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Re: Peace Monument” in Eldoret town o n 12th February 2008.

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Wesley Chirchir Chebbie +254 722 992 107 in Eldoret, we just spoke and I thanked you for your very important work under very difficult circumstances and also
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2008
      Wesley Chirchir Chebbie +254 722 992 107 in Eldoret, we just spoke and I
      thanked you for your very important work under very difficult
      circumstances and also your great leadership as an organizer. Your
      detailed letter also lets us work very closely as friends. Thank you
      especially for the phone numbers of your "animators".

      We agreed that 200 USD is sufficient for the meeting which we will
      pursue in the spirit of Jesus who fed the thousands with nothing. As we
      discussed, let's be creative with our symbols. Bottled water is a
      symbol of separateness, whereas if we ladle water from a common vessel,
      that is our unity. (And costs much less.) Similarly, we invite people by
      asking them to help us. We ask people to bring chairs. We ask people
      to bring food. We ask people to bring flowers. We ask people to bring
      symbols of peace and decorations. We ask people to bring songs and
      dance. Please ask the Bishop of Eldoret, he is a hero and surely he
      will note every symbol.

      We also agreed that you will send us a summary account today of the
      money you have received so far, roughly how much you have kept for
      yourself (I hope that you have!) and roughly how have you distributed it
      to others. And a list of the names and phone numbers of the key people
      you have worked with. You gave a nice list on January 7, 2008:
      Please do this today and I will then confer with Kennedy and Rachel and
      send you money with their approval and all of our blessing for your
      vital work!

      Thank you, Wesley!


