The Roots for Reconciliation project was established in 2007 with the objective to strengthen and extend the YMCA Movement in the region of South Caucasus, as a mass-membership, ecumenical network standing for integrity of creation, peace and justice. Central to the way the project has worked is the enhancement of camping programme as a shared activity that unites young people across socio – political and cultural dividers, with added value for the YMCAs sustainable development.

Within the project, during 2007 – 2011, three YMCA camps were constructed which already generate income.

Those are:

  • YMCA Camp Lake Sevan in Armenia (500m2)
  • YMCA Camp Aramian in Armenia (360m2)
  • YMCA Camp Orange in Georgia (600m2)
3 camps


Through the project first phase 19 different regional or international service learning activities were held, enrolling 800 participants predominantly from Armenia, Georgia and Nagorno Karabagh, yet also from more than 20 countries all over the world ranging from Iceland to Russia, from the USA to Bangladesh.

The Peace Work Seminar

July 18 – 24, 2011, the YMCA Europe Peace Work Seminar was held in Prague, Czech Republic. The event enrolled 31 participants...


The 2007 – 2011 project phase budget was EUR 873’000, with the following key donors:

  • EED Germany
  • ICCO Netherlands
  • HEKS-EPER Switzerland
  • Aramian Family (through the YMCA of the USA)


“The Roots for Reconciliation project has been very successful in devising a process that creates a safe space for relationship-building based on ‘Do No Harm’ principles. The young people have used this space to build relationships across cultural divides.

They have done this on the basis of what can only be characterized as a deep love for their fellow young men and women. It is this ability to engender love across cultural and political divides that represents the main achievement of the project”. - Conclusion of the Outcome Evaluation

Report of External Assessment 2007 -2010

By Bruce Britton

Impact Assessment for RfR Resource Centres

By Peter Crory