Firstly, we hope you are all safe and healthy. In March, both the United States and Rwanda were placed on lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, we have been dealing with immediate and short-term concerns for both our families and ourselves.
Now that the dust has (somewhat) settled, CTP is ready to spring right back into action. But this will not look the same as it has in years past. At the heart of our program is community, and the pandemic has made it impossible to experience community in the way we were once able. For that reason, it is with a heavy heart that we say we will not be able to safely hold our annual Youth Peace Camp this summer 2020. This is the first year since 2016 that students from across all four provinces of Rwanda will not come together to discuss peace, community-building, and their role in both.
However, CTP has always understood that peace does not mean a world with no conflict. It is how one handles inevitable conflict that can bring peace. And we at CTP are committed to fighting for peace and continuing our important dialogue whether or not that can take place in person. We ask for your patience as we re-center ourselves during his challenging time. We are currently holding team discussions on the way forward, and we welcome any input from you all, our valued community. We plan to come back full force to celebrate 5 years of CTP when we return.
Thank you for sticking by our side no matter the circumstances and once we are ready to change course, we sincerely hope you will come with us.
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