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IDEAS FOR ACTION

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The Institute for Peace and Justice
4144 Lindell, #400
St Louis Missouri 63108
USA
Tel: (314) 533-445

AIMS

To enable teachers, pastors, Church and family life leaders, and families to make justice and peace an integral part of their life and work. we focus specifically on the issues of global economic injustice, racism and sexism, and the nuclear arms race.

METHODS

We publish curriculum materials, leaders guides and family-oriented books. We conduct workshops, courses, leadership training programs. We co-ordinate a North American network of families and church leaders and a US network of high school and college teachers.

SUCCESSES

Our Parenting for Peace and Justice Network (NPPJN) is active in 30 US cities and has conducted leadership training workshops for family life leaders in ten US (and beginning in Canada) Christian denominations. We have more than 50 high schools and colleges using our BREAD AND JUSTICE PROGRAM. We have stablished a group of 500 ‘Shareholders’ who support our Institute and whom we have involved in a variety of actions and educational activities for justice and peace.

FAILURES

We have not made the dent we hoped in US policies toward Central America, the arms race, and federal budget priorities

FUTURE PLANS

We are establishing ‘pairing’ relationships between North American and Latin American groups working for change. We want to expand our family and teacher networks and our education/action efforts on the arms race and Central America

HELP NEEDED

We need more local co-ordinators for our NPPJN in additional US and Canadian cities; additional teachers and families are required for both our North American networks.

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Swarna Hansa Foundation
P.O. Box 16, DehiwaIa,
Sri Lanka
Tel: 01-712566

AIMS

To dynamically engage in activities conducive to human development and enhancement of quality of life and protection of human environment by sponsoring and engaging in long term programmes, designed to remedy, alleviate and re-order existent conditions of life and work at the most basic level.

METHODS

People in the developed world who subscribe to the objectives of the Swains Hansa Foundation form themselves into groups. With the assistance and co-ordination of the Foundation they establish direct contacts with poor villages in Sri Lanka and foster links by formulating and implementing long-term programmes Volunteers from the Developed world groups should take part in field work activities in their partner villages and report back directly to their groups enabling to gain a comparative understanding in the way of life at both ends, paving way for a better human development.

SUCCESSES

During the past few years of its existence the Swains Hansa Foundation has been able to link ups few Sri Lankan villages with groups and organisations in the developed world. Though no volunteers have yet participated in the field work in villages in Sri Lanka, a commendable development has been achieved.

FAILURES

Since no volunteers from the Developed world groups have taken part in field work in Sri Lanka, the flow of information has been indirect. A better mutual understanding has yet to be achieved.

FUTURE PLANS

To establish more Swains Hansa groups in the developed world and link them up with villages in Sri Lanka.

HELP NEEDED

The Foundation seeks the assistance from the people in the developed world to establish Swarna Hansa Workgroups in the undeveloped world.

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One Sky Cross— Cultural Centre
134 Avenue F South
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Canada S7 M 1 S8
Tel: 306-652-1571

AIMS

To provide assistance to those struggling to end inequality and exploitation.

To provide the latest information on international affairs and many important Canadian issues.

To provide clipping archives, films, slide-tapes, audio visual equipment, original research, classes and other forms of development education

METHODS

By providing popular education courses, ‘Global Issues’, ‘Citizen’ educator Kits, Clipping service. We have a periodical library of hard-to-find publications. Audio-visual resources are available for community groups. We can provide resource people for workshops and lectures on a negotiated basis. We carry out research for our own publications and for community groups.

SUCCESSES

We have managed to make One Sky a unique resource centre in providing original publications to meet the need faced by various constituencies in research issues and acting upon the information.

FAILURES

We are limited in the audience we are able to reach. We are not able to print as widely available material as we would like because of limited funds.

FUTURE PLANS

The main principle of our work is to provide educational information that supports those leading struggles for change. New parallel file resources have been established in Native issues, women’s issues and multinational corporations. We are striving to make the centre more readily accessible to the community.

HELP NEEDED

Become a subscribing member. Members get reduced costs for rental of equipment, films, slide-tapes, and other resources, such as the One Sky Report Some previous resources are:

Organizing the Unorganized— Summer 1982, Uranium City: More than a Mine is Closing— May 1982. Other publications available include: Multinational Kit, Native Kit, Yellow Cake Road, Natives in a Class Society. Our latest One Sky Report is Microchip Imperialism. Audio-visual catalogue is available upon request.

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