Dear Rachel and All,
Hello and immense thanks for this "Letter to
Peacebuilders"! I have looked at the site and signed up as a member. Some
excellent ideas-resources-potential partners there!
I wanted to write a note too about your own amazing
peace-building efforts, and to ask if you will be doing a follow-up report of
some kind on the activities below, which we would love to see. How did things go
in Molo, Naivasha, and with the teachers' trainings?
Also, could you as a trainer go to Sotik to do some
peace-building activities with the youth there, as Charles Kilel has
The other big and important subject is the Peace
Caravan! We need to start enlisting POP members, as you say, and to have
discussions here in the forum about how we (individually and collectively) will
be able to contribute to the Caravan events of May and September.
Has any other POP member committed to being
involved with the Caravan? For everyone, a grant proposal has been written
to include REPACTED and Nafsi Afrika Acrobats in art activities linked to the
Caravan, but will Nakuru also be a host community?
Please let us know your thoughts on how to proceed
on the Caravan organizing and implementation--as members and in these
forums--Rachel, and what you need from us to make this as successful as it can
With love and blessings, Janet
> VYP will be organising for the above mentioned
meeting in Molo on
> Monday the 24th to bring together the Kikuyu and the
Kalenjin to speak
> out on the way forward after the violence in Kenya for
> co-existence.Achami and i hope we shall achieve
> We shall be working closely with
> our objective.Wednesday 26th Voluntary Youth Philanthropists shall be training
Naivasha youth on Peace building and conflict Management
> Saturday 29th VYP will be organising a students teachers training
workshop on peace building and conflict management.
> calling upon POP members in this areas to be part of the training
> I am
mobilisation part. This trainings by VYP are in preparation for
Peace Caravan which is just around the corner.
> of how to start organising the Peace Caravan
> Lets also think
> activities in your
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Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 11:05
Subject: [holistichelping] Fwd: Letter to
Greetings. If your work and interest is
focussed on peaceful change, under whatever heading, the Letter to
Peacebuilders is meant for you.
We believe there is, at this moment, a
window of opportunity for transformative peacebuilding to come of age, to be
taken seriously by governments, social movements and business alike. While
many injustices and conflicts across the world continue to resist
conventional, often militarised solutions, environmental factors are
introducing an additional and increasingly devastating new element for the
future. There is a clear and urgcent need for fresh approaches. However, the
international peace and development community is in our view not currently
capable of taking this opportunity. It is not simply a question of size or
resources. Despite all the achievements to date, we believe much well
intentioned work may be largely irrelevant to the change that is needed, at
both local and global levels.
The Letter sets out the situation as we
see it. It is informed by our own, varied experience and the voices and views
of many organisations and colleagues we have worked with in different parts of
the world. While we make a number of practical proposals as to what can be
done, we are aware how limited these inevitably are. We hope that this Letter
will stimulate conversations and encourage new and imaginative thinking, out
of which fresh initiatives will come.
The article is available at
Please take time to read it, and to discuss it with colleagues. We hope you
will send it on to others who may be interested. We invite you to
leave your comments on the website, or write us at lettertopeacebuilders@.... Please tell us if anything you write should be treated in
Would you be interested in taking some of this thinking
further, and turning aspects of it into action?
Simon Fisher and Lada Zimina