Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
Develop and implement the innovative, sustainable strategies for conflict transformation and community reconciliation in societies where ethnic, religious, sectarian, or political conflict threatens the possibility of a healthy, inclusive democracy and sustainable development.
Psychologist and international peace activist Dr. Paula Green established the centre in 1994 to help address the growing tide of ethnic, religious, and sectarian violence.
Central to the work of Karuna Center is the skillful use of facilitated, structured dialogues. People who have become alienated from or dehumanized by one another through war or structural violence are able to develop mutual understanding, discover their common aspirations, and find ways to work together. Interfaith programs include 'Build Interfaith Trust and Cooperation in Sri Lanka' - one and a half years of workshops in Sri Lanka, religious leaders who participated in the programme are continuing to build peace between ethnic and religious groups in their own communities through a series of religious exchanges and cooperative dialogues - and 'Bridging Muslim/Non-Muslim Divides Initiative 2014' - six scheduled events falling into three categories: the Muslim world in transition, dialogues, and a symposium event.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Sri Lanka - USA