Thanks immensely to Lawrence for his remarkable and courageous work, and to
Rachel, Dennis, and everyone for this excellent news abt the Nakuru meeting.
We look forward to a more detailed report, and greatest gratitude Rachel for
contributing some of her own resources, which we will surely try to somehow
Andrius, I will be in touch with you about this, in part because I am
sending something directly to Dennis for ActALIVE-REPACTED activities, and
may run into sending roadblocks if I try to do more.
The funding issues we are encountering will need to be addressed in a new
way soon: I hope that Rachel and I can approach Safaricom, for example, and
other types of grants and supports can be marshalled at this juncture. Did
anything emerge from the meeting about that? Is there any word from the NRI
on when we might hear about our proposals?
The issue of funding brings up another matter for me: I hope that you saw
my suggestions (posted Saturday) for possible ways to conceptualize and
organize our efforts in the present and future. I believe that changes in
this regard should begin NOW. I say this with emphasis because I believe we
need to shift out of "crisis" mode as quickly as possible (at least how this
particular crisis in Kenya has been addressed during the past few months, a
point of contention for a number of us), and that includes the language we
use and how we define roles and responsibilities.
We are now linking with--or hoping to link with--a number of other
peace-related endeavors happening throughout the country, and therefore it
becomes even more important to organize ourselves in such a way that people
will join us--and we will join with them--in a cooperative and egalitarian
We do need "organization" for this endeavor, including "lines of
responsibility", and we can collectively consider the roles that might be
played by "peace champions", "peacekeepers", and "peacemakers", or whatever
terms we use for those who are engaging at different levels of
responsibility in peace activities.
However we choose to approach these issues, this consideration in my mind is
crucial: we cannot truly have a new vision for peace, justice, and
inter-personal/communal/tribal relationships, while operating within
structures which speak to an older way of organizing and conceptualizing our
individual roles within the whole.
I need to tie this to my own work and fundraising and donations: I will not
do fundraising and/or source support for anything that relates to what I
regard as an older order, or which to my mind represents the antithesis of a
healthy, holistic approach to development and peace. I don't mean this to
try to "direct" what is decided in Kenya: this is more to make very clear
what I myself can and/or cannot do to be helpful and to advance our work.
Again, greatest thanks to all, and blessings and love to you and yours at
this sacred time, Janet
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
To: "help group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "learningfromeachother"
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 2:29 AM
Subject: [holistichelping] Lawrence Achami needs funds for travel
> Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 had me call him. He said that Lawrence
> Achami +254 720 613 379 is making good progress in Kuresoi, has opened
> access to Molo and is also working in the surrounding areas where the
> fighters are hidden. Lawrence asks for 200 USD which can be sent to
> Dennis said the Nakuru meeting went well. He is now organizing the Rift
> Valley bioregion meeting which they plan to do in Kericho because of its
> central location. They understand that there are little funds and they
> are working in the spirit of volunteerism.
> Talking to the Kalenjins and the Kikuyus and organizing meetings
> separately and now planning together. At one point Molo was not
> accessible to the Kalenjin community but Lawrence had two vehicles of
> the Kalenjin come to Molo town. Yesterday he went to Keringet and spoke
> to the elders and young men there and they agreed that they are going to
> get others and a meeting with the Kikuyus and the Kalenjins and discuss
> the way forward and the need to coexist together. Today he is planning
> to go to another Kalenjin site Olengroune and wants to have a working
> group. Also wants to establish contact and come up with a team from
> that side because he already has a team from the Kikuyu side in the Molo
> area. He is trying to come up with the best way possible to coexist
> He has the telephone and is very happy. He is planning to go to the
> Safaricom people to help him connect to the Internet.
> He needs money to travel and also for accomodation and for meals and for
> airtime so he can communicate with the contacts on the ground. And when
> he meets big groups sometimes they need to travel a long distance and he
> also pays for their lunch. He asks for 20,000 Ksh but 200 USD is enough
> to start.
> He is also going to the Internally Displaced Person camps and providing
> trauma healing. This helps him also understand their feeling and
> communicate that to others. This also helps them have positive feeling
> and reduces the chances of revenge.
> The meeting in Nakuru was a capacity building action and helped him with
> trauma healing and also with leadership. At the meeting of Pyramid of
> Peace they shared a lot and discussed a chain of command. They
> discussed a draft of a structure.
> I don't have money to contribute now because I have to use all that I
> can for the Ethical Public Domain workshop. I ask our help to raise and
> send money by Paypal to Minciu Sodas at ms@... or by credit card, see
> http://www.ms.lt or directly to Dennis and he will send to to Lawrence.
> I spoke to Rachel Wambui Kungu and she agrees to serve for another week
> as our Commander-of-Operations. She also speaks well of Lawrence's
> work. Rachel has secured some money relevant for Lawrence that he can
> use for a meeting in Kuresoi. She also secured some money for a
> training meeting in Eldoret. She needs however 350 USD to cover her
> own additional costs incurred at the Nakuru meeting. She is writing a
> report of the meeting and will also explain her income and expenses.
> Andrius Kulikauskas
> Pyramid of Peace
> Minciu Sodas
> +370 699 30003
> Vilnius, Lithuania
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