NGOs often work in difficult environments, where violence, poverty and discrimination are present. To address these challenges, workers need tools that will help them to empower the people they are working with. Restorative practices can provide these tools for community development.
NGOs using restorative practices in communities have fostered significant declines in conflict, increased cohesiveness and a greater sense of well-being. IIRP Latin America has trained NGOS that suddenly find they can help solve conflicts that previously seemed intractable. Restorative practices also provide new tools for supporting the decision-making process within communities.
- Health clinics were built and established in Nicaragua only after community members were able to address contentious differences of opinion and achieve consensus coordinated by AMOS Health and Hope utilizing restorative practices.
- Family group conferencing, a restorative participatory decision-making process, supports children and families experiencing domestic violence in greater Lima, Peru, coordinated by Kusi Warma.
- Teams in Ecuador, Brazil, Columbia and Peru working in the field of restorative justice with Swiss NGO Terre de hommes have been trained by IIRP Latin America.
- In Cuba, volunteers integrate circle processes into their successful group processes aimed at forgiveness and reconciliation through ESPERE (Escuela de Perdón y Reconciliación, or School of Forgiveness and Reconciliation).
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