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The Center for Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University is proud to announce that one of our programs, Training of Illiterate and Semiliterate Women Ex-combatants in Burundi, was nominated and accepted as one of the top 25 candidates for the annual Women Deliver Awards in the Educational Initiatives category. It is No. 15 in the Educational Initiatives category. Here is what it is about:



Organization: Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR)
Country: Burundi
Solution: Training of illiterate and semiliterate women ex-combatants in Burundi 
The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR), operated by James Madison  University, envisions a world in which people can build peaceful and prosperous futures free  from the repercussions of conflict and disaster. In 2011, CISR trained 25 female veterans of  Burundi’s civil war, many of whom were illiterate or only semi-literate, to become peer-support  workers. The workshop focused on important peer counseling skills, such as how active  listening, empathy, and understanding can facilitate the recovery processes resulting from  traumatic events. At the end of the workshop, each woman had gained a range of peer support  skills to take back to her community. 
  1. Read about the prestigious Women Deliver award and the process to vote here (includes links to read about the projects and vote): http://www.womendeliver.org/updates/entry/voting-for-the-women-deliver-50-is-open/
  2. Read about all of the semi-finalists:http://www.womendeliver.org/assets/International_Womens_Day_Profiles_FINAL.pdf
  3. Or simply vote: https://www.facebook.com/womendeliver?v=app_126231547426086& (If this link doesn’t work for you, please use the link in No. 1 above.)


NOTE: You will have to “Like” Women Deliver on Facebook to vote in the contest. You must vote for 10 projects in each of the 5 categories to be able to submit your vote, and you can only vote once.