Kenyan voters in Lumakanda waiting in line to vote, some for up to six hours, during the August 8 election.
Update: The Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities-International (HROC-International) program has a new webpage at
Please check it out and forward it to people whom you think might be interested in the HROC program. HROC-International also has a new facebook page at
You can join the HROC conversation if you are interested as it is an open facebook page.
I would like to give appreciation to those who have directly supported my peacemaking leading in eastern Africa during 2017. These include the following people, meetings/churches, and organizations:
|African Great Lakes Peace Trust|
|Cannon Valley Friends Meeting|
|Davis, Charles and Jonis|
|Farmington Friends Church|
|Friends United Meeting|
|Hartsough, David and Janet|
|Primates World Relief and Development Fund|
|Redland Meeting, England|
World Remit bonuses
|Zarembka, David and Gladys Kamonya|
You will notice that David, Patrick, and Sue have no last names. This is because, when someone donates through World Remit, World Remit only gives the first name of the donor. If the donor has not informed me of the donation, I do not know their last name. If David, Patrick, or Sue will let me know their last name, I’ll update my list.
I do not have the names to acknowledge those people who donated to Friends Church Peace Teams (FCPT) through Friends United Meeting (FUM). FUM will have sent these donors their own acknowledgement. Nonetheless I appreciate this support also.
Ezra Kigondu facilitating a citizen reporter training session at the Mt. Elgon Peace Centre.
I have continued involvement with Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities International as HROC has continued developing during 2017 with expansion into new places and continued development in many of the old sites. A successful Second HROC International Gathering was held in July in Kigali, Rwanda, and the HROC basic manual has been revised and published.
The year 2017 was a difficult, challenging year for Transforming Community for Social Change/Friends Church Peace Teams (TCSC/FCPT) with the August 8 election which was annulled and the October 28 re-election which was boycotted by the opposition. TCSC/FCPT had to respond to political unrest and assassinations, strong-armed responses to demonstrators by the security forces, ethnic cleansing, and political uncertainty in an evenly divided country.
At the same time TCSC/FCPT conducted positive activities in training and re-training more than 1000 citizen reporters and many civic/voter education workshops. As more refugees fled from South Sudan to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, TCSC/FCPT continued is peacemaking work there through the Kakuma Friends Church and also began work at a new “overflow” refugee camp 30 kilometers (20 miles) away called Kalobeyei. Likewise the development of the Mt Elgon Peace Centre continued. In addition to the many peacemaking workshops, a new barn and cows, another taxi motorcycle, and continued cultivation of crops moved the Centre towards self-sufficiency. TCSC also provided a lead HROC facilitator for the HROC International Training in Rwanda and mentors for HROC workshops in northern Uganda and South Sudan.
While there will be no election in 2018, the 2017 elections solved nothing so that the conflict in divided Kenya has not been resolved. TCSC/FCPT will continue its work in the areas of western Kenya which are some of the major flashpoints for these divisions. We plan on continuing and enhancing our peacemaking work on Mt. Elgon which in the last few months has had at least 11 killings by gangs reputed to be linked to the former rebel group, in the Kakuma and Kalobeyei Refugee Camps, and other volatile spots in western Kenya.
I have been also able to give advice and support to the Joy Centre in a Nairobi slum, Visionary Women’s Centre in nearby Turbo, Resilient Woman of Africa with HROC workshops in women’s prisons, and a women’s organization in Bor, South Sudan. As you are aware, I have also continued my weekly Reports from Kenya.
I would appreciate your continued support for these activities. Thanks again.
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From 1998 to 2016, David Zarembka was the Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams. He continues his peacemaking work in East Africa with Transforming Communities for Social Change (TCSC) and Friends Church Peace Team (FCPT). He has been involved with East and Central Africa since 1964 when he taught Rwandan refugees in Tanzania. David is married to Gladys Kamonya and lives in western Kenya. David is the author of A Peace of Africa: Reflections on Life in the Great Lakes Region. He is an analyst on eastern Africa issues for TVC News in Lagos, Nigeria.
Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC)
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Reports from Kenya: www.davidzarembka.com/