On February 27, 2004 AsiaNews reported, "The Niwano Peace Foundation has decided to confer its 21st annual peace price to the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Iniziative (ARLPI), a Ugandan organization committed to promoting peace and inter-religious dialog. During the ceremony, set to take place in Tokyo next May 11, ARLPI will receive in addition to the prize, a medal and 20 million yen (about 145,000 euro). ARLPI is the first African organization to receive the award. The Ugandan NGO was founded in 1998 and is made up of members of various representatives of religious communities, among which we find faithful from Muslim and Christian (Catholics, Orthodox and Anglicans) Churches. ARLPI works to end armed conflict by non-violent means, to educate for peace and assist victims of war with the help of its crew of volunteers, religious leaders and supporters."