Buddhists hear pirith in the early morning. Muslims hear adhan. Pirith means protection. The ceremonial recital of pirith is regarded as warding off all forms of evil and danger. Adhan means calling Muslims to prayer. Both pirith and adhan encourage people to engage in religious activity.

In the heart of Weligama, the Shrine of Christ the Healer Church Hall set the scene for taking participants on a reflective journey on past ethnic conflicts in Sri Lanka.

An awareness programme on women’s participation in politics was held under NPC’s Women Organized for Inclusion Through Community Engagement project (WOICE).

The Plural Action for Conflict Transformation (PACT) project focuses on different sectors every month. The month of November focused on the estate sector namely Bathalagoda, Kurunegala Badulla and Kegalle.

Sharing an enriching experience of our recent workshop on Ethics in Communications, NPC staff enhanced their own capacity for peacebuilding. The two day internal workshop was a significant step in our ongoing commitment to fostering ethical communication within NPC and our work with partners and in the field.

In South Asian culture, cultural identity has the power to unite or divide people. In Sri Lanka, mutual understanding of other people’s culture, religion and language are key for peace building.

Super Group women leaders and peer group leaders under NPC’s Women Organized for Inclusion through Community Engagement (WOICE) project organized an awareness programme in the Kandy District on women’s political participation for over 100 local women leaders.

A three day training programme was organized by NPC’s Action for Religious Coexistence (ARC) project for 79 youth participants from 14 districts to raise awareness of the concepts of coexistence and religious freedom.

School children in the village of Kebethikollawa in the Anuradhapura District are now able to travel easily to their school after the construction of a new road between the village and Kebethikollawa Model Primary School. There used to be a narrow foot path through the middle of the chena cultivation land, which flooded during rainy season.

A panel discussion followed by a book launch on Fake News, Dis-Information and Propaganda in International Relations was organized by NPC in cooperation with the Nepal-based Consortium of South Asian Think-Tanks (COSATT) with funding from Konrad Adenaur Stiftung (KAS) in Colombo.