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31 May, 2018

In the short history of this century Ukraine is a country that has been marked by eruptions of conflict within the country The Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Maidan protests in the winter of 2013/14 were world news. Olena Kashkarova is one of the people who works to restore mutual trust in this deeply divided country. She is one of the leaders of the Foundations for Freedom (F4F) initiative, that seeks to bridge the divides between different groups in society by stimulating dialogue. On 5 April she was in the centre of Initiatives of Change in The Hague to tell about her work.

David and Barbara Down with Hari Shukla, former Director of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council, and his wife Ranju Shukla, who were two of those who invited David and Barbara to base in Newcastle in 1995.
27 May, 2018

In a splendid ceremony in Newcastle upon Tyne’s Civic Centre on 23 May, Cllr David Down, a former full-time volunteer with Initiatives of Change, was elected as the Lord Mayor of the city for 2018-19. His fellow councillors added good-humoured banter during formal speeches in support of him. His wife, Barbara, who is IofC UK's head of personnel and IofC's webmaster, becomes the Lady Mayoress.

Iman Al Ghafari, Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye, Ola Al Darwish, Kate Monkhouse
25 May, 2018

Creators of Peace UK hosted a visit from Iman Al Ghafari and Ola Al Darwish who run Creators of Peace Circles in Damascus, Syria sharing inspiration of how women are supporting one another in the midst of war.

Angela Staravoytova leading a training session
08 May, 2018

In Ukraine, Initiatives of Change is known officially as Foundations for Freedom. F4F, as it is often called, is tackling some of the country’s most difficult challenges. Three of its leaders write about it.

08 May, 2018

Recently a new IofC programme has been formed, 'Apsara I Care', in Battambang, Cambodia. The programme will need two volunteers who could offer community services from six to 12 months in Battambang.

30 April, 2018

'From this distance I may be able to see what peace might look like for others, but will I ever be able to feel it too?'

20 April, 2018

The Middle East is widely regarded as an area of unmitigated negativity. However, there are more creative and hope-giving initiatives being undertaken than we might imagine. It is to some of these that a group from Lebanon and Syria will witness on a short European tour to Sweden, Norway and the UK between 21 April and 12 May. The visiting delegation is associated with the international Initiatives of Change movement, and they represent two networks which are working for peace in their countries through people finding new perspectives and a change of heart.

Chad - a Journey to Hope DVD cover
03 April, 2018

The official launch of the film 'Chad - a Journey to Hope' took place at the Centre Al Mouna in NDjamena, on 21 March. The launch was organised by the Chadian Association of Initiatives of Change and co-hosted together with Chad’s National Network for Peace & Reconciliation (CSAPR).

IofC Lebanon
03 April, 2018

On Saturday 24 February, IofC Lebanon conducted its first outreach workshop in 2018, entitled ‘Let's Make a difference’ in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of Aley. The event brought more than 24 participants together for a fruitful and invigorating discussion. Sixteen of the participants were newcomers and had their first experience with IofC and the organization’s rich history and core values.

The 10th anniversary of Creators of Peace Kenya
30 March, 2018

The 10th anniversary of Creators of Peace Kenya (CoP Kenya) was celebrated by over 100 women gathered at St Mary’s Pastoral Centre in Nakuru, Kenya, from 26 February to 2 March 2018.