Kirsten and Henry's Fundraiser:

Building Peace in Rwanda

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THE STORY:

Kirsten and Henry are currently living in Byumba, Rwanda and volunteering with the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) division of the Friends Peace Teams. They are spending a year undertaking various peace building projects (involving reconciliation and conflict resolution, supporting and building childrens' libraries, English classes, clean water initiatives, work with refugees, teaching kitchen gardening, etc). We are asking for your support, so please consider making a (501c3 tax deductible!) donation today! We will happily accept support both online and offline and can be mailed to African Great Lakes Initiative/ Friends Peace Teams, 1001 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104. Checks should be made out to: Friends Peace Teams and earmarked (!) AGLI/Kirsten and Henry.

Projects:

We are currently working with AGLI on a variety of projects related to reconciliation, trauma healing, nutrition and health, and The Children’s Peace Libraries. Since the 1994 genocide and its violent aftermath, Rwanda has made laudable economic progress, but true reconciliation lags behind. With few nationally comprehensive restorative justice or resolution programs, it’s hard to overstate the importance of the grassroots-level workshops sponsored by AGLI since 2001. We have been working on/anticipate working on several of AGLI programs including:

  • Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC), a trauma healing initiative for adults
  • Friendly Water for the World, teaching Twa to build biosand water filters
  • Literacy/English programming in the libraries
  • Conversation classes at a local refugee camp
  • Conflict Resolution/Peer mediation workshops for youth
  • Expanding libraries in the Western Province (in Gisenyi and Kanzenze)
  • Fundraising for and constructing a new library in the Northern Province (Byumba)
  • Growing Together in Rwanda, an initiative that teaches women how to make kitchen gardens with locally available materials to increase nutrition and health of their families
  • Strategic programming, capacity building, fundraising, report writing, and grant writing

Most of the focus of our work is on youth. We hope that by giving young people in Rwanda tools to constructively address conflict in their own lives and their communities, we will empower students to take a more active role in building peace in Rwanda.

Your Support:

Donations will go through AGLI to fund supplies for projects or programming: resources for English classes or conflict resolution workshops, materials for the library (tables, chairs, games, more books), supplies for gardening classes (seeds, sacks, shovels) and funding for the construction of a new library in Byumba.

So please donate. Whatever you can, big or small, short or tall. If you have any questions, ask! We love every chance to promote understanding and awareness about the community and the healing process. Whether you choose to give or not, be sure to visit our blog, A Library Grows in Byumba, and stay posted.

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Rob and Bridget DiMartini

Rob and Bridget DiMartini

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Ken Olsen

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Bill Hamel, Valérie Dubé & Family

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Nathan Hilton

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Tamar, Yael and Hagay Weiss

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