a peaceful just and democratic nation which values the dignity and sanctity of human life for all
to contribute towards the creation of a peaceful, just and democratic nation by capacitating the church, community and its leadership with peacebuilding skills
Over the years Zimbabweans have lived with pain stemming from their experience of violent conflicts at individual, family and community level as well as on the nation at large. What further exacerbated the situation is that there was economic down-turn that destroyed all savings, insurances and pensions. This increased the degree of poverty and the numbers of people living below the poverty datum line. Victims and perpetrators, due to the aforesaid context, have lived with traumata and that has affected their peaceful coexistence. This context demanded an intervention that diffuses these tension. The government of Zimbabwe took note of the situation and established an Organ for National Healing Reconciliation and Integration (ONHRI) to come up with an infrastructure for peace. Meanwhile, ONHRI created an enabling environment within which ECLF and other players in peacebuilding were able to operate. ONHRI through lobby and advocacy influenced the inclusion of an independent commission, the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) in the national constitution. This legal framework presents peacebuilding as a constitutional requirement and will foster the efforts of all peacebuilding initiatives by government and various players.
Following its formation in 2008, the Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum (ECLF) started operations in terms of sensitizing communities on Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution and Transformation (CPMRT) in the year 2009. With funding from a number of partners, ECLF has trained more than 300 facilitators on CPMRT and these are doing different activities across the country. Fifty percent of them are accountable to ECLF and are involved in community peace building initiatives. Its work at community level has earned it recognition from various stakeholders. It has played a significant role in sensitizing communities on CPMRT and has opened ways for community infrastructures for peace known as Local Peace Committees.