Peace and Hope is an organization that works in Latin America alongside individuals, families and communities in poverty, so that they can live with dignity, free from violence and injustice.
Founded in South America, Peace and Hope is a Christian peacebuilding and human rights organization that was established in Peru in 1996 in the context of a decades long internal armed conflict. In the face of grave danger, with the desire to serve their Peruvian brothers and sisters who were suffering, Christians boldly came together to stand against the violence and injustices, defend the rights of the vulnerable, and Peace and Hope was born.
To this day we continue to walk with people who suffer violence, injustice and poverty. Peace and Hope has worked for 25 years with churches and communities to transform local legal, educational and cultural spheres to defend the hidden victims of violence and other forms of injustice, to transform systems and prevent such injustices from happening in the future. Peace and Hope International is the international office of this movement, and actively supports the growth and expansion of Peace and Hope throughout Latin America which is now located in 10 countries.
Peace and Hope International supports the mission through:
Provision of financial support
Education and training
Capacity Building and Consultation
North-South, South-North, and exchanges within Latin America, to foster mutual learning and understanding.
Operational and Financial Principles
Peace and Hope subscribes to the following principles in carrying out all of their programs:
- Respect for life in its fullness
- Non discrimination
- Respect for cultural diversity
- Rejection of all forms of violence
- Condemnation of terrorist actions from governmental and non-governmental actors
- Independence from political parties and governmental institutions
- Commitment to a democratic society as the basis for human coexistence
- Good stewardship and respect for creation
Peace and Hope is committed to the following principles in its financial practices:
- Minimize overhead costs to ensure that most of the funds raised benefit the people we serve.
- Use funds consistently with the purpose for which they are given.
- Comply with each country’s legal and accounting standards for nonprofit organizations.
- Adhere to reviews and audits of programs and projects undertaken by Peace and Hope.
- Funds received from local and national governments and multilateral agencies will not compromise our vision, values, and principles.
- Love: Love drives us to seek continuously the holistic well-being of others.
- Personal Integrity: We strive to be consistent in what we are, what we say and what we do.
- Justice, Mercy and Humility: We have a passion for justice and are committed to treating our neighbors with respect and mercy, and to walk in humility.
- Professionalism: We provide quality services in an efficient and responsible manner.
- Collaboration: We share and live out our vision and institutional principles in fellowship, trust and transparency.
- Peace: We believe that God calls us to be agents of reconciliation and that fullness of life is the fruit of justice and truth.
Peace and Hope upholds Christian values and doctrine as expressed by the Micah Global network, to which we are affiliated.