The Tutu Foundation UK was launched in 2007 to continue the inspiring and transforming peace and reconciliation work of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mrs Leah Tutu. Our mission is to transform lives and communities in the UK by building peace, respect, understanding and connections between people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
The Tutu Foundation UK builds peace in fractured UK communities using a model inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s ground breaking peace and reconciliation work.
To successfully tackle the conflict in our communities, underlying attitudes and behaviours must be addressed in order to achieve a lasting peace. The Tutu Foundation UK helps communities in or at risk of conflict come together to develop a common point of view of what is wrong and how to make it better. Through our work, individuals grow in confidence and belief that they can be agents of change in their communities. With our support, communities develop their own peace projects, building bridges and changing attitudes.
We employ a unique approach to conflict-resolution, drawing on the southern African concept of ubuntu, championed by Desmond Tutu in his peace work in South Africa and Northern Ireland. Ubuntu emphasises the interconnectedness of humanity; how our actions towards others have an effect on our own well-being. It promotes respect, diversity and interdependence and appeals to people of all backgrounds and faiths. As such, it is an excellent community development tool, promoting good citizenship, reconciliation and understanding. It underpins all of our work and resonates profoundly in today’s multi-cultural, multi-faith British society.
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