Welcome to Children/Youth as Peacebuilders (CAP)
CAP works with children and youth living inside armed conflicts and dangerous situations. Our programs focus on peacebuilding, transitional justice and the protection of young people against violence. We place a high importance on volunteerism. Young people give as well as receive - in our projects they contribute to their wellbeing and that of their families and communities.
What do we mean by peacebuilding? For CAP it means the participation of children and youth in the restoration of their lives, homes and communities. The prevention of sexual violence and reintegration of child soldiers are priorities, with an emphasis on family networks and parental responsibilities. It includes young people's care for the natural environment through gardens and cleanup campaigns. Education on the meaning and practice of good citizenship is also important.
CAP supports young people's involvement in transitional justice, based on their experiences of war. The careful documentation of this history provides a foundation for justice and useful community programs. This includes assistance and protection for child mothers, orphans and returning child soldiers as well as recognition of the grief of families recovering from loss.
CAP is a registered Canadian charity. We have been operating for 12 years in countries such as Burma/Thailand, Cambodia, Colombia, Northern Uganda and Rwanda. This website highlights our programs and young people’s voice in describing their situations and work to create “the world we want rather than the one they are giving us.”
Participation is at the heart of CAP's work. Fundamental to this is the "voice" of those living inside complex and difficult situations. This includes first hand accounts/analysis, the views of youth leaders and the perspective of adult caregivers. These three components: an insider's understanding,youth leadership and inter-generational cooperation are integral to all CAP's work.
DARKNESS OF WAR
More than 700,000 people were killed during the Rwanda genocide.
This exhibit of drawings and writings by youth survivors provides a portrait of their memories and the meaning of war.
Youth leaders in Colombia have a passion for the possibility of change.
Check out this short video with Andrea as she speaks about her work and commitment to social justice and equality.
LIFE IS A DANCE
The politics of Colombia's war and the actions of armed groups have changed considerably over the past 50 years.
This paper analyzes this history and its impact on young people.