About Our History and Mission
Friends Peace House, as known as URUGO RW’AMAHORO in Kinyarwanda, was created in December 2000 by the Evangelical Friends Church of Rwanda, a member of the Quaker branch of historically pacifist churches, as an agency to witness peace, reconciliation, and conflict resolution in Rwanda after the genocide and war of 1994.
Our mission is to promote peace, unity and reconciliation among the people of Rwanda and to holistically contribute to the development of the Rwandan society.
The vision of our organization is to see Rwandese people living together, having good relations with one another in healthy, well-developed communities.
Our core values include: Peace (Shalom), Integrity, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Unity, Transparency, Openness, Discernment.
We are a church-based organisation, but we work with all Rwandans without discrimination with regards to race, church membership, religion, faith, or gender. FPH has an autonomous board of directors and independent finances.
The overall objective of Friends Peace House is to develop the capacity of the Rwandan Community to enhance individual’s quality of life and to promote peace and harmonious living. Specifically, we aim to:
- Deepen and strengthen commitment to work for peace among communities
- Promote cohesion, dialogue and solidarity among communities in order to speed up the process of rebuilding broken relationships
- Develop the consciousness to work to attain self-support, build the sense of ownership and positive social-economic change.
- Vocational training for vulnerable youth
- Community savings and loans
- Conservation Agriculture
- Trainings in conflict resolution, mediation, and trauma healing.
- Volunteer counselors & mediators in Kigeme refugee camp
- Networking with other NGO’s to promote collaboration in peace and development work
Since the start of our activities in 2001, Friends Peace House has grown significantly. Over 30,000 individuals have been trained from all over Rwanda by FPH and are peace resources in their communities. Over 65 groups have been formed as a result of trainings and these groups continue to develop themselves their members and their communities.
Our activities are wide and varied but focus primarily on building the capacities of leaders, the state, grassroots associations, civil society institutions, and the general population of Rwanda to respond to situations of conflict and violence in their homes and communities. In 2004, our Alternatives to Violence Project trained more than 1300 village-court gacaca judges, teaching them listening and conflict resolution skills. Women in Dialogue was a program that bridged the divide between women survivors of the genocide and women whose husbands have been imprisoned for genocide-related crimes.
Friends Peace House seeks to equip peace actors who can bring about positive change in the lives they touch and work towards a culture of peace that will last.