Peace & Reconciliation:
Alternatives to Violence Trainings


     In 2018 Nicaragua suffered a violent political crisis that left our country polarized.  In its wake our Rotary Club prioritized peace and reconciliation work.

Initial Success:

      AVP workshopIn November 2018 our Club sponsored a a 3-day basic training Pilot Project  for 28 people using the Alternatives to Violence (AVP) popular education model.  Participants were all members of our Club and the Rotary Community Corps of Nueva Vida, which our Club sponsors. Participants found the training very useful not only in a larger political context but on a personal and family level, and members of our RCC who are now on the Community Water Committees of our potable water project have found the training useful in resolving conflicts surrounding the water project.

Immediate Goal:  Aid in Managing Conflict

     Phase 1 of the project in 2019-20 is to expand this project working with AVP facilitators to do a second basic training (3 days) with 25 new people, and then create a group of 25 from those initially trained to receive additional training as AVP facilitators. The goal of this Phase is to help communities and families in our city of Ciudad Sandino manage conflict without violence in a time when there is a lot of division in Nicaragua.

Continuing Goals:  Affecting Change within Rotary & RCC dynamics, and with beneficiary communities

Phase 2 is to apply for a Global Grant for this group of facilitators to begin offering trainings to other Rotary Clubs, Rotary Community Corps and other groups within Nicaragua.

     RCCWe are the first Club in our District to have a Rotary Community Corps.  Our Rotary Community Corps is made up of community leaders from impoverished areas and who, therefore, are unable to become Rotarians themselves (they cannot afford the $12/month dues our Club charges). These are folks who would normally be referred to as "beneficiaries" of projects, but are really the boots-on-the-ground folks that we work with on a regular basis in our projects. The Rotary Community Corps model has allowed us to integrate them more into Rotary life and allows them to actually carry out Rotary projects, although they can't manage the funds.

     We would like to help other Rotary Clubs in the country begin to change their model of doing projects "for" communities to working with communities through the formation of RCCs in their "beneficiary" communities. We believe that doing an AVP training with Rotary Club members and RCC members together has the potential to help change this dynamic and also get these groups interested in replicating AVP trainings in communities spread throughout the country. This fulfills the two-fold goal of changing the dynamics within Rotary Clubs and between Rotary Clubs and the communities where they work, as well as spreading the AVP model to other communities.

     There are 16 Rotary Clubs in Nicaragua, and our goal is to make this a country-wide project where each Club forms an RCC and facilitates 3 days of Rotary Club-RCC training, open also to joint trainings with community leadership, Rotaract, etc.

Immediate need:

$1,200 to fund Phase 1, including the training of the 25 AVP facilitators through four 3-day trainings, covering materials, transport, and food.

Medium-term need:

$57,600 to fund Phase 2 through a Global Grant, including four 3-day trainings for groups associated with each Rotary Club in Nicaragua, covering the cost of materials, transport, food and stipends for volunteer facilitators.