ABOUT US

ABOUT US

WHAT WE DO

RESOLVING CONFLICTS – PROMOTING PEACE

SADRA operates to contribute in building a society and that embraces nonviolence and peaceful methods of resolving conflict, using conflict transformation approaches in resolving differences. Partnership is essential.

The passing of Nelson Mandela, who has been a struggle hero in South Africa and the continent, brought memories to many in South Africa of where we have been as a country, continent and the world before he went to prison, and stirs recognition in many of us that even though much has been achieved, we have a long way to go to achieve the dream of a free and prosperous continent. The sadness of Africa losing great leaders and many icons cannot be overstated.

SADRA’s vision of capacity building, born out of this reflection, is about giving birth to more highly-skilled leaders as others vacate the space in order to bring light to Southern Africa.

We are here to shine the light in the midst of darkness and bring hope.

THE BAOBAB TREE

The Baobab Tree has for many generations been a gathering place where conflicting parties sit in its shade to engage in dialogue. Its majestic image embodies the best of African tradition in using non-violence as an approach to conflict transformation. This is why SADRA chose the Baobab as its logo, to remind us of our role in providing a place where peace is made. SADRA’s Baobab tree logo symbolizes the sitting down and engaging in conflict transformation processes in the best of African tradition using non-violence as an approach. The Baobab tree symbolizes the importance of dialogue as a key aspect of conflict transformation.

OUR PROGRAMMES

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Conflict Transformation

Strengthening communities and developing leadership working with Local Government, traditional leaders, religious leaders, civil society organisations, counselors and community development forums to build peaceful communities. This work is designed to enhance the abilities and skills of community leaders to respond to conflicts in their various communities.

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Women In Peace Building

Dealing with attitudes regarding women’s gender roles and sexuality issues; community women in leadership positions; empowering victims of abuse; empowering women for economic livelihood; and women’s rights as human rights. This work is designed to enhance and develop the abilities and skills of community women as leaders to uplift their communities.

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Peace Education

Programs under this area focus on developing peaceful schools in various Western Cape Districts. SADRA works with learners, educators, community leaders and School Governing Bodies (SGB) to build peaceful schools. Themes include:

  • Peer Mediation – Peer mediation has proved to bring about change in South African school communities.
  • Restorative practice – Restorative practice within the school context advocates for positive discipline methods as a replacement for the punitive measures.

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Election Monitoring & Observation

We partake in election monitoring and observation through our partnership with IEC.

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Church Renewal

Church renewal consists of 4 main elements which are Pastoral Support, Leadership, Strategic Planning and Intervention.

OUR TEAM

Dan Smith-Derksen

Programme Associate

Noncedo Ngobo

Programme Administator

Kathryn Smith-Derksen

Programme Manager

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