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A Peacebuilding Memorial & Learning Center (PBM&LC)

A durable peacebuilding entity and a space to remember, heal and learn from Nepal's armed conflict and peace-building efforts.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

A conflict-victim woman Susma Karki from Dang whose husband was killed in the war shares, “I had a lifetime of struggle and pain, and with the progress of the commissions it seems my children will have to go through the same pain as I did.” in an event of 'our endeavour for peace and truth-seeking' of Nagarik Aawaz. In 10 years of armed conflict, more than 17000 lost their lives, 1600 are missing and 70,000 are made conflict-victims. After 12 years since the conflict ended, our government has failed to give justice and dignity to people who had lost everything in the war. PBM&LC will try help conflict-victims like of Susma. It will help honour her loss, heal her wounds, learn from her strength and help lead a life with dignity. PBM&LC will comprise a memorial and learning, and prosper durable peacebuilding efforts in Nepal and the region, to set an example in the world. PBM&LC is vibrant space which connects with peace places in the region and the world, it dreams to become a knowledge centre for peacebuilding, learning and research activities. It will comprise of a safe space for conflict victims and peace builders alike for remembrance, learning and collaborate peacebuilding in the nation, region and worldwide.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Primary beneficiaries of PBM&LC Conflict-Victims and their families: Help More than 70,000 conflict-victims in Nepal from remembrance, healing, and document & narrate their stories. Marginalized and Conflict-Affected Young Adults & Women: More than 25,000 marginalized and conflict-affected young adults (16-25 age) and women are directly benefitted through peace initiatives by encouragement, healing, skill development and leadership. Secondary Beneficiaries: Peace Practitioners & Researchers: Lend support and create space to learn peace-building for at least 100 peace practitioners and researchers annually from Nepal and worldwide. Nation and Worldwide: An international memorial site dedicating to remember the 10 years armed conflict and contribute to upholding peace in Nepal and worldwide. New Generations: A place helping relate to our immediate past of Nepal for the new generation, to prevent it from happening again.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

A living structure dedicated to remembering, healing, learning and sustaining peace in Nepal and world, it is a unique approach in documentation and dissemination of peacebuilding efforts. Nagarik Aawaz is grounded organization with strong values working alongside more than 3000 conflict-victim young adults and women. Other organizations might not have the same aspiration to work along the conflict-victims and might crater needs of donors rather than listening to people. This idea is unique as this space help dignify the loss and suffering of conflict-victims of Nepal, which is their immediate need, which no organizations or government of Nepal has taken initiative to date.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.
  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Nagarik Aawaz is a non-profit pioneering community peacebuilding, by harnessing the energy of young adults and women, creating safe-spaces and investing on institutional capacities of local structures for trust building and non-violence.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

This project is a dream project of Nagarik Aawaz. Nagarik Aawaz means the voice of the people. The conflict-victims express the need for safe space to ventilate their anger and let go of their grievances. A safe space will help bond with people from different walks of life to own shared suffering and help narrate their stories of strength. PBM&LC is an accumulation of 17 years of learning through listening to the voices of conflict-victims.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace is influenced by the suffering of more than 70,000 people affected by armed conflict during 1996-2006 of Nepal. Prosperity has been impacted by delayed justice, and lack of space for remembrance and healing for conflict-victims to lead a dignified life.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

More than 300 Peace Ambassadors and Volunteers will work alongside our organization in PBM&LC. They will engage in learning, leadership development and transference of ideas in their communities. In a program called Women Leaders in Action, 70 conflict-victim women are provided space to heal and learn and receive seed funds to lead their own issues to improve dignity in their communities. Many of them are in governmental structures through the encouragement of this projects.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Nagarik Aawaz has more than 1000 young peace ambassadors and peace volunteers, with capable knowledge and leadership in community peacebuilding.

Geographic Focus

PBM&LC will target its surrounding community (Nawalpur District), Nepal, region and the world.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

We will require 36 months.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Photo of Samantha Pathirathna

Dear Nagarik,
Yes your idea is different. When I read I can feel what is your intention. We Sri Lanka also experienced the emotionality of remembrance, healing and reconciliation. It is truly important. My only concern is we have to make sure the remembrance, healing and reconciliation within the framework of peace and not to create further tensions. I am sure you have thought on that aspect too. If not some extreme people and groups will be able to capitalize it for their benefit.
Further I would like to invite you also to become part of my project where I need to select 5 youth from your country to network with 250 youth in this project. If you would like and will be able to connect youth with this project please go through my proposal and send me your thoughts. Best Regards Samantha

Photo of Nagarik Aawaz

Dear Samantha,

Thank you for pointing out that our idea is different. We are aware of Sirlankan's need for healing, which is similar to ours. You are right, we are investing in building ownership of conflict-affected communities from the starting phase. We will dedicate our whole energy to ensure this entity to become for the victims of war. In seventeen years of our existence, we have gained trust and worked alongside thousands of young people and women affected by war. We will use that trust and experience in building this center.

We will discuss among the team about your project, and seek the interest of our youths. We will inform you as soon as possible.

Photo of Samantha Pathirathna

Dear Nagarik, Thank you so much for your positive and prompt response. Yes we all should contribute healing of conflict affected people in the world. I too do any possible contribution for your project as and when required. Best Samantha

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