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General Purposes

Satyagraha - In Pursuit of Truth

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $80,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2006–December 31, 2007
  • Location Durban, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus KwaZulu-Natal, Province of

About this grant

Satyagraha produces a monthly newspaper published in KwaZulu-Natal that aims to help communities in the region move away from the racial and ethnic divisions of the past. Based on the values of Mahatma Gandhi, the newspaper advocates peace, tolerance and nonviolence. One of its main areas of focus is Indo-African relations in a part of South Africa that continues to experience tensions and conflict between the Indian and African communities. This grant will enable the organization to continue publishing the monthly newspaper; improving its Web site to make it more reader-friendly and increase distribution; introducing a Zulu section of the newspaper, which is the main African language in the region; electronically documenting interviews and material; and developing teaching and other resources for distribution and wider dissemination. In addition, the organization will use the centenary of the birth of Satyagraha – the form of passive resistance and nonviolent struggle pioneered by Mahatma Gandhi in 1906 in South Africa – to highlight its work and organize a number of workshops, seminars and lectures.