Amani Sasa Update – 25 April 2008

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 25th April 2008[1]

THE HUMAN COST: Over 1000 dead and over 350, 000 displaced

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • Slum TV in conjunction with Makutano junction invites you to their SCREENING FOR PEACE on Friday 25th April, 7pm at ‘Kwa Austin’ open space, Juja Road, Mathare. This is their first public screening since the post-election violence. During the tribal clashes and their aftermath Slum TV has documented the stories on the streets of Mathare. The screening will show the other side, telling stories of hope. Films include: Mr Onyango’s Neighbours, Tell Tale for Peace, Nancy’s Story and Dear Mama. The prize-winning film from the Mtaa film fest will then follow. The screening will end with a forthcoming episode of Makutano Junction. Slum TV trains young people in audiovisual skills enabling them to tell their story in their own words. For further information contact Emily Hughes on +254 711256177 or info@slum-tv.org
  • The youth of Mathare, Kariobangi, Korogocho, Dandora and Baba-dogo under the umbrella of Collaboration for Peace and Development (COPAD) are organising a National Peace festival/walk which will start in Nairobi and go through Naivasha, Nakuru, Molo, Timboroa, Burnt Forest, Kisumu and other towns. There are so far 75 participants comprising both men and women under the age of thirty. Activities to be undertaken in each town include sports, beauty pageants, inspirational talks, Cultural shows etc. They are appealing for assistance either financial or in kind in the form of inspirational speakers, security, PA systems, food and water, publicity etc. Contact Joshua on +254721706717
  • The refugee Studies Centre Department of International Development at Oxford University pioneered the study of forced migration 25 years ago. They would like to assist in terms of providing knowledge and understanding of issues relating to forced migration, specifically, or with contacts in the policy and humanitarian worlds generally, or with leveraging advocacy or tapping emergency or development funding. They also have an international summer school each year, which takes place in July for 3 weeks and fosters dialogue between academics, policy-makers and practitioners working to improve the situations of refugees and IDPs. A number of bursaries are offered. If interested please contact amelia.richards@qeh.ox.ac.uk
  • If you are looking for information about the peace process and initiatives that have been established towards this go to www.rescuekenya.org. This site has information on IDP’s, provides a resource to those who are assisting people on the ground and links up various peace initiatives. The site also has forums and blogs where people can post updates on any upcoming activities. See www.forums.rescuekenya.org/ccp to post a comment on the CCP forum.

    1. Kenya Veterans for peace site is up www.forums.rescuekenya.org/kvp.
    2. www.rescukenya.org have started mapping IDP data according to province/district/division and would like anyone with information on IDP’s in Tanzania or Uganda to send them this information
TODAY’S MEETINGS

08.30 The Peace Makers Update, Oxfam, shelter Afrique House, 1st Floor OPEN

QUOTE OF THE DAY

It is not the lamb who should go and ask the lion if it has had dinner.

Gambian proverb from African Wisdom on War and Peace compiled by Annetta Miller

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE

Today’s Inspirational Feature is from JUSTIN N. KIMANI a consultant in Conflict Transmission specializing in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region Conflict Systems. Email; justinkimani@yahoo.com

ANNAN DID KENYA PROUD, IT IS NOW UPTO KENYANS TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT.

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Amani Sasa – 11 April 08

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 11th April 2008[1]

THE HUMAN COST: Over 1000 dead and over 350, 000 displaced

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • To receive an update on the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation process go to http://www.dialoguekenya.org. Here you will find information on the team, the agreements reached thus far and current updates on the process.
  • Jesuit Hakimani Centre in collaboration with others is Launching an Ambassadors for Peace initiative that will take some prominent persons to the grassroots in various parts of the country to boost the continuing activities on national healing and reconciliation. They have invited the Retired Arch Bishop Nding Mwana Nzeki, Rev Timothy Njoya, Madam Dekha Ibrahim, Tecla Loroupe and Paul Tergat to the Launch in Korogocho on the 19th of April. All Concerned Citizens are invited to the event.
  • Rtd. Gen. Daniel Opande sends his regards to all Concerned Citizens for peace. He is currently out of the country and has therefore been unable to attend meetings but he is following closely on the current situation in Kenya and is with us all the way in the discussions and recommendations, which might be directed to our political Leaders to uphold the interests of our people and country above any other considerations.
  • One Kenya-one Nation is looking for peace messages to pass on to school children and students to ingrain a patriotic culture in them with. If you have any ideas of such messages which pass on the idea of peaceful co-existence with no ethnic or religious animosity kindly send your them in to: nationkenya@yahoo.com or info@onekenya-onenation.com. You can also check out their website on www.onekenya-onenation.org
  • If you are looking for information about the peace process and initiatives that have been established towards this go to www.rescuekenya.org. They have now established a crisis victim registry, a missing person registry, a camp registry and organization / initiative registry. They are also registering victims, tracking IDPs and getting their personal information, their needs, skills, where they were from, which camps they were in, where they were taken and where they’d like to go. They are also carrying out situation mapping, which gives current information on the situation on the ground. Other activities include Supply Chain Management / Inventory Management, Volunteer Management, Communication Centre, Reporting System and Needs Assessment.
  • The Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) online petition effort calling on all the Members of the 10th Parliament of Kenya to reduce their massive salaries and return land that they have acquired illegally is still on-going. They have been collecting signatures for the petition and an attached letter to be sent to the MP’s, and plan on reaching 10,000 signatures. It is posted online on: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/reduce-Kenyan-MPs-salary. KPTJ urges all Kenyans, friends of Kenya, members in the diaspora to please take a moment and add your signature to the petition online.
  • There is a scholar in the field of conflict management and peace studies who is willing to give a talk on reconciliation the Kenyan perspective for free. She is also willing to share a talk on any other topic so long as she is informed about this prior. If interested contact William Nd’ungu on email wildleonnd@yahoo.com to facilitate the talk. Continue reading

