History

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In 2007 some young people, mainly students from colleges in Mymensingh, decided to do something to build peace. They received inspiration and support from the local Taize community. When they first started they were all volunteers. They went to poor areas of the town where there were different kinds of conflicts in families and in the communities.

They started with children because they believed if children learned peace building skills, the patterns of conflict they experience would not be repeated in the future. They started peace classes in the schools in those neighborhoods using creative methods like puppet shows, drama and role plays. They also talked with the children about their experience of conflict and how they can handle these non-violently.

The group was from different faiths (Muslims, Hindus and Christians) and also from different ethnic groups (Bangali, Garo, Hajong etc.) They shared a common vision for peace. They started to work in order to bridge the gap of trust between different faiths and ethnics groups.