Citizen Culture Of Forgiveness





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Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Colombia

Location: Bogota

Total Budget: $87,650

Area of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention

Project Objective

To promote a citizen culture of forgiveness and reconciliation in the locality of Tibabuyes in the town of Suba, within Bogotá, managing to improve dialogue, coexistence and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. This proposal is based on the methodology of the "Reconciliation Centers" developed by the Foundation for Reconciliation

Project Description

According to Forensic data produced in 2021 by the Colombian Legal Medicine Institute, in Bogotá, interpersonal violence is the main cause of non-fatal injuries with 74%, whose main motivator is settling scores and fights in 84%. Hence the importance of addressing these subjective causes of violence (Rage, Resentment and Retaliation), through proposals that foster new relational skills (soft skills), through strategies for the proper management of emotions, the strengthening of assertive communication skills, empathetic listening, as well as leadership to promote this type of action with their families and communities. Over a period of 15 months, the project will reach 2.100 people.

Direct beneficiaries

The direct participation of 780 people is estimated, considering different age groups, as well as the population victim of the conflict, ex-combatants, migrants, members of the host community and local officials.

Indirect beneficiaries

Through testimony and showing example in their families, as well as reconciliation campaigns and multiplication activities executed by the participants in their communities and nearby surroundings, it is estimated that another 1.320 people of similar age groups and social conditions will be reached.


The project proposes the following activities:

1) Enlistment: diagnosis of problems and potentialities; adjustment of proposal to local culture; and launch of the social meeting space (Reconciliation Center - RC).

2) Development of the pedagogical proposal: this includes spaces for dialogue and theoretical-practical training in citizen culture of forgiveness and reconciliation; in addition, talks, multiplication activities, replica and communication campaigns for reconciliation, among others.

3) Articulation and inter-institutional support, and

4) Ensuring sustainability: the physical meeting space (RC) is closed and the focus is on accompanying qualified leaders (individuals, groups, grassroots organizations) to promote a citizen culture of forgiveness and reconciliation.


- The proposal will consider the needs, expectations and local culture of the community.

- Therefore, prior to the start of the educational actions, community meetings and meetings with grassroots organizations will be held to present and agree on the reconciliation proposal.

- Additionally, local capacity for reconciliation will be offered for men and women, and the capacity of members of locally recognized grassroots organizations will be strengthened.

- For this, the project will reinforce the management and ensure the promotion of the leaderships formed in the last 6 months.

-Likewise, it will promote the praxis of reconciliation in families.

-And it will articulate actions with other institutions that work in the territory, including local government


Primary Host Partner

District: 4281

Rotary Club of: Bogotá Centenario

Primary Contact: Marcel van Opstal

Email: mjhvanop@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5300

Rotary Club of: Las Vegas WON

Primary Contact: Chehab H. El Awar

Email: shabdg201415@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $68,050
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Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #2352255.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Las Vegas WON (5300)





Bogotá Centenario (4281)





Remaining Amount to Raise

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Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation




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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Chehab H. El Awar

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by Chehab Elawar of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas WON, District 5300.


by Gopinath Arunachalam

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 by Gopinath Arunachalam of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Saicity, District 3201.


by Marcel van Opstal

Updating info


by Marcel van Opstal

Latest update of attached documents


by Marcel van Opstal

Entered GG number: 2352255

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