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African Great Lakes Initiative2019-11-13T08:56:34-06:00
The African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) strengthens, supports, and promotes peace activities at the grassroots level in the Great Lakes region of Africa (Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda). AGLI responds to requests from local religious and non-governmental organizations that focus on conflict management, peace building, trauma healing, and reconciliation. AGLI sponsors Peace Teams composed of members from local partners and the international community.

BURUNDI

AGLI partners with Friends Women’s Association, a women-led organization dedicated to empowering women living in a conflict/post-conflict environment to help each other and build a better future for themselves and their families by addressing both their physical and psychosocial health needs. As a consequence of long-term conflict, these women experience many difficult challenges such as poverty, gender-based violence, high rates of HIV/AIDS, inadequate medical care, and post-conflict trauma. Additionally, AGLI supports IPB/HROC- Burundi, which organized peace dialogues both at the community and larger levels to bring together local leaders from various political parties. Since 2015, IPB/HROC-Burundi has trained over 4,000 people.

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BURUNDI

AGLI partners with Friends Women’s Association, a women-led organization dedicated to empowering women living in a conflict/post-conflict environment to help each other and build a better future for themselves and their families by addressing both their physical and psychosocial health needs. As a consequence of long-term conflict, these women experience many difficult challenges such as poverty, gender-based violence, high rates of HIV/AIDS, inadequate medical care, and post-conflict trauma. Additionally, AGLI supports IPB/HROC- Burundi, which organized peace dialogues both at the community and larger levels to bring together local leaders from various political parties. Since 2015, IPB/HROC-Burundi has trained over 4,000 people.

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KENYA

AGLI partners with Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC) to resolve violent conflicts by interceding as quickly as possible and training local community people in peacemaking, trauma healing, and social reconciliation programs in order to revolve and heal the community. TCSC works at the grassroots community level and stays involved with those communities over an extended period of time.

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KENYA

AGLI partners with Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC) to resolve violent conflicts by interceding as quickly as possible and training local community people in peacemaking, trauma healing, and social reconciliation programs in order to revolve and heal the community. TCSC works at the grassroots community level and stays involved with those communities over an extended period of time.

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RWANDA

AGLI supports HROC Rwanda, scholarships, and Children’s Peace Libraries of Rwanda with the aim to provide psychological support and training to Rwandan people and communities that have experienced genocide, sexual/domestic violence and trauma of any kind. HROC Rwanda helped to develop the HROC program in 2003 as a means to promote healing and reconciliation among Hutu and Tutsi communities that had experienced brutal violence and genocide. HROC Rwanda currently conducts approximately 35-40 workshops per year throughout Rwanda and has recently implemented HROC workshops in schools.

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RWANDA

AGLI supports HROC Rwanda, scholarships, and Children’s Peace Libraries of Rwanda with the aim to provide psychological support and training to Rwandan people and communities that have experienced genocide, sexual/domestic violence and trauma of any kind. HROC Rwanda helped to develop the HROC program in 2003 as a means to promote healing and reconciliation among Hutu and Tutsi communities that had experienced brutal violence and genocide. HROC Rwanda currently conducts approximately 35-40 workshops per year throughout Rwanda and has recently implemented HROC workshops in schools.

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UGANDA

AGLI supports the Bududa Learning center on Mt. Elgon, one of the poorest areas of Uganda. It houses the Bududa Vocational Academy, where young adults are trained in trades and vocational skills so they will be able to get a job, helping lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The “Children of Bududa” program is a sponsorship program that aims to provide support for local orphans and vulnerable children. In addition to these programs, the Bududa Learning Center maintains a microfinance project, where women are able to take loans to support and develop their businesses.

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UGANDA

AGLI supports the Bududa Learning center on Mt. Elgon, one of the poorest areas of Uganda. It houses the Bududa Vocational Academy, where young adults are trained in trades and vocational skills so they will be able to get a job, helping lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The “Children of Bududa” program is a sponsorship program that aims to provide support for local orphans and vulnerable children. In addition to these programs, the Bududa Learning Center maintains a microfinance project, where women are able to take loans to support and develop their businesses.

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African Great Lakes People

Working Group

Clerk, Andrew Peterson, Illinois YM
Recording Clerk, Laurie Bizimana, New York YM
Treasurer, Jonathan Vogel-Borne, New England YM
Rachel Madenyika, New York
Amy Rebecca Marsico
Suzanne Mandala, New York YM
Frank Massey, North Carolina YM
Erik Nelson, Texas
Parfaite Ntahuba, Burundi
Peter Serete, Kenya

Staff

Coordinator, David Bucura, Rwanda YM
Communications Specialist, Anne Hutchinson, Ohio Valley YM