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I Want To Learn Peace

By Peter Serete On November 12, 2013, very early in the morning, the temperature in Kakuma refugee camp in the desert of northern Kenya was already at 92°F, and the wind was blowing from the east at 18 miles per hour. It was very dusty and hot! I was riding on the back of a motorbike from the Friends Church…

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Friends Church Peace Teams – FUM Ministry of the Month – December 2012

The early warning signs are ominous. As Kenyans prepare for a national election on 4 March 2013, there are already incidents of violence. Five years ago, Kenyans shocked themselves and the world when a contested election sparked wide-spread unrest. At the height of the violence in January 2008, Friends held a national peace conference and launched a coordinated Kenyan Quaker…

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Report from Kenya – Friends Church Peace Teams

A letter from Getry Agizah – September 26, 2012 My life has been full of challenges as I made my way to create awareness of peace in Kenya and other African countries. I remember going for an Alternative to Violence workshop in the year 2005, in Lugari. Most of the participants felt this training was irrelevant because they felt at…

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Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

Turbo Division in the Rift Valley in Western Kenya was very hard hit by the post-election violence of 2007-08. As the Friends Church Peace Team (FCPT) started doing reconciliation work, we thought it would be hard to see any impact if we tried to work everywhere. So, with boldness, we focused on Turbo division. Pessimists say Kenyan youth cannot bring…

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Transformative Mediation

The Transformative Mediation programme is being introduced to enhance effective mediation wi thin communi t ies, reaching out to church and community leaders as possible. Introducing the Transformative Mediation programme in Kenya is timely given that there are many underlying conflicts in the communities, and yet no meaningful success is being realized through other kinds of interventions. To start off,…

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May 2012 FUM Ministry of the Month — Africa Ministries Office

In 2004, Eden Grace, her husband, James,  and their two boys, Isaiah and Jesse, arrived in  Kenya to join with John Muhanji, a Kenyan  Friend, in establishing the Africa Ministries  Office of Friends United Meeting. Later Judith  Ngoya was hired to make up this staff of three. Since the opening of the office in 2005, there  has been a great…

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A Revival of the Peace Testimony

By Eden Grace, Africa Ministries Office field staff In late December 2007, most Kenyans were surprised and shocked when the disputed presidential election sparked widespread chaos and violence. Kenyans see themselves as peaceful people and think of their country as a haven of stability in a rough neighborhood. Over the previous decade, Kenyans had looked at Rwanda, Sudan and Somalia…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Friends Church Peace Team

The date of Kenya’s next election continues to be a matter of debate (August 2012, December 2012 or February 2013). FCPT continues to focus on preventing election-related violence, and there are indications that our work will have a profound effect. FCPT does not currently have enough funds to sustain its work through the election and could really benefit from a…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Friends Theological College Responds to Humanitarian Crisis

By Oscar Lugusa Malande, FTC Bachelor of Theology student Studying at Friends Theological College prepares one to serve in different areas of ministry. One core area of ministry is missions and evangelism. There are specific courses in missions and evangelism, but the concerns of missions and evangelism are also integrated with other areas of study, like pastoral care and counseling,…

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Friends Church Peace Team

On December 27, 2007, Kenya held a national election. On December 29, as it appeared that the counting of the ballots was being manipulated, “hot spots” in the country erupted in protest. Two months later, 1,133 people had been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes. Kenyans were deeply shocked by the events unfolding around them.  On January…

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