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Peace is much more than the absence of violence. The Rotary Positive Peace Academy introduces the concept of Positive Peace, which describes the attitudes, structures, and institutions that underpin and sustain peaceful societies. The Institute for Economics and Peace has developed a conceptual framework, known as the Pillars of Peace, that outlines a system of eight factors that work together to build positive peace. Derived from a statistical analysis of over 24,000 datasets, the Pillars of Peace provides a roadmap to overcome adversity and conflict, and to build lasting peace.

The Pillars of Peace and areas of focus
The report also notes that peace deteriorates more rapidly than it can be built. While this may be disheartening for some, we may also see it as a beacon, a challenge that Rotary members have met head on for more than 100 years as they embrace peace as a cornerstone of Rotary’s humanitarian mission.

In order to help make the concept more tangible for members, Rotary created the Positive Peace Activator Program in 2020. By 2024, 180 new Positive Peace activators will be trained in six regions of the world. They complete a 20-hour training program and emerge ready to work with clubs and districts as project consultants, trainers, and speakers at Rotary events. Today there are cadres of activators in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Training will begin soon in Africa and Asia.
You may be wondering what IEP and the Pillars of Peace have to do with Rotary’s more than 100 years of service, and, in particular, International Service.  If we look at the eight pillars we find that Rotarian’s service builds and strengthens these pillars.  Our areas of focus embrace the pillars of peace.  While we look to our own communities and clearly see the need, most pales in comparison to the need for humanitarian service in many other countries.  We are blessed with abundance and have a lot to give.

The Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset has significant history of International Service of its own over the last twenty-five years plus.  RCHS has done projects with such diversity as education in the prisons of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa; dental clinics in Siberia; education for pediatric surgeons and tuberculosis clinics in Romania; water, sanitation and hygiene in Southeast Asia and Africa… and so much more; all supporting the development of the pillars of peace and a more peaceful world. Are you looking for a way to make a difference in our communities around the world? There’s a project happening that needs you.  For more information on International Service projects talk to Paul Moroz or James Ham



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