      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas

      wesley chebii wrote:
      > Dear Andrius,
      > Today we worked with Ken Chelimo on the program for
      > holding the peace monument in Eldoret on 12th Feb
      > 2008. I have also infoemd Owino who seemed to liek the
      > idea.
      > Thus we will be meeting Eldoret to hold prayers and
      > the laying of flowers at a designated place outside of
      > the Mayors office, Eldoret. The council has already
      > given us the site and indeed the Town Clerk has agreed
      > to grace the occasion and be among the many
      > dignitaries that have been invited. This event will be
      > an occasion to commemorate the deaths of hundreds of
      > people who died during the post-violence skirmishes in
      > North Rift and indeed the whole of Kenya.
      > The occasion will be used to say prayers for the
      > departed souls as well as accord the dignitaries and
      > all people of goodwill, to grief, weep and mourn the
      > loss of innocent people. Every person attending this
      > epic event will be expected to carry any symbols of
      > peace that include such items as green twigs, white
      > bands, doves, flowers and any other symbols of peace
      > that have a spiritual and traditional dimension. We
      > will also use the occasion to preach peace and harmony
      > in our town and call for cessation of hostilities by
      > the youth from this region.
      > At the end of the prayers, a “Tree of Hope," will be
      > planted at the site. White doves will also be released
      > to fly as a sign of peace. Religious leaders attending
      > the function will be encouraged to use their sermons
      > as part of the healing process for the victims.
      > Community and political leaders will be expected to
      > preach reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among
      > diverse communities living in the area.
      > Representatives from the private sector and the civil
      > society will be in the frontline advocating the
      > importance of different tribes according each other
      > dignity, mutual understanding and living together in
      > the spirit of brotherhood as Kenyans.
      > We expect to invite around 50 people, excluding
      > members of the public estimated at 200 from the
      > following sectors:
      > - Religious organizations
      > - Political Leaders
      > - Elders from the communities
      > - Members of the civil society (NGOs, CBOs, RBOs etc)
      > - Private Sector (Business people, investors,
      > industrialists, etc)
      > - Victims of the violence from different communities
      > - Members of the public ( about 100)
      > We propose the following budget to cover expenses
      > during the occasion:
      > - 3 tents hired @Ksh2500 = Ksh 7500
      > - 20 bouquet of flowers @Ksh300 =Ksh 6000
      > - 50 chairs hired @Ksh30 =Ksh 1500
      > - Public Address System @Ksh6000 =Ksh 6000
      > - Transportation of choirs@Ksh1500 =Ksh 1500
      > - 4 Crates of Soda @Ksh600 =Ksh 2400
      > - 50 bottled mineral water @Ksh50=Ksh 2500
      > - 100 white bands @Ksh30 =Ksh 3000
      > - 1 banner @Ksh5000 =Ksh 5000
      > - 5 days caretaker fee @Ksh1000 =Ksh 5000
      > - Mobilization costs (taxi, Press, public)=Ksh 5000
      > - Video and photo coverage @ 5000 = Kshs 5000
      > TOTAL =Ksh 50,400 (US$ 720)
      > We anticipate that the peace monument will continue
      > reminding different communities of the importance of
      > living in harmony regardless of the communities they
      > come from. This occasion will definitely contribute a
      > milestone in reconciliation and peace building
      > initiative in this region.
      > This event will be covered by the print and electronic
      > media, including community FM radio stations that
      > include KISS FM, SAYARI and Biblia Husema Studio. The
      > foreign media houses that we have informed of this
      > event include the BBC and Radio France.
      > The occasion will be graced two Hon Members of
      > Parliament who are women from Eldoret region.
      > 1. William Cheruiyot- 0721 241440
      > 2. Jonathan Chesessio- 0722698541
      > 3. Fred Yego- 0722422442
      > 4. Dorcas Koskey- 0722 826104
      > 5. Joseph Chumba- 0722 479069
      > 6. Cheruiyot Chirchir- 0720 598894
      > 7. Sammy Samoei- 0726 823513
      > Thanks
      > WESLEY
      > --- Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
      >> Dear Karambu Ringera,
      >> I am very glad to have found your thoughts "The
      >> heart of the Kenyan
      >> Violence"
      >> http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/45762
      >> Thank you for your great creativity in this time of
      >> heartbreak.
      >> I lead Minciu Sodas, a community for serving and
      >> organizing independent
      >> thinkers around the world. We have many participants
      >> in Kenya and have
      >> organized a Pyramid of Peace
      >> http://www.pyramidofpeace.net to distribute
      >> resources to stop the root cause of any potential
      >> genocide. For example,
      >> I am concerned about several parlamentarians,
      >> Kalenjins and Kikuyus, who
      >> lost their seats and are fomenting genocide. In the
      >> spirit of "love your
      >> enemy" I am thinking that it would be wise to
      >> encourage them to publicly
      >> speak their mind so that we might see what is in
      >> their hearts. More
      >> broadly, we might encourage the inclusion of all of
      >> those who lost the
      >> elections, not only those who won. Your
      >> participation would be most
      >> welcome. I understand that you competed in the
      >> elections as well.
      >> A more important purpose is served by your "Peace
      >> Circle Dialogue" and
      >> so I share an excerpt below. Janet Feldman of our
      >> Holistic Helping
      >> working group
      >> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/ has
      >> agreed
      >> to lead us in drafting a positive, inclusive,
      >> holistic, motherly
      >> Constitution for people in Kenya and even around the
      >> world, those wish
      >> to participate and perhaps some day all peoples. We
      >> treasure your
