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Community Healing and Reconciliation

Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $70,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2004–May 31, 2006
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus Eastern Cape, Province of, Western Cape, Province of the

About this grant

In response to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation launched a project to work with different faith communities in the Western Cape on issues of tolerance and respect for religious diversity. Building on the insight gained from that project, the institute will extend its work to communities that were involved in violent conflict during the apartheid period. Multiyear funding will enable the institute to help three communities — Cradock, in the Eastern Cape; Lainsburg, on the outskirts of the Western Cape; and Langa, an African township near Cape Town — deal with the past; encourage community cooperation and reconciliation; and promote skills transfer, employment opportunities and social development. Activities will include assisting communities to come to terms with a divided and violent past; creating a space for sharing local history as a basis for common identity; promote dialogue between political and racial opponents; exploring options for material development and job creation; and developing training and resource material for local development.