Karuna Center works in partnership with communities and organizations worldwide to address the causes and consequences of violent conflict.
We seek to heal the severe wounds in societies where ethnic, religious, sectarian, or political conflict threatens the well-being and human rights of those in the region.The Karuna Center develops and implements innovative strategies for conflict transformation and community reconciliation in those difficult areas. We also promote the development of healthy, inclusive democracies.
At the heart of our work, we build connections—authentic relationships—for mutual survival. Our programs and collaberations with local partners lead people to identify the roots of the conflicts that divide them, develop mutual understanding, and come together to construct a shared future. We discover that even in communities torn apart by violence, finding peace is possible—and necessary.
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.
Locally, we are currently working with the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke to empower youth with nonviolent conflict transformation skills, as well as with Critical Connections to address divides between Muslim and non-Muslim people in Massachusetts. Your Valley Gives donations are greatly appreciated, and allow us to both continue our work in conflict zones across the globe, and build bridged between communities close to home.
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