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Peace to Our Homes
The Peace Project covered three countries in the Caucasus region namely: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The multifaceted intervention involving community members, adults and the youth allows making an irreversible impact on people's mentality and attitudes, which are the main reasons for conflict. Learning to live in peace by doing peace is the idea underlying the proposed strategy. The strategy's strength is in the usage of tested and well-known models of the community development, youth leadership development and Peer-to-Peer Education.
The goal of the Peace Project was to support local peacemaking initiatives in the region of the South Caucasus through training, technical assistance and livestock distribution to the needy families of refugees and internally displaced people. The components of the project were placement of animals, establishment of rural youth clubs, and training in health, animal health and leadership increase income, nutrition and leadership for the participants. As of May, 2010 overall of 995 families in 16 communities of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan received cows, sheep, goats, beehives, piglets and potato, tomato, alfalfa and barley seeds.
During the second phase of the project, fifteen YES for Peace Youth clubs were established in three countries, where, so far, around 1345 children have benefitted from vocational training in agriculture, journalism, health education, ecological education and civic education, logical thinking and youth leadership. The second phase of the project includes three components 1) YES for PEACE Clubs; 2) Community Strengthening through Community Action Plans development and implementation; and 3) Confidence Building measures among Regional Youth.
The project was funded by Heifer International and Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst e.V. (EED), the Church Development Service NGO from Germany. The project was implemented by a consortium of Armenian, Georgian and Azeri NGOs. Joint management and overseeing of the project was done by Heifer Armenia