929 South Plymouth Ave.

Rochester, NY 14608

MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a nonprofit that equips people to use nonviolence to create a sustainable and just world for all. The Gandhi Institute collaborates with local organizations, academic institutions, students, and committed peacemakers in the following areas: nonviolence education, sustainability and environmental conservation, restorative practices, and racial justice. We prioritize programing for people between the ages of 12 and 24 as well as those who serve those age groups. The Gandhi Institute was founded by Arun and Sunanda Gandhi at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee in 1991. The Gandhi Institute relocated to Rochester, New York when Sunanda and Arun moved to the area in 2007.The Institute is located in the Plymouth-Exchange (PLEX) neighborhood, a low-to-moderate income neighborhood and USDA food desert. The Institute continuously offers training in culturally-informed skills in conflict transformation and nonviolence, and fosters responses to systemic violence in the Rochester area through projects focused on racial healing, restorative approaches to conflict in area schools and communities, and through a new project with the Rochester courts system. Our campus in the PLEX neighborhood includes a ½ acre organic garden, fruit orchard, and chicken coop, which allow us to build community through growing and sharing food with neighbors in a zip code where the average life expectancy is a full ten years less than surrounding suburbs. New additions to our site include a conflict transformation labyrinth, based on a South African design, and a mural created with children at neighborhood School No. 19, and a toddler playground. We share our resources with other groups through hosting events at the Gandhi House, facilitating, and serving on several community projects.

We focus on: Education, The Environment

Where we are: Monroe

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