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e-bridge: 2021 Roots Peace Award Project Launch Event

May the Fourth may sound like a start of a quote familiar to millions of Star Wars fans all over the world, but for the Roots it definitely marked the Launch of another landmark initiative in the making – “e-bridge” project by YMCA Kosovo is an international endeavor aiming to build a peace & reconciliation […]

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World By Word: YMCA and WWII

Almost as soon as the war broke out, YMCA developed mobile canteens to bring refreshments to the troops. Almost as soon as the war broke out, YMCA developed mobile canteens to bring refreshments to the troops. These second-hand vans, painted camouflage green, were first used in East London and by the end of 1940 there […]

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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.