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SAMADANA/M

WHO ARE WE

SAMADANA/M is a Non Governmental Centre that is committed to promote Non Violent Conflict Resolution, Conflict Resolution, Promotion of Non Violence as a life style and Peace Building. 

The name “ SAMADANA’ and ‘SAMADANAM’ are words in the Sinhala and Tamil Languages respectively that stands for peace or peace giving.

The membership of Samadana/m also called as the Council, is made up of volunteers both men and women, who represent different religions, ethnic and social groups and who are committed to the cause of Non-Violence. The programme of work of Samadana/m is carried out by the volunteer members of Samadana/m who have been exposed and undergone several training in NVCR both locally and internationally. Samadana/m is enriched by the experience and expertise of members in their own fields.

THE ORIGIN

A group of people who underwent training on Non-Violent Conflict Resolution in the years 1992 and 1993 through the workshop held by Quakers Peace and Services, felt of the need to promote the concept of Non-Violence, as the country was moving, more and more towards a violent culture. In the first few years this group met regularly in an informal manner and talked about Non Violence and its importance. They conducted a facilitators training programme and several NVCR workshops. The increase in the request for more and more NVCR workshops and programmes, the need for greater organisational commitment and the protracted conflict in the country eventually gave birth to Samadana/m on September 11th, 1993.

THE NEED

The need for peace can be seen in every dimension of human life, personal, social and between nations. 

Against the backdrop of violence and war NGOs and country groups struggle to seek alternative ways of resolving conflicts.

The conflict situation in Sri Lanka which spans over decades bears testimony for the need to promote a culture of Non-Violence in Sri Lanka. The ethnic was and the youth insurrection has taken a heavy toll on property and human life, leaving thousands displaced and traumatized. 

In spite of its crippling effect on the economy and the want on destruction of human life, violence continues to be met with violence. The repeated breakdown of peace talks has rendered violence to be perceived as a means of achieving peace. Leaders and the community at large seem unconvinced of the liberating and transforming nature of Non-Violence. 

The surest path to sustainable peace is the path of Non-Violence. The experience of the ages lays down clear principles and a path of action. 

                                           VISION

IS OF ASOCIAITY THAT MOVES TOWARDS JUSTICE, EUALITY AND A NON-VIOLENT LIFESTYLE THROUGH MANAGING ITS CONFLICTS IN A NON-VIOLENT WAY.

                                         MISSION

SAMADANA/M WORKS TO ACHIEVE A MULTI-ETHNIC AND PEACEFUL SOCIETY IN WHICH PEOPLE HAVE THE ABILTIY, COURAGE AND WILLINGNESS TO MANGE THEIR OWN CONFLICTS IN A NON-VIOLENT WAY BY PROVIDING THE NECESSARY KNOWELDGE SKILLS AND CREAING A SAFE NEUTRAL SPACE FOR DIFFERING PARTIES TO DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS. BY NETWORKING WITH SIMILAR ORGAISATIONS, LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY, SAMADANA/M WILL FACILITATE A PROCESS FOR A PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT TOWARDS ACHIEVING ITS VISION.


OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

v To expand the pool of skilled facilitators.

v To serve as a resource centre

v To network with other organization and individuals

v To explore and encourage a Non Violent way of living

v To harmonized traditional methodologies with modern systems for conflict resolution.

v To create a non-partisan environment where conflict and the reasons for its can be discussed.

v To empower people to resolve conflicts in a self-reliant manner.

v To facilitate external intervention where appropriate. 

v Work towards Justice, Equality, Human Rights, Reconciliation, Harmony and Peace Building efforts

PRESENT ACTIONS

§ Training Programmes/Workshops on NVCR for different target groups with special emphasis on youths, women, people working with children, religious leaders, community leaders, teachers, police, armed forces, Grama Niladaries, Justice of Peace, Citizen Committee Members, NGO workers, peace activist etc. 

§ Training and workshop on Peace Building efforts/initiatives and developing a Culture of Peace through Non –Violence.

§ Discussion/Talk programmes on current issues in Sri Lanka and overseas with special attention to situation that disturb Peace & Non Violence and the role of Civil Society in applying Non Violent Actions and building a culture of peace. 

§ Strengthening civil society groups through different activities that include Cross Community activities such as integration, communal harmony, reconciliation, cultural awareness and understand actions. 

§ Workshops and Asian Regional Level on developing and promoting the concept of Non Violence and Conflict Resolution.

§ Integration and Co-existence projects involving people from different religions, ethnic groups, languages, castes, cultures and other backgrounds and from different countries.

§ Study and action oriented visits to conflict areas.

§ Peace & Non-Violent projects related to disadvantage and effected groups.

§ Publication of Newsletters, Resource Materials.

§ Engage in Nonviolent Action Work Camps and work towards promotion of reconciliation.

§ Resource Centre

§ Engage in Transitional Justice Mechanism 

LEGAL STATUS

SAMADANA/M is registered as SEEMASAHITHA SAMADANA SAMITHIYA on 14th October, 1994 as a under Societies Ordinary and has been issued the registration No. S/4113.

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