Violence against women and children in Fiji is a continuing problem. Many groups and government agencies are running 'awareness' campaigns but people need 'tools' to address the issue. These tools exist in The Virtues Project as the 5 strategies. Fiji has already witnessed the changes in the communities using these tools. We will now train many more people as PEACEMAKERS who will also use the puppeteers to enhance the training and widen the scope of dealing with this problem.
The people of Fiji need to learn the skills available in The Virtues Project to address the issue of violence against women and children. Virtues Project Fiji has trained puppeteers to reach children and teach then to deal with bullying. This project increases that activity and will add the support of trained women and men as PEACEMAKERS to reach out to the communities to give them the 'tools' they need to deal with these problems. Funds for travel, training and communications are required.
The 5 strategies of The Virtues Project - speak the language of the virtues with 100 defined qualities, recognize teachable moments, set clear boundaries, honor the spirit and counseling - are the tools people need to address these problems. 20 PEACEMAKERS will be people using these tools in their own lives and can teach others in 8 communities (2,000 people) how to use them. Counseling will be particularly important at the beginning as people seek ways to heal from their trauma.
The project will work with 100 people out of whom 20 or more will become PEACEMAKERS. As they make changes in the communities it will be visible to the authorities seeking solutions to the current situation. The project will continue to train PEACEMAKERS as the impact of their work becomes clear.