Nov 22, 2019

Report:Women sewing project in Kakuma Refugee Camp

Refugee women at workshop.
Refugee women at workshop.

Transforming Community for Social Change (TSCS) has successfully completed two phases of the sewing project. These were Healing and Rebuilding Our Community workshop and Alternatives to Violence workshop for the twenty four participating women. TCSC is looking forward in introducing the third phase next year. The third phase will introduce sewing training and skills for the women, each of the three trainings last for a month. The sewing trainings will be led by experience seamstress Julia Msafiri* from the Congo who is a refugee at the camp. The organization is fundraising funds to buy ten sewing machines that will be used for the training. Then after the training the machines to be used by the women, organized in sewing coops for their income generating activity.

*Name used with permission.

Workshop participants in Kakuma
Workshop participants in Kakuma
Nov 4, 2019

September/October Report

Male participants - HROC basic training in Nomorio
Male participants - HROC basic training in Nomorio

Program activities 2018-2019 fiscal year

Program           Number of Trainings Male Female People living with disabilities

HROC Basic                  42                  412      427                    1

HROC Advance              1                    10         8

AVP                              15                  184      116

Civic education               11                  710       390

Community Dialogue        3                  113         97                   2

Mediation                        2                    12

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Report on recent workshops 

Type of The Training: Alternatives To Violence Project (AVP) basic Workshop

Dates:  14-19/10/2019

Place/Venue: Nomorio Kapsokwony

Participants: male 21 Female 22 Facilitators 3

Workshop Description

Violence is now an epidemic. It’s no longer just an inner crisis but it has become a major concern for all communities especially Mt Elgon. Young people are more commonly using  violence as a solution to their problems and think very little of the consequences. Nomorio village has experience violence which is triggered by past violence experience, incitement from the politicians, unemployment, availability of small arms and school dropouts. Most young people opt to use violence as means of airing their grievances. Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC) has been on forefront in intervening in the midst of erupted violence and unrest among the youth. Two AVP trainings were contacted this month. We looked at prevention and intervention of violence among the youth.

Testimonies

“I have started acknowledging and voicing what I do well and what we like about others. I have also realized how important as a youth in creating a positive environment which promotes peace and say no to violence” . Creative Charles.

“As a youth I have had challenges communicating leading to misunderstanding. Good and bad listening will build my skills of observing and perceiving more importantly listening to others and respecting their opinions,recognizing communication barriers,and developing awareness of non-verbal communication” Peaceful Patrick.

“I enjoy this AVP training because of the games,in which everyone wins, everyone gets to play and the group  is challenged towork together” Mercyful Mercy.

“In role plays and problem solving exercises,it helped us to find solutions to problems and conflicts in every day relationships. I learnt that I can dea lwith conflict in a way that is positive andcreative which   introduce a positive side of ourselves to others and develop our community” Polite Peter

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Type of The Training: Healing and Rebuilding Our Community (HROC) basic Workshop

Dates:  14-19/10/2019

Place/Venue: Nomorio Kapsokwony

Participants: Male 29 Female 18 Facilitators 3

Section of male participant in HROC basic training in Nomorio

Workshop Description

Trauma healing has been one of our key program in Mt Elgon. The need for more for this kind of trainings help us to continue provide healing support to groups that have undergone trauma at both individual level and communal level, a group of elderly men and women from different faiths.

Testimonies

 “We have undergone problems. We suffer silently and no one has ever come for our rescue. When my husband died 3 years ago, this training has help me to understand trauma more deeply and also knowing many root causes o ftrauma” Jenniffer

“Trauma is a sickness. Many on this mountain are sick. Some don’t know if its trauma. They take painkillers everyday which has contributed to many other illnesses. It was not easy for me to talk after sharing my loss. I feel better” Micheal

“I love this program. I also liked how facilitators cared for us. Let this not be the end of program. Come again” Doreen

“I have started my journey of healing. I have my neighbor and I think this training will also be help her” Gladys

“I have always had a feeling of sadness and discouragement. Listening to all these stories and what my friends have gone through, I feel a sense of belonging. We need to remain together and support one another and keep checking on each other every day.” Beatrice.

Recommendation and Evaluation.

  • Continue promoting peace through this program
  • Build recue centers for people who have experience trauma especially women and children

Bring facilitators during our harvest time, we will provide food.

AVP -- Sharing a conflict I resolved nonviolently.
AVP -- Sharing a conflict I resolved nonviolently.
Village Elder Micheal sharing in a group of two's.
Village Elder Micheal sharing in a group of two's.
Sep 23, 2019

Update

Apprentice basic HROC workshop in Rwanda
Apprentice basic HROC workshop in Rwanda

Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC) has just completed its next step in its project in Samburu. Simon from Samburu attended the three week training held from July 7 to 27. The training was led  by Peter Serete from TCSC and Solange Maniraguha from HROC-Rwanda. He successfully completed the training and is now qualified to introduce and implement this and other peacemaking programs in Samburu County in Kenya.

The next step will be to conduct HROC workshops for the reconciliaiton coordinators that TCSC has identified in the three sub-locations in Samburu County. At the present time TCSC is still searching for addition funding to continue the trauma healing and reconciliation work.

 

 


 
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