There is so much violence, conflict and war in our world. Societies become unstable and communities are left divided. Millions of people live in fear; trapped in poverty, with their human rights denied. It can make us feel so helpless, we just don’t know how to respond.
But peace is possible. Everyone has the right to live in peace and live life to the full, free from fear. Could you join in and help make this vision a reality?
56 years ago, a group from St Mary’s church in Leamington Spa were so moved by seeing victims of the Vietnam War, they knew they had to do something to help. Through faith, determination and courage, together with a deep commitment to prayer, Cord was born. Decades later, Cord is working for long-term peace in some of the world’s most challenging countries. We work throughout Southeast Asia and East Africa, in all kinds of creative and practical ways. We build peace by tackling the issues that lead to violence. This helps to create safe and stable societies where people can flourish.
These are just a few examples of the work made possible by the loving kindness, donations and prayers of ordinary people and churches throughout the UK. The road to peace is long and difficult but we are committed to this journey. Will you join us?
Protecting land and livelihoods
We support Indigenous forest communities throughout Southeast Asia who are losing their land, homes, and ability to make a living. We’re finding peaceful solutions to a complex situation by working with all those involved, including the communities, governments, and businesses.
Hope and healing in Burundi
Burundi’s history is dominated by conflict and violence. It’s left people living in extreme poverty. Communities are deeply divided. Cord is providing practical help and psychological treatment to those who have suffered the most. We’re also helping communities to deal with their painful past. Our work helps people to share honestly, offer forgiveness, and develop a common understanding. This process allows healing to begin.
Freedom of Religion and Belief in Myanmar
Widespread persecution of minority faith groups is a fundamental problem in Myanmar’s divided society. Human rights are denied. Instability and conflict have increased since the military coup in 2021. Drawing on over a decade’s experience of working in Myanmar, we are developing trust between different faith communities and those in power. We’re helping to grow understanding and cooperation.