FACILITATING CULTURE OF PEACE

Unresolved conflicts have become a norm for relationships. Whether it is at homes, at work places, among friends, in communities or among nations, we are left with a trail of disappointments, hurts, bitterness as well as injured or severed relationships. But it doesn’t have to be so……..

Conflicts can be transformed, hurts healed and relationships restored! ​

OUR VISION

Conflicts transformed, Relationships restored, Communities living in justice and peace, Nations healed

MISSION

Transform cultures of violence into cultures of peace; unmask and redeem systems and structures that perpetuate injustice, inequity and strife; rehabilitate and restore victims of abuse, domination and violence; build communal cohesiveness & ecological harmony, and promote national & global peace.

Participant Feedback

‘The course taught me how to respond to conflicts in day-to-day life and ways to control myself. It also helped me in discovering myself as to what kind of person I am and how I can improve…

Student of Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies

Participant Feedback

‘The course helped me to understand relationships better, maintain healthy relationships… and showed me the ways to achieve peace.’

Student of Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
 Participant Feedback

‘…We are forgotten by the world outside, some of us even by our own family members. We cannot believe we are being heard.”

Life Convict - Participant Roopantara Program

Participant Feedback

‘I am surprised that somebody thought of a program like this for prisoners! I am a prisoners’ child and I know what this really means and the difference it will make to all of us.’

Child of Prisoner anout Roopantara Program

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES  

REHABILITATION OF PRISONERS FORGOTTEN BEHIND BARS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Prisoners often come from a background of conflict that was abusive and violent.  Their families have been torn by effects of unresolved conflicts and unhealthy conflict handling.
Once in prison, they are excluded and forgotten by our society. The most affected remains the women and children. 
Prisoners need opportunities and resources to effectively deal with their past and to constructively engage in rebuilding their lives, families and community. If not, they are least likely to succeed in life after release outside the prison and the worst is they are more likely to commit crime.
 
At Peacemakers our intervention aims at reducing recidivism through psycho-social rehabilitation and family re-integration of the prisoners in collaboration with the Department of Prisons and Correctional Services, Govt. Of Karnataka and the Bengaluru Central Prisons, Bengaluru.
It was initiated by social workers from TISS – Andria Lobo and followed by Ashmira – on a Tata Trust supported fellowship of TISS. Looking at the immense need for professional intervention and in order to sustain the impact, Peacemakers committed for long-term work among the women inmates of prisons and their families. Since 2018, the work is extended to male under-trials and convicts with  psychiatric illness, under-trial male youth in the age group of 18 to 25 years and male convicts.
The framework for rehabilitation program integrates Mental Health and Wellness Recovery (MHWR) by adapting Wellness Model developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, Co-founder of the Wellness Institute (NWI). The intervention covers six areas of wellbeing, namely Physical Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Social Wellness, Occupational Wellness, and Spiritual Wellness

SAHAYANA Rehabilitation of Prisoners with Psychiatric Illness.

It was started in 2018 that aims to help prisoners to deal with everyday challenges effectively and prepare them for life outside prisons. Through individual support, group work and family re-integration.

Through individual support, group work and family re-int

Legal Aid Support & Follow-Up

This is to provide education about the criminal laws, particulalry to facilitate understanding about trial process and staus including provisions and legal rights. We extend financial assistance for economically weak persons particularly women and abandoned prisoners – to pay for bail amount, penalty and lawyer fee. 

Children Education & Care Support.

It was started in 2016 to provide an opportunity for prisoners children to complete their education and grow in a safe environment – particularly girl-child and children of single mothers who are economically backward. 

We Welcome Partnerships & Collaboration

Our institutional partners are Department of Prisons & Correctional Services, Government of Karnataka;

Department of Psychiatry, Central Hospital, Bangalore Central Prison;                        

Flatworld Solutions Pvt Ltd,         

Craftizen, Centre for Social Action (CSA) of Christ (Deemed to be University).

Life and Livelihood Skills for Women Prisoners

It was started in 2016 that aims to facilitate healing from the past and dream for the future, and equipping with livelihood skills such as beautician, quilling, embroidery & tassels work, cloth journal binders, painting and making greeting cards. Through individual support, group work and family re-integration.

Bengaluru Central Music School (BCMS)

It was started in 2018 with an aim to create therapeutic environment, space and opportunity for the youth (18 to 25) to appreciate and learn music, write and compose music. Music instruments are provided, music teachers arranged, including stipend and uniform for the music students. 

ROOPANTARA  Preparation for Release & Post Release Support for Prisoners

This was initiated in 2017. For the first time in India, a targeted program was conceived and implemented in all 7 Central Prisons in Karnataka to comprehensively prepare prisoners to smoothly re-integrate into their families and communities.  

We Welcome Your Ideas and Involvement.

The Above work is implemented in collaboration and partnership with individuals from various walks of life – Home Makers, Social Workers, Lawyers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Doctors, IT Workers, Teachers, Artists, Musicians, Engineers, Fitness Instructors, and Sportsmen.