      >> experience and counsel. Now might be a good time to
      >> expand the work of
      >> your Peace Circle Dialogue and make good use of
      >> Internet as well to
      >> share the stories, the ones that can be made public.
      >> Please join us! Send a blank message to
      >> holistichelping-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or write
      >> to me at ms@... and
      >> I will add you to our group!
      >> Andrius Kulikauskas
      >> Pyramid of Peace http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
      >> Minciu Sodas http://www.ms.lt
      >> +370 699 30003, Vilnius, Lithuania
      > ------------------------------------------------------------------
      >> an excerpt from:
      >> http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/45762
      >> I found my niche. So, I set up to come on Thursday
      >> January 24 to start
      >> the peace dialogue. Lack of information on where
      >> women can get help for
      >> educational needs of their children or for material
      >> needs is alarmingly
      >> much in the camp. At Nakuru many women came to ask
      >> me for assistance –
      >> where to take their kids for schooling; how they can
      >> leave the camp and
      >> reach their relatives; how they could earn a living
      >> – several girls were
      >> looking for househelp jobs (to be employed in
      >> people's homes) – and so
      >> on. One man approached me with a letter which had a
      >> female handwriting
      >> seeking assistance for relocation. Since I am from
      >> far (Meru – Nakuru is
      >> about 9 hours by car from Meru) and did not have the
      >> capacity to help, I
      >> told the women that they have to speak with the KRCS
      >> personnel in their
      >> camp so they can ask the questions they were putting
      >> to me. I know that
      >> the organization is meant to assist people the camps
      >> in various ways.
      >> So, I insisted that they talk to these people.
      >> The Peace Circle Dialogue
      >> We sat in a circle and I introduced myself, asked
      >> someone to open with
      >> prayers, after which I asked everyone to introduce
      >> themselves and say
      >> where they were from. We started off with 30 women,
      >> 15 eventually went
      >> for debriefing (they had arrived at the camp the
      >> night before), two of
      >> 15 were called to go to the hospital to check on one
      >> of them who had
      >> given birth to a baby (they said to me smiling: "we
      >> have been blessed
      >> with a new life even here"), and two others left for
      >> other business. In
      >> the end, we had about 10 women who stayed throughout
      >> the 2 and a half
      >> hour session. I introduced the peace dialogue idea
      >> and why we were doing
      >> it. I gave the three statements that were going to
      >> guide our dialogue,
      >> looked for a talking piece and then I began the
      >> process.
      >> What emerged was very interesting. Each woman gave
      >> her story – most
      >> spoke about their history. Some gave incidents
      >> before the clashes
      >> (current displacement) as what gave them no peace,
      >> incidents that were
      >> exacerbated by the violence. Most were painful
      >> family issues – including
      >> wives being told to go where they came from because
      >> they were from a
      >> different ethnic group – being forced to leave with
      >> ones children
      >> because the children had the blood of the unwanted
      >> ethnic group. On the
      >> second day, the women were less personal and our
      >> discussions were more
      >> on what others had suffered. I was told of an
      >> elderly lady who was gang
      >> raped and then ripped open because the gangsters
      >> wanted to "see where
      >> they had been." The woman died. One woman came to me
      >> for assistance for
      >> her son who is beginning high school. She said to
      >> me, "one of the
      >> children has been taken to an orphanage. Now I need
      >> a place for my son
      >> who is attending a day school, but see where he is
      >> coming back every end
      >> of day. Please take him with you and help him get
      >> into a boarding
      >> school." At that moment I wished the community home
      >> we are building for
      >> AIDS orphans and other children in crisis was
      >> complete.
      >> I would have taken this boy to stay there while we
      >> looked for a boarding
      >> school for him. I took the lady's contact so that
      >> when I got a school
      >> for the boy, I would call them. I have already asked
      >> the IPI Program
      >> Director to check out a school for this child whose
      >> name is Isaac Geita.
      >> His mom's name is Margaret Wambui. The women who
      >> followed the three
      >> statements guiding our peace dialogue had this to
      >> say about their view
      >> of peaceful being or otherwise and what they
      >> committed to do for peace.
      >> (i) I have peace when: Peaceful moments cited by
      >> these women included
      >> when they pray, read the Bible, and when they are
      >> able to provide food,
      >> shelter and health to their families, including
      >> being able to educate
      >> their children. (ii) Peace for me is: Some of the
      >> answers I got include:
      >> End of conflict and violence; all the children in
      >> this camp going back
      >> to school. Help for those infected by HIV/AIDS,
      >> widows, single mothers,
      >> and orphans. The women said that education is the
      >> only hope for their
      >> children considering all their property was gone and
      >> the parents were in
      >> no position to support them now that they had lost
      >> everything. (iii) In
      >> the name of peace I commit to: The women committed
      >> to praying for peace;
      >> supporting those who were in need like orphans;
      >> encourages each other to
      >> keep hope in God. The women felt that if they kept
      >> their hope in God, He
      >> would deliver them and prosper them wherever they
      >> are.
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