This millennium has seen a rising tide of terrorist violence around the world, a deepening of religious and communal tensions, and a continuation of war, oppression, and genocide exercised by the powerful over the bodies and lives and the marginalized. Women continue to routinely face deprivation, denial, repression, coercion and abuse, both physical and mental. There is a pressing need to go beyond tolerance to embrace human difference in our communities and to find ways to nurture peace even in the midst of such a violent environment.

It is absolutely essential that the oppressed participate in the
revolutionary process with an increasingly critical awareness of their role as subjects of the transformation.

- Paulo Freire

Operating from an holistic framework, PIDT understands that change cannot happen in society unless it happens in the minds of the individuals that comprise those societies. Growing up in an environment of violence and deprivation affects the development and functioning of crucial social and mental processes. People increasingly live in a state of trauma, their behaviours and decisions governed by fear. Healing requires nurturing open communication and abiding by the time it takes to change.

Through this lens, PIDT crafts strategies that aim to foster productive interaction between individuals and segments of society and to engage men and women, upper and lower castes, and members of different religious communities together in development work so that the people learn to see the added value in combining social capital and integrating diverse perspectives. PIDT focuses substantial effort on children, as they are the change agents of the future who carry the hope of a more humane way of being forward into the world. Back