Rootsmade Initiative Report 2022

The “Rootsmade” charity e-commerce start-up was launched in Armenia for people who suffered from wars in the Middle East and the Caucasus. The aim of this initiative is to offer an online platform to artisans from war-affected areas to showcase their handicrafts and tell their life stories, thus supporting their small businesses as social entrepreneurs.  […]


Season’s Message of the Roots Staff Team

“It’s that time of the year again… When the air is filled with joy and hope, when people seem to be happier and friendlier than usual, when we all start believing in magic… It’s Christmas time!  So there can be no better moment to pray for peace as will many children and adults in different […]


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The YMCA has historically assumed working in and with conflicts as central to its service delivery. Committed to our roots and legacy the YMCA Europe pursues peace and reconciliation as a strategic priority.

The Roots for Peace programme, ongoing since 2007, remains a best practice in this line. In the framework of this initiative the Peace Work Institute scheme was piloted during 2012 – 2015 and approvingly evaluated by an externally facilitated outcome assessment process.

This evidence-based evaluation highly recommends the YMCA Europe to repeat the series of the Peace Work Institute for the next generation of the YMCA pan-European peace-cohort.