We are very happy to share that the teacher exchange and the agriculture exchange in March 2011 were a huge success with the participants and hosts. Here are two quotes from the leaders in East Africa:
"I wish to confirm that two teachers from CREED arrived in Millennium school yesterday, Sunday. They were well received. But before then our man Mr. Omutunyu Michael was part of the team that visited Tanzania on learning exchange. For all these blessings just accept my sincere thanks." -Clement (founder of CREED Africa in Uganda)
"Joseph is a passionate visionary with a heart for his community. He took us through his journey to uplift his community through better agricultural practices, the vegetable/fruit drying initiative, advocacy with the government, and finally his desire for knowledge sharing." -Angella (Africa Rising representative in Uganda)
We have now turned our attention to a leadership training that will take place in June 2011. The training will be provided by the excellent leadership of one of Africa Rising's member organizations, ALARM-Kenya. The participants in the training will be a group of 50 residents of Shalom City in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Shalom City is a communally owned piece of land purchased by 3,000 families displaced by post-election violence in December 2007-2008. The community has a vision for rebuilding their lives together through cooperative agriculture and holistic community care. The pace of rebuilding has been slow and the group has begun to lose the vision that was so strong at the founding of Shalom City.
The three day training will allow the community leaders to reaffirm the future and direction of their initiatives. The participants will gain critical skills to renew, sustain, and refresh them for the challenging work of economic development and peace building. This training comes at an important time as fears of repeat violence in the next election weigh heavily on the minds of all Kenyanas, particularly those in Shalom City. Through the efforts of Africa Rising in organizing the training, the expert facilitation provided by ALARM-Kenya, and the enthusiastic participation of Shalom City, we are confident that the future of Shalom City will be strengthened.
We have almost reached our funding goal, but there is still work to be done. The remaining funds are needed for our annual gathering in July 2011 in Kenya. We will bring together all fourteen member organizations from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. During this gathering, the organizations will share what they have accomplished over the past year, form connections for future collaborations, and envision the impact they will have in the region of East Africa through working together in a network.
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