100 years of SCI

Our history

In 1920, the Service Civil International (SCI) came into action for the first time. People from the former warring countries worked together in reconstruction projects in war-torn France. This first civilian peace operation was organized by the Swiss Pierre Cérésole.

Through this type of civilian volunteering he wanted to counteract the prevalent militarism and foster peace between the nations. The current philosophy of SCI is based on this founding idea.

100 Actions for Peace

During the anniversary year, SCI International launched the “100 Actions for Peace” campaign to celebrate 100 years of SCI. Worldwide there are 100+ “Actions for Peace” events and actions for peace.

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Words about Deeds

The book “Words about Deeds” looks back on a long history of international civil service for peace. Various articles underline the stages and developments of SCI with the help of voices and portraits of activists from the 100 years of SCI.

The book was published by SCI International in Antwerp in collaboration with the international archive in Switzerland.

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