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Friday, 03 February, 2017

Victor Nyanhete, IofC/MRA Zimbabwe youth programme coordinator completed an internship at Asia Plateau, IofC India’s centre in 2015. Just down the hill from the conference buildings in Panchgani is Grampari, the rural and ecological centre. As part of his training at Grampari, Victor was introduced to the Tippy Tap. Grampari promote this simple device, along with a cheerful hand-washing song, in schools around the area, as part of their health and hygiene programme. Victor knew this was an idea that was needed in his home country, Zimbabwe.

Tuesday, 31 January, 2017

News of Soweto 2016 Change on Progress camp, Talia Smith's 12 weeks Sabatical in South Africa and snippets from the Caux Winter conference report.

Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
South African youth camp

Seventeen young people participated in an Initiatives of Change camp that took place in the idyllic town of Heidelberg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa from 5 to 10 December. The theme of this fourth annual IofC camp was ‘Change in Progress’ and sought to inspire a committed network of youth to make positive changes in their behaviours, relationships, and communities.

Monday, 30 January, 2017

Creators of Peace had yet another thrilling experience sharing with the women of Baringo County. This took place from the 7- 9 September. The training brought together a group of seventeen women who live in Kositei area of Chemlingot, East Pokot. This area like many others in Baringo, has some cultural practices that make it hard for development, especially education. Men still believe that girls are meant for marriage and dowry; hence very few girls are taken to school. Due to this, animal rustling is still practiced to provide the young boys (as well as the old men) with cows and goats to pay their dowry.

Wednesday, 25 January, 2017

Salaban village is It is an area mostly dominated by the Ilchamus community who have suffered displacement due to heavy rains. Within the community a lot of forced marriages are practiced. This has caused a lot of women to live very bitter lives, especially those who had dreams and visions for their lives. With shattered dreams some have had to quit their marriages to start new lives for themselves.

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

Many lives were touched by the CiP programme, not just the direct beneficiaries but also their parents, the community and mentors, who gained valuable experience. (A follow-up Creators of Peace circle is being prepared for some of the parents) and on the last day of the camp, the participants put together an action plan which included giving back to the community (collecting clothes for deprived families, visiting elders and fundraising for an orphanage) and promoting CiP to other young people. An inspired and committed network of youth that aspire to make a positive change to their behaviours, relationships and communities now exists.

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

The Gweru Creators of Peace facilitators, Angie Katito and Adelaide Mhunduru held a Creators Peace Circle (CoP) with a difference. In attendance were five ladies and two men and an official from the Social Welfare Department. This was the first time in Zimbabwe that the team had included men.

Sunday, 15 January, 2017

Creators of Peace Circles in Kadogoi village took place on 12-14 July, bringing together 20 women. One of them, Esther, was blessed with a baby girl on the eve of the third day. This was heralded joyfully by participants as a blessing brought by Creators of Peace. Earlier Esther had shared things that were disturbing her a lot. She and her sister don’t see eye to eye and she said that this had resulted in their husbands prompting some of their family members to form cliques. She had tried to reconcile everyone without success. She looked forward to the last day of the workshop, hoping to get a lasting solution to her problem but in the meantime, she was enjoying her little bundle of joy.

Monday, 16 January, 2017
Joe Karanja and Mike Muikia

Mike Muikia, who met IofC 10 years ago, has started an online weekly reality TV show 'State of Society', where he interviews very ordinary people who are doing amazing work and changing lives. Joe Karanja, an active Initiatives of Change (IofC) member and lawyer from Kenya, shares his story in the following episode, explaining his involvement in IofC and the impact he's created.

Monday, 09 January, 2017
North East dialogue The Future We Want, India, November 2016

The second NE dialogue The Future We Want took place November 11th to the 14th of 2016 in the Siloam region near Shillong, Meghalaya. The dialogue brought together participants from Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Maharashtra, and Kerala. They all collaborated, discussed, and proposed ways in which they could strive for a brighter tomorrow.

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