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Organization: Foundation for Self-Sufficiency in Central America, Culture, Spirituality, and Theology of Peace Project
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Yes!  Participating organizations are increasing and strengthening their work for peace.  We see the change both within the organization, in the participating individuals, and in their relationships with third-party individuals and organizations.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Funding always presents a challenge, especially for a project that stretches from Chiapas, Mexico to Panama.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

The Culture, Spirituality, and Theology of Peace project has used a variety of workshops, training institutes, and encounters in order to organize and teach peacemakers at the local level in Mesoamerica.  Beginning in the fall of 2002, individuals in each of the participating countries now have the basic skills to organize workshops and other activities independently.

The project works by strengthening the values and principals necessary for organizations to effectively work for peace.  When firmly rooted in the culture, spirituality, or theology that inspires them, their activities have stronger local participation and a long-lasting impact at the community level.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Our experience has demonstrated that a Culture of Peace becomes meaningful when reinforced from the grassroots, rather than through traditional, top-down methods.  The CSTP project has begun demonstrating success in this regard, so that the local population has the skills, organization, and firm grounding in values and principles necessary to have a lasting impact.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?


PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Please see our website.

Postal address of organization

FSSCA
314 E Highland Mall Blvd., Ste 208-6
Austin, TX  78752  USA

E-mail address of organization

info@fssca.net

Website address of organization

www.fssca.net

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable Development

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a Culture of Peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Central America & Southern Mexico (Chiapas)

Second priority country of action (or international)

United States
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Organization: Foundation for Self-Sufficiency in Central America, Culture, Spirituality, and Theology of Peace Project

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