This November, Aikido Ethiopia and the are partnering with the African Union Peace Initiative & the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to host the first ever East African Seminar. This is a unique event as it brings together Aikido practitioners from across East Africa to not only train together, but to take Aikido “off the mat” and learn about conflict resolution from the Tribal Elders and senior International Leadership and Aikido experts.
Most of us remember Ethiopia for it’s devastating famine in the 1980’s. Two thirds of the current population are under 25 years of age. This young and, at times, vulnerable population will be the new leaders of their country. Their geographic neighbors, who will have students at the seminar, are also no strangers to famine, war or political unrest. This seminar is an opportunity to help change that conversation for the youth of East Africa and look at ways to resolve conflict, build connection and mutual understanding across ethnicities, religions and countries.
Our goal is to raise at least $25K so that we can bring students to the seminar from Ethiopia, as well as Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea. In Africa, your contributions will go a long way, and every bit helps:
- $50 - Funds bus transportation for an Ethiopian seminar attendee
- $150 - Funds meals & accommodation for an Ethiopian seminar attendee
- $500 - Funds all seminar expenses for an Ethiopian Elder and his/her assistants
- $1000 - Funds all seminar expenses, including air travel for an East African attendee outside of Ethiopia
For more information about the Seminar is available at the main fund raising page. Please help us to make this Seminar as culturally rich as it can be by supporting our fundraiser for African attendees!