"A Peace Bus to Address Gang Violence in Guatemala" - American Friends Service Committee
In Guatemala, the American Friends Service Committee works with a local partner, Ceiba Association, to improve security and peace in neighborhoods of Guatemala City through an urban peace project. AFSC trained Ceiba staff in conflict transformaiton techniques which they put into practice in a city where violence manifestation is a permanent public violence not only by criminals but also among relationships between community members.
AFSC's Peace Bus in Guatemala travels around the city to provide urban youth with a "safe space" to receive counseling and learn conflict resolution skills. After having gained the confidence of the gang members, the Peace Truck achieved a peace agreement between gangs and the community mediated by a former gang member.