Dear Charles and All,
Excellent letters, and yes, now I recall your work on vaccines...is the support network you mention linked with KAVI (I believe it's called)? You and Stan have worked together on this, right?...I actually knew you more in connection to the ActALIVE chapter Stan wanted to start in Nakuru!
It's great to know of your interest and involvement with peace-related endeavors, and I agree with you completely: for research to thrive, and to
prevent HIV/AIDS in the first place, there must be peace (as even with peace, there are challenges to these goals!).
I also agree about young people and peace-building: there are so many disadvantaged young people--and idle ones too--which is why we envision the use of ICTs (in "peace centers") to help address this issue.
You make an important point about the way we frame things with our words, thoughts, and characterizations, and indeed we need to realize--as much as possible--that "peace is every step" (a Buddhist belief).
Let's further discuss how we want to proceed with Sotik and more (I believe Rachel has indicated that she and VYP might be able to get there for trainings), and I/we look forward to doing that together!
With all best wishes and greatest blessings, Janet
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Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 9:57 AM
Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Re: Sotik follow up/Edwine and Charles
Thanks for your mail. I hope Edwine will factor in those suggestions and yes I would be available and we have resourceful people like Rachel who can help out. I am in Kericho working for a research organisation through Rift Valley vaccine Support Network ( I am sure you have heard of this) which is trying with others to
develop an AIDS vaccine. So being involved in community work I am in touch with many Community based organizations. Peace is also critical for research to thrive.
Let all pool our efforts in this endevor to" build peace"
Janet Feldman <kaippg@earthlink. net> wrote:
Dear Edwine, Charles, and All,
Immense thanks for this great update and the important suggestion by Charles! Edwine, what would it take to include peacebuilding and CR materials
and skills-building into this other program? And Charles, can you do this type of work yourself (ie can you join Edwine in part to add the peacebuilding component)?
How are you now, Charles, and what are you working on?
Will close with greatest blessings and all best wishes, and look forward to discussing and planning further! Janet
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 9:42 AM
Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Re: Sotik follow up
I find the planned intervention for Sotik really interesting. I however think that it would be of help to if the retreat is used
to give the youth skills in peace building and conflict resolution to make them ambasadors of peace.
I would be itersted to join Edwin during his intervention since I come from the local community and may be of help to him. I however appreciate the efforts he has made since Sotik/ Borobu area has been very volatile.
May peace be realised in our nation.
Edwine Nyandisi <edmixsound@yahoo. com> wrote:
Dear Janet,Rachel, Andrius,Pam, Maria,Dennis and all
Starting of small business.
What am going to do exactly at least have sessions
of giving them
ideas and motivating them of starting small business which can
generate small incomes for themselves, I know I an do better of this
because I am an enterprenuer, I started my business like four years
ago and I have made it through, this I can be a challenge to them
because am an evidence.
they youth in the area fear to start business because they think there
business will never make it. am here to work with them to have
confidence in themselves and to believe in themselves.
we will also try to figure out together how restructuring of the
affected small business and how to bring together young people from
different communities & cultures.
lastly on the business part I will need everyone to write down what
kind of business they want to start and why, this will help me know
who have original ideas( creative) who are copying who are not sure of
there ideas and see where to start from there and know
how to get and
idea of forming of groups.
I am also looking forward to plan for Peace dialogues with them and
other communities, and to initiate and implement together structures
of peace so as to find a lasting solution.
through this session I will choose and appoint one of there own
representative from the community, so that they can work as this
project is there own responsibility driven. this will help them to be
responsible of the task that they have been given.
another step is organize and encourage them to form groups where they
can be working in brainstorming of ideas regarding business ideas,
community related issues and what they will love to do to improve
there lives in the community.
Also this will help us as pyramid of peace to keep a good follow up
and know who is in charge in that area and who we can contact in case
this will also work well in terms of
them to work on the problems the
are facing on the ground,addressing this issue with them will go a
long way because they will work to reach to all young people in the area.
Young Peoples Retreat
I have also thought it will work well to organize one day retreat with
them with time for the young leaders where key issues are to be
addressed and also find ways of the young people to channel there
problems and grievances when they have challenges times in the community.
We must have a unified and comprehensive solution to the crisis;
The voice of the young people must be heard.
this trip is also to build that trust again, I believe most of the
places we have managed to go to four times at least SOTIK people to
see us as serious people and that we keep our word & even do follow
ups on the activities on the ground. Not just to pop in and never to
be seen again, we started it we are supposed to see it through
the end and see good results and achievements of the work well by the
BUDGET FOR 4DAY TRIP IN SOTIK
MATERIALS -4000/=- This are materials for small business of starting
business and how to generate ideas of how to start business.they are
going to be made out as handouts.
TOTAL COST USD $ 400
i wish every one to have a nice time and God bless you all.
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