CryPeace harnesses the power of personal stories, digital media and innovative technologies to build empathy and peace. We are particularly excited by the ways they converge to overcome the physical and emotional barriers imposed by conflict, and help people envision - and embody - the peaceful future they dream of.
The beginning: CryRwanda
CryPeace started in 2006 with CryRwanda, a tribute to the victims of the genocide, and exploration of forgiveness and reconciliation. While CryRwanda was warmly received by individuals and key partners in Rwanda, funding challenges limited it to a website, plus the honour of having Carole's video poem, "Cry," screened at a genocide memorial event in Rwanda.
The evolution: CryPeace
CryRwanda evolved into CryPeace, with the expanded vision of sharing stories and wisdom about peace from around the world. As Carole travels around the world as a peace activist, trainer, and vlogger, she asks people what peace means to them, and whether they are experiencing it. Insightful and inspiring responses have been shared by street youth in Uganda, indigenous people in Panama, bikers in Ontario, people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, and beyond. Some of these stories are on CryPeace today; others will be added in the future. Our purpose is to raise their voices in the global cry for peace, and strengthen battle-weary souls with new energy and hope.
Finding personal peace in suffering is another dimension of peace Carole writes about. Having lost both parents to cancer, Carole has seen the ways terminal illnesses destroy bodies, but sometimes transform souls. She has made personal peace quests to religious and humanitarian communities in Italy, France, and Canada, and writes about them here.
The future: What's your cry for peace?
A story is like a seed. It is a humble thing to share with the world, but if you plant another seed by sharing your story, or water others' seeds through your comments, a garden of peace will grow. Please take a few moments to read, share, or respond to a story today.
Beyond sharing people's stories, we want to help change their future story. We are keenly interested in developing partnerships to do so. Even small gifts of time, talent and treasure will help. Please contact us to learn more.
Finally, if you work for an organisation and wonder if new strategies, training or innovations could amplify your own cry for peace, please get in touch. We might be able to help.
Peace on your journey.