Building Peace, Piece by piece:
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
2012 was a watershed year for the ant. With horror, we watched the shattering of harmony and long-held relationships as Bodos and Bengali Muslims fought it out. The poorest and the most vulnerable – women, children, elderly – bear the heaviest burden of conflict. Long after the violence ends, the poisonous effects of conflict lingers. Mending broken relationships and discovering spaces for peace is what we have been attempting since 2012.
- Promote “Sahayak Manch” (cooperation forums) in villages affected by ethnic violence to use dialogue and explore non-violent actions for settling conflicts and jointly solving problems.
- Instead of fighting each other, organize people to fight together for their rights and entitlements.
Legal Aid Centre
“Peace is not the absence of War, but the presence of Justice”.
Peace and justice being two parts of the same coin, after 2012, we started a Legal Aid Centre at the ant campus to offer free legal advice and help for people who need. Lawyers and para-legals help solve cases of the community through both legal advice and legal aid. 70% of the cases that come to us are of domestic violence.