East & Central Africa

Congo, Burundi, Eastern DRC

Quaker Peace and Social Witness supports African Quakers who try to change the conditions that lead to violent conflict; building positive, nonviolent grassroots peace movements to stand up for human rights and a just peace; and amplifying grassroots voices for peace that are too often silenced. Groups in conflict sit, talk and listen, and encounter the humanity in their enemies. It is spiritually, emotionally and financially demanding work. When we walk alongside them, we strengthen, deepen and bear witness to this powerful way of bringing the peace testimony to life. Successful nonviolent campaigns for social justice have held local authorities to account in Kenya, challenging corruption and upholding responsible leadership. Ex-combatants in Burundi have joined their neighbours to learn to construct and sell bio-sand water filters, contributing positively to their communities and beginning to repair damaged trust. Diverse peace committees in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo worked together to observe the troubled national elections and served as a strong community presence for stability, transparency and peaceful resolution of election-related conflicts.QPSW

E-mail: Laura Shipley Chico
Website:
www.quaker.org.uk/peacebuilding-east-africa

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Rwanda & Eastern DRC

African Great Lakes Peace Trust is the newly independent British charity which spun off from the (American Quaker) African Great Lakes Initiative. AGLI personnel still advise us, and some of our applicants reach us through them. We raise and distribute small sums of money to peace building projects in East Africa. We have helped fund workshops in Goma (DRC) to start refugees towards coping with their trauma and managing their resentments of the perpetrators. We have done the same for workshops in Rwanda enabling people with disabilities to build self esteem so that they can handle the discrimination they routinely face.

AGLI

Email: Elizabeth Cave

Website: www.africangreatlakespeacetrust.org.uk

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Eastern DRC

Quaker Congo Partnership (QCP) provides money and mentoring for counsellors to aid healing and reconciliation between different communities. They raise awareness of HIV, drug abuse, respect for women and conflict resolution. QCP pays for school fees, sports and creative activities for 40 orphaned children. Our community hospital provides healthcare to 50,000 people. It has one doctor, several nurses, a maternity unit, pharmacy, surgery and an ambulance. QCP aims to supply clean spring water to a drinking fountain, showers and hand basins in the hospital. The micro credit scheme (pictured) helps women to start small businesses and provide income for their families. QCP is a project of the Cambridgeshire Area Quaker Meeting and are partners with the Manchester and Warrington Area Quaker Meeting.QCongoP

Website: www.quakercongo.org.uk

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Kenya

The newly established Green Olive Trust UK provides educational opportunities for orphans and other disadvantaged children in Musingu in rural Western Kenya. It developed following personal contacts between some Lewes Quakers and Kenyan Friends and is now supported more widely by Friends in Lewes and other sponsors in the UK. Many bright children are prevented by lack of funding from progressing beyond primary school. Our main programme links promising students with UK sponsors who will commit to supporting them through High School and University. Our general fund will help finance other local educational initiatives.

Green Olive

E-mail: Bron Harwood Website: http://greenolivetrust.org.uk (under development)

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Kenya

North Wales Area Meeting Kenya Link began ten years ago, following the FWCC Triennial in Auckland, when we formed a link with Kigama Monthly Meeting in Western Province. The aim was spiritual exchange. We also help support their many AIDS orphans, raising funds for school uniforms, shoes and food. Schoolgirls from the area have designed cards which we have printed and sold here. Fifteen water filters have been installed for some of the AIDS widows, obviating the need for fuel for boiling. We hope to fund another fifteen, as well as rainwater tanks: women walk miles to fetch water, negotiating a steep clay slope to a river.NWales

E-mail: Margaret Clark

We also facilitate sending laptops to Kigama and Inyali Friends Primary Schools in Western Kenya (three so far).

E-mail: Nick Jewitt

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Kenya

The Kenya Schools Project is working in partnership with the Friends United Meeting African Ministries office in Kisumu, Kenya to support the 200+ Friends secondary schools and about 1000 primary schools in Western Kenya, to improve the academic standards of those that are less well-endowed, and to help them be more aware of the Quaker ethos with which they were founded. Based in Kisumu, Zadock Malesi has been appointed for two years as Education Secretary to support school principals and Yearly Meeting Education Secretaries.Kenyan Schools

E-mail: Roger Sturge

Website: http://www.graham-ecroydtrust.org.uk

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Kenya

Huntingdon – Kitale Partnership. Huntingdon LQM and Friends Church Kitale are working together to reduce their carbon footprint. Huntingdon Friends are making ‘green’ financial savings by, for example, walking to town rather than driving; eating less meat; or using only rainwater to water the garden.  Commitments are entered into a book of pledges and the money saved calculated. It is then transmitted to Kitale, via Sustainable Global Gardens, who work with Friends there to determine what varieties of trees should be planted. So far, savings of £249 have enabled the planting of over 1000 trees and reduced Friends’ collective carbon footprint by half a tonne of CO2 and as the scheme continues to expand those same trees will provide food, wood, shade, prevent soil erosion and sequester CO2 for years to come.Planting Kitale

Email: David Bale, Hazel Shellens  

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Uganda

Mediation & Restorative Justice. Marian Liebmann visited Uganda in 1999 at the request of Grace Kiconco Sirrah’s Restorative Justice Initiative, providing training for criminal justice professionals in the run-up to the introduction of Community Service Orders. In 2002, hoping to enhance the use of Uganda’s Children Statute 1996, Save the Children asked Grace to write a manual to train Ugandans in victim-offender mediation; Marian visited again to provide training. In 2011 she provided mediation and restorative justice training to criminal justice professionals, and organizations in Northern Uganda helping those suffering from the effects of the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2012 she returned to run a Training for Trainers course. For all these Grace was co-trainer.

Mediation & Restorative Justice

E-mail: Marian Liebmann

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Uganda

The Hope Project (UK) works with community development and peace groups, community mediation and legal assistance, adult literacy, nursery education and landmine/UXO issues in Kasese District, Western Uganda. The picture shows a tribal women’s group dramatising their recent history. The British workers are Diana & John Lampen, and our main partners are Rwenzori Peace Bridge of Reconciliation and the Ibanda Literacy Schools. The work is supported by Stourbridge Local Quaker Meeting and Central England Area Meeting.Hope Project

Website:  www.hopeproject.co.uk
E-mail: John Lampen

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Uganda

The Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network (CYEN) enables the running of the Butterfly Project for young social entrepreneurs in Uganda, helping young people become changemakers in their communities – city slums and poor rural areas. There are Chrysalis Centres on the edge of a slum in Kampala and in the rural north; eventually we hope to build and run a Secondary school. Nick Jewitt (Bangor) and David Bale (Godmanchester) are on the advisory board and Nick is a Trustee.CYEN2

Nick also channels support for school and university students in Uganda, including refurbished laptops.

website: http://cyen.org.uk
email: Nick Jewitt

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Uganda

Anger Management with Art. In 2011 Marian Liebmann responded to a request from Grace Kiconco Sirrah, working former child abductees of the Lord’s Resistance Army, finding found that anger was still a big problem. She visited to run 3-day workshops on Anger Management with Art in three towns in Northern Uganda, Lira, Gulu and Kitgum, for groups varying in size and composition. 28 men and 40 women took part. Participants found using art materials helped them to express their thoughts and feelings. She returned in 2012 and ran follow-up workshops, finding that many people had turned their lives round and also influenced neighbours ‘along the way’.Anger Management with Art

E-mail: Marian Liebmann

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