Karuna Center works in partnership with communities and organizations worldwide to address the causes and consequences of violent conflict.
Karuna Center works in partnership with communities and organizations worldwide to address the causes and consequences of violent conflict. We develop and implement innovative strategies for conflict transformation and community reconciliation in societies where ethnic, religious, sectarian, or political conflict threatens the possibility of a healthy, inclusive democracy and sustainable development.
At the heart of our work, we build connections—authentic relationships—for mutual survival. Our programs lead people to identify 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.
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 in allowing us to continue our work in emerging programs such as these.