, development and peace. It also advocates against trafficking and child slavery.

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The International Roma Women’s Network (IRWN) – Europe

Years: 2002 – Present

Mission: The International Roma Women’s Network was launched on World Roma Day (April 8) 2003, bringing Roma women from 18 European countries together to lobby governments for the rights of Roma women and increase the visibility of Roma culture. IRWN is the first group to bring together Roma women’s groups from Eastern and Western Europe. The organization includes Roma, Sinti, Gypsies and Travellers.

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The Association Bosnian Family (BOSFAM) – Bosnia

Years: 2010 – 2015
Peace Fellows Deployed: 5

Mission: BOSFAM is a non-governmental organization that provides psychosocial and economic assistance to women affected by the Bosnian war of 1992-1995.

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Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) – Afghanistan

Years: 2004 – 2007
Peace Fellows Deployed: 6

Mission: The AWN envisions an Afghanistan in which women & men live in a justice and discrimination free society. Afghan Women’s Network is a non-partisan and non-profit network, whose members are formed of women, women’s organizations and bodies working for women.

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Collateral Repair Project (CRP)- Jordan

Years: 2016 – 2018
Peace Fellows Deployed: 3

Mission: CRP works to bring much-needed assistance to refugees and other victims of war and conflict—those commonly referred to as “collateral damage.” The organization seeks to repair some of this damage and, through these efforts, foster peace and reconciliation.

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The Coalition for Gun Control – Canada

Years: 2010
Peace Fellows Deployed: 1

Mission: The Coalition for Gun Control is an alliance of more than 300 major policing, public safety and violence prevention organizations whose mission is to reduce and prevent gun violence, injury and crime.

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Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) – Fiji

Years: 2006
Peace Fellows Deployed: 1

Mission: The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum Limited (CCF) is a non-governmental organisation based in Suva with more than 20 years’ experience in community education and advocacy on Fiji’s Constitution, democracy, human rights and multiculturalism.