GHR's Inter-Religious Action initiative has applied its proven methods to peacebuilding in the Central African Republic, and Thomson Reuters Foundation recently covered how our work is helping participants overcome trauma and rebuild fractured communities. The hope-filled article reports from a workshop in Bangui that is bringing together Christians and Muslims, using the influence of religious leaders to repair relationships and build trust. The piece emphasizes the importance of engaging religious actors in countries where institutions are fragile.
"Religious actors are the bedrock of society in countries where institutions are fragile," the article quotes from GHR Senior Program Advisor Andreas Hipple. "The religious leaders cannot just guide people in their faith but also help them deal with the challenges of life."
GHR knows how collaboration and discussion between religious leaders and communities are essential to solving difficult development problems like the ones faced by CAR, and may be key to building the trusting relationships and social cohesion necessary to restoring peace. The strategy of Inter-Religious Action initiative is hinged on this principle.
We look forward to another year of pursuing impact, responding to emerging needs and supporting our incredible partners around the world. To learn more about innovative work like our efforts in the Central African Republic, contact us.