Peacebuilding en Las Américas promotes peacebuilding and trauma healing in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Peacebuilding en las Américas (PLA) is a Spirit-led organization working to develop long-term relationships with communities in conflict in Latin America to create programs for peace building, healing and reconciliation. Our programs build on extensive Quaker experience combining practical and spiritual aspects of grassroots peace building.
Who We Are
Peacebuilding en Las Américas is one of three initiatives of Friends Peace Teams. Friends Peace Teams is a 501(c3) non-profit organization with a budget raised entirely from donations by individuals and groups. PLA is governed by a Working Group comprised of part-time administrators, volunteers, National Country Coordinators, and Representatives from Friends Yearly Meetings.
What We Do
PLA’s work provides accompaniment, training and concrete skills to communities and organizations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Colombia, places where the violent legacies of civil war and systemic violence perpetuate social inequality and injustice.
We offer the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop series and prepare local volunteers to lead them. PLA developed a Trauma Healing Workshop in 2010 that built upon a community trauma-healing program from our Friends Peace Teams colleagues in Africa.
AVP workshops draw on the shared experiences of participants using integrative exercises, discussions, games and role-plays to examine the ways we respond with creative action to situations of injustice, prejudice and oppression in order to transform rather than escalate the violence. Click to learn more about Alternative to Violence Project in the United States and around the world.
Where We Work
Since PLA began initial workshops in 2002, facilitators have completed over 900 workshops with more than 4,000 participants in communities, hospitals, schools, churches and prisons across Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Colombia.
- at-risk youth
- current and former gang members
- police officers
- community leaders
- church leaders
- former guerrilla, army and paramilitary soldiers
- teachers and students
- Garifuna communities
- prisoners and prison guards
- survivors of war
- survivors of sexual violence
- displaced communities
- indigenous communities in defense of their territories
- people with disabilities
- juvenile delinquents
- LGBT communities
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