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Kenya & Region: Alternatives to Violence shows great heart; great work

If you want to support the work of peace and reconciliation and conflict resolution...if you'd like to make a difference in Africa...here is an important website to explore the African Great Lakes Initiative.
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There, look for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) which "encourages participants to recognize that they can best find their own answers to the conflicts they encounter. There are three levels of AVP training: Basic, Advanced, and Training for Facilitators. All workshops last for three days and emphasize building community among participants."

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This morning's update isn't quite there yet in which he says: "Through our partner, Friends for Peace and Community Development and their Friends Peace Centre-Lubao, AVP in western Kenya plans on doing at least 200 AVP workshops (mostly with youth) in the next six months. We plan on doing ten to twenty workshops in a community so that the program can make a useful impact. We will focus on Western, Nyanza, and northern Rift Valley provinces."

Lend your funds, folks! "While we have received a good response for funding these workshops, additional donations are still needed. If we receive even more funds, beyond those needed for workshops currently planned, then we will be able to offer additional workshops. Donations can be made by writing a check to FPT/AGLI with a memo of "Kenya Reconciliation" and mailing it to Friends Peace Teams/AGLI, 1001 Park Avenue, St Louis, MO 63104 USA or using a credit card on our webpage, www.aglionline.org."

Click here to find out about 2008 summer work opportunities in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda.

Click here to preview a documentary "Icyizere: Hope" directed and produced by Patrick Mureithi "showing the healing and reconciliation possible between mortal enemies after the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and the Civil War in Burundi from 1993 to 2005. The film documents the progress that enemies can achieve towards restoring normal inter-ethnic relations. Two three-day Healing and Rebuilding Our Community workshops, one in Rwanda and one in Burundi, are covered with special emphasis on one member of each community, Tutsi and Hutu."

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