Freedom to speak. Fair elections. Education and opportunities.

When these are denied, people feel their only choice is between silence or violence. Cord is working to find another way. We have been successful in bringing communities and those in power together – to create a space for the weakest and most impoverished to find their voice.

Creating a space where divided or fragile communities can work with difficult governments and peacefully counter political and economic self-interest is difficult and expensive. But supporting this doesn't have to be.

Please support our appeal to raise £30,000 between now and the end of 2016, as part of supporting #GivingTuesday. Helping communities to stand up, and succeed, against political and economic self-interest without resorting to violence.

How to build peace

For many people and their governments, a failure to deal with trauma from past conflicts, and in the face of political or economic self-interest, the choice is often to try to ignore or to confront. In short, a choice between silence or violence.

Cord’s action is practical and successful – addressing the root causes of conflict by helping people go to school, to earn a living and to educate about, and gain access to, basic rights. Then, to work collaboratively and learn and apply new skills, such as negotiating and representing community needs, challenging injustice, peacefully.

We urgently need your support to help us to continue to do this important work in some of the most fragile and dangerous societies in the world. Read more about lives we have already helped to change.

We urgently need your support to help us to continue to do this vital work.