Karuna Center works in partnership with communities and organizations worldwide to address the causes and consequences of violent conflict.
The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding is committed to the development and implementation of innovative, sustainable strategies for conflict transformation and community reconciliation in societies where ethnic, religious, sectarian, or political conflict threatens the possibility of sustainable development and healthy, inclusive democracies.
"At the heart of our work, we build connections -authentic relationships -for mutual survival. Our programs lead people to identity the roots of the conflicts that divide them, develop mutual understanding, and collaborate to problem-solve, adapt, and innovate. We discover that even in communities torn apart by violence, finding peace is possible -and necessary, to meet the collective challenges we face."
-Olivia Stokes Dreier, Executive Director
This year, Karuna Center worked with more than 2,500 people through local & regional initiatives to end cycles of violence and work across divides to create solutions to seemingly impossible problems.
In connecting our work locally, we are currently working with the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke to train youth in nonviolent resolution. Your Valley Gives donations are greatly appreciated in allowing us to continue our work in emerging programs such as this.