#418 — Transforming Communities for Social Change (TCSC) — December 23, 2016

Transforming Communities for Social Change (TCSC) By Shelly Stratton 2016 Newsletter For laid out version with more pictures, chick on tcsc-shellys-report-dec-2016 In 2008 the Mount Elgon region experienced some of the most devastating post-election violence in Kenya. At that time peace makers and community activists from Quaker peace teams approached these communities with workshops that explored the dynamics of violence READ MORE

#416 — Renewable Energy in Kenya — December 9, 2016

Some of the already installed 155 turbines of 365 turbines planned for Lake Turkana Wind Power.   Note: Request for sponsors for seven secondary students from Mukuru slum in Nairobi. Dorothy Schwartz manages the sponsorship program for a non-profit organization called Living Water Children’s Centre Fund (see www.LWCCFund.org). She is looking for sponsors for the secondary students at Joy House READ MORE

#414 — Two Decades after Violence Ends — November 25, 2016

Nadine Ndayizeye, program coordinator for IPB/HROC Burundi with three young people from the Batwa community at a workshop for vulnerable youth in Kibimba. Introduction: What are the implications two decades after deadly violence has ended? The media and individuals are highly concerned to end the violence when it is happening, but then they move on to other crises and ignore READ MORE

#413 — Developing Peaceful Communities — November 18, 2016

Ezra Kigondu facilitating a citizen reporter workshop at the Mt. Elgon Peace Center in preparation for the 2017 Kenyan election. John Vincent, an Africanist Quaker from Princeton Friends Meeting, sent me an article titled, Here’s What This Island in Congo Can Teach the World about Peace. If you would like to read the article see https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/10/19/heres-what-this-island-in-congo-can-teach-the-world-about-peace/. The article describes Idjwi READ MORE

#412 — Comparing US and Kenya Polling Stations — November 11, 2016

This is a picture of voting at Lumakanda Township Primary School during the 2013 Kenyan election. There are four voting violations, some serious, in this picture alone. Photo by Joe Ossmann Voting in Maryland for 2016 general election.  Announcement: The African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams (USA) is seeking a Coordinator for its peacemaking programs in Burundi, READ MORE

#411 The Large Five Shilling Coin: A Story– November 5, 2016

__________________________________________________ The Large Five Shilling Coin: A Story Report from Kenya #411 – November 5, 2016 Note to my African readers: Please forward this story to everyone you know who can read English.   Grace was at Nakumatt supermarket buying a few items for dinner. The total cost was 495/- so she gave the check-out clerk a 500/- note and READ MORE

#410 Resignation as Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative– October 28, 2016

__________________________________________________ Resignation as Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative Report from Kenya #410 – October 28, 2016    Gladys and I listening to internally displaced people outside of Goma, Congo, in 2010.   After eighteen and a half years as Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative I am resigning effective Monday, October 31. I resigned because of disagreement READ MORE

#410 Resignation as Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative– October 28, 2016

__________________________________________________ Resignation as Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative Report from Kenya #410 – October 28, 2016   After eighteen and a half years as Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative I am resigning effective Monday, October 31. I resigned because of disagreement with Friends Peace Teams on the response to fraud in one of AGLI’s program. Nonetheless READ MORE

#408 Mutual Aid– October 14, 2016

__________________________________________________ Mutual Aid Report from Kenya #408 – October 14, 2016 African Great Lakes Initiative of Friends Peace Teams   This is an example of a celebration. John Kidake and his wife had twins and these are the women from the wife’s family coming for a celebration to meet the new additions to the family and welcome them. Notice that READ MORE