Karuna Center works with diverse communities in Myanmar to strengthen interfaith leadership for peace and human rights. These community-based initiatives have created local networks and public education initiatives toward inclusion and tolerance in highly sensitive contexts.


Watering the Banyan Tree fosters interfaith respect and the inclusion of minorities through work with religious and community leaders; women, youth, and ethnic minorities; and civil society organizations. Traditionally, the Banyan tree provides shelter and and a gathering space for problem-solving dialogue. Led in partnership with Kalyana Mitta Development Foundation and Paungsie Metta Initiatives, this project works in that spirit, using public arts, advocacy, and skill-building in dialogue to nurture space for inclusive civil discourse.

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We worked closely with three Myanmar-based organizations to engage community leaders across religious divides during a time of escalating violence and persecution of ethnic minorities. We drew upon religious teachings about peace and inclusion, and facilitated careful dialogue and collaboration in deeply divided communities. Program participants created more than 35 interfaith projects in community spaces and countered the damaging spread of hate propaganda about Muslims and other minorities.

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