Amani Weekly Newsletter – 009

Amani Sasa Weekly Newsletter – 009

Kenya Vs Zimbabwe, or a dream for the future…by Simiyu Barasa. He is a Kenyan filmmaker and member of the Coalition of Concerned Kenya Writers.

The Fatherhood Challenge ..By Eric Guantai

This weeks profile – Linda Bore….Compiled by Dolphine Ndeda

Agriculture for Peace Turning Guns into Ploughs…By Sahondra Kiplagat

Young, Strong and Unbowed…By Ricky Kimani


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Amani Sasa Newsletter – 008

Aggrey Omondi: Force Positive in Siaya….by By Jessica Hoy and Angela Vance

THE WATCHMAN – A Season for Wondering …By Eric Guantai

This weeks profile George Wachira….Compiled by Dolphine Ndeda

Remembering Our First Responders…By Sahondra Kiplagat

Amani Sasa Newsletter – 008

Amani Sasa – 4 April 08

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 4th April 2008[1]

THE HUMAN COST: Over 1000 dead and over 350, 000 displaced

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • If you are looking for information about the peace process and initiatives that have been established towards this go to www.rescuekenya.org. This site has information on IDP’s, provides a resource to those who are assisting people on the ground and links up various peace initiatives. The site also has forums and blogs where people can post updates on any upcoming activities. See www.forums.rescuekenya.org/ccp to post a comment on the CCP forum.
    1. All groups working with IDP’s requiring assistance, please check

www.rescuekenya.org/govt_coordination.php for contacts for specific government assistance.

    1. An online database has been set up www.crisis.rescuekenya.org to collect data on IDP’s.
      To enable the collection of proper data, all those asking for assistance need to provide data by emailing info@rescuekenya.org. Required is Names of persons in IDP’s, Gender (male/female), children, location of camp, IDP’s from where, Date in, Specific assistance sought, skills of IDP’s.
    2. Anyone in contact with persons who lost or suffered direct damage to their businesses in the Post Election violence, get government assessment forms from the nearest Chamber of Commerce offices or download a copy from:

  • One Kenya-one Nation is looking for peace messages to pass on to school children and students to ingrain a patriotic culture in them with. If you have any ideas of such messages which pass on the idea of peaceful co-existence with no ethnic or religious animosity kindly send your them in to: nationkenya@yahoo.com or info@onekenya-onenation.com. You can also check out their website on www.onekenya-onenation.org
  • There is a scholar in the field of conflict management and peace studies who is willing to give a talk on reconciliation the Kenyan perspective for free. She is also willing to share a talk on any other topic so long as she is informed about this prior. If interested contact William Nd’ungu on email wildleonnd@yahoo.com to facilitate the talk.
  • The Leadership Institute of Kenya (LIKA) is still holding their meetings every Wednesday at LIKA offices, on Kirichwa road near Masaba Hospital from 5 – 7 p.m. The meetings discuss the deeper issues affecting our country such as ethnicity, failure of democracy, the youth, money culture and lack of nationhood, as Kenyans seek to go “GO NATIONAL”. All are welcome.
  • The Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) online petition effort calling on all the Members of the 10th Parliament of Kenya to reduce their massive salaries and return land that they have acquired illegally is still on-going. They have been collecting signatures for the petition and an attached letter to be sent to the MP’s, and plan on reaching 10,000 signatures. It is posted online on: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/reduce-Kenyan-MPs-salary. KPTJ urges all Kenyans, friends of Kenya, members in the diaspora to please take a moment and add your signature to the petition online. Continue reading

Amani Daily – 28 March 08

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 28th March 2008[1]

                                                                                                                                                                                

LEST WE FORGET: Over 1000 dead and thousands displaced

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

 

  • Margaret N. Muturi from Kiambaa – Karuri Njoro Village is asking for help. She is hosting 22 IDP’s from Molo, who need humanitarian assistance and business capital. The IDP’