Canadian Friends of Elman Peace

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                                                                                                             “If you make an effort, people can change – they just need the opportunity.”                                                                                                                       – Fartuun Adan


Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre (Elman Peace) was founded in 1990 in Mogadishu, Sudan. It works to promote and establish durable solutions to peace; cultivate leadership; and empower vulnerable groups.

The programs are on the forefront of developing local, innovative, rights-based, and community-centred approaches to human rights violations, sexual and gender-based violence, countering violent extremism, as well as wider humanitarian issues.

All programs and operations are guided by principles of equity, inclusion, accountability, transparency, participation, and respect and comprise four key strategic pillars: intervention, advocacy, research, and communication. This approach is the backbone of programs such as the “Drop the Gun, pick up the Pen” rehabilitation and reintegration services that facilitate disarmament and disengagement from armed conflict and violent groups through providing vocational skills trainings and trauma therapy; rights-based education services for girls and women; and mental health and wholistic wellbeing services. Recently, Somalia’s first network of rape crisis centres and safe houses were launched to respond to and prevent all forms of violence against girls and women.

Elman Peace has been recognised nationally and internationally, including two Nobel Peace Prize nominations and the Aurora Award.



This project will work to contribute to the peaceful rebuilding of Somalia through education, capacity building; improving access to psycho-social support services; and responding to the increasingly volatile situation for women and girls in Somalia.


This project will support peace-building activities in Somalia such as:

  • Psychosocial counseling, trauma healing and emergency medical care at Somalia’s first rape crisis centre to help equip survivors with skills to lead self-determined lives;
  • Disarmament and rehabilitation of young women and men co-opted into clan based militias by warlords and reintegrating them back into their societies with non-violent behaviors and alternative livelihoods;
  • Facilitate meaningful the participation in political processes of women & youth leaders by providing capacity building; the promotion of structural gender equality through policy and advocacy; and contributing to transparent and accountable governance through training of civil servants.
  • Provision of essential services for survivors of gender-based violence such as safe houses, non-formal education, psycho-social support etc.

Myriad Canada is working with Elman Peace on this project, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace, cultivating leadership and empowering the marginalized brackets of society to be decision makers in the processes that ensure their well-being.

Elman Peace if the recent recipient of the KBF Africa Prize. The KBF Africa Prize rewards outstanding contributions to development in Africa, initiated and led by Africans. It seeks to draw public attention to the many inspirational stories, challenges and successes emerging from the African continent. Beyond its monetary value of 200.000 euros, it offers its winners unique opportunities to increase their visibility and promote their cause to international audiences.

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Myriad Canada’s role is to carry out charitable activities across the globe in accordance with its charitable purposes. We control and monitor the use of funds and the progress of charitable activities to ensure that donations made to Myriad Canada have the greatest impact in accordance with donors’ expressed wishes. As a member of the Myriad Alliance with offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Myriad Canada has a vast international network and extensive practical expertise.

How to support this project:

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. Simple and fast!

By cheque: Make your cheque out to Myriad Canada. Please note ‘Project B305 – Canadian Friends of Elman Peace’ in the ‘For/Memo’ section. Mail it to: Myriad Canada, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, Montreal, QC, H3B 2B6.

By Direct Deposit: Please email Mélina Zitiello at Myriad Canada for transfer instructions or call +1 – 438-300-8122

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

The projects are managed with the greatest care and professionalism.