TOM LANTOS FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE via Crowdrise
February 06, 2013
EVENT DATE: Jan 11, 2013
The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice is raising frontline funds for the Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa (MAVIA) to support the organization’s work in conducting human rights and non-violence workshops for students and youth within hostile communities.
Your donation will be used by MAVIA to purchase camera equipment, human rights reading materials, and help to get internet access to the schools. The materials and equipment will benefit thousands of youth and students in Liberia. Specifically, the cameras will document positive impacts and provide insight and awareness of MAVIA’s work to expand access to peace and nonviolent approaches in schools and communities across the country.
Since 2009, MAVIA has established over 163 human rights and non-violence clubs in about 54 communities and schools across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and elsewhere around the world. These clubs are impacting the lives of thousands of students and youth by helping them to be ambassadors for peace and nonviolence.
MAVIA is also dedicated to proposing and implementing programs aimed at finding solutions to the many problems confronting millions of people around the world. MAVIA serves as the voice of the voiceless and push for legislation that benefits the masses. As part of MAVIA’s mandate, MAVIA protects human rights defenders and initiates actions that fight against the culture of impunity.
MAVIA understands the challenges faced by rural communities and as such, remains committed to working alongside the local people in helping to build their lives through its Community Action Team. MAVIA’s Community Action Team seeks to rebuild devastated lives and serve as a bridge of hope for many.
MAVIA publishes nonviolence and democracy educational materials, and conducts residential adult education leadership programs and nonviolence conflict reconciliation projects. Emphasis is placed on the institutionalization of nonviolence and democracy skills and information programs.
MAVIA is a non-traditional organization, designed to be led by volunteers and to conduct projects and activities that would not ordinarily get the attention of more mainstream agencies and non-governmental organizations but to meet the needs of the communities. One hundred percent of funds raised for special projects directly support the cost of those projects.
For more information about Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa visit the website at: http://www.maviafrica.org/index.html