#282 — Is Devolution Working in Kenya? — June 6, 2014

__________________________________________________________ African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams Report from Kenya #282 – June 6, 2014 Is Devolution Working in Kenya? __________________________________________________________ Note: Theoneste Bizimana, the coordinator of HROC-Rwanda, will be taking a peacebuilding course at Columbia University next fall. He will have his weekends open and is willing to do speaking engagements or HROC workshops from Friday READ MORE

#281 — HROC Report from Obo, Central African Republic — May 30, 2014

__________________________________________________________ African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams Report from Kenya #281 – May 30, 2014 HROC Report from Obo, Central African Republic __________________________________________________________ Last night I had a dream. I saw all the people who had been killed by the LRA [Lord’s Resistance Army] coming to me giving me flowers. They told me that the flowers are READ MORE

#280 — The Culture of Kenya versus Central Africa — May 23, 2014

__________________________________________________________ African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams Report from Kenya #280 – May 23, 2014 The Culture of Kenya versus Central Africa __________________________________________________________ Reminder: Don’t forget to sign up and join us on June 20 to 22 at PeaceQuest2014 in Baltimore, the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Friends Peace Teams. On Friday night I’ll be introducing the keynote READ MORE

#278 — Fifty Years in Africa — May 9, 2014

__________________________________________________________ African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams Report from Kenya #278 – May 9, 2014 Fifty Years in Africa – 1964 to 2014 __________________________________________________________ Note: I have attached the Second Month’s Report on the Humanitarian Relief project after the floods in Bujumbura, Burundi, which many of you have helped support. ***** Another birthday. It’s a good time READ MORE

#277 — I am Excited and Gratified — May 1, 2014

__________________________________________________________ African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams Report from Kenya #277 – May 1, 2014 I am Excited and Gratified __________________________________________________________ Note: Quaker Peace and Social Witness of Britain Yearly Meeting has just published a wonderful book, This Light that Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders. The book includes 25 Africans, of which I know 23 including READ MORE

#276 — Canadian Oppression — April 24, 2014

__________________________________________________________ African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams Report from Kenya #276 – April 24, 2014 Canadian Oppression __________________________________________________________ Breaking News: Catholic Relief Services in the Central African Republic is contracting with AGLI to train fifteen Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) facilitators in three towns in the southeastern part of the country which have been terrorized by READ MORE

#275 – April 18, 2014 Electricity in Kenya

When I take my shower in the morning with our instantaneous electric hot water heater, I am not only clean, but feel smug and virtuous. Almost two-thirds of the electricity I use is from renewal sources. Almost half comes from hydropower, but more surprising about 15% of the rest comes from geothermal electric generation. Alas, the remaining amount comes from READ MORE

#272 – March 28, 2014 Jacobsen Named Most Valuable Peacemaker of 2014

Bill Jacobsen, Adjunct Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University outside Philadelphia, has been named “Most Valuable Peacemaker of 2014” by the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators. He attended the first HROC International Training in Burundi in 2011 and helped lead the following two international trainings in Rwanda in 2012 and 2013. He has been the leader in READ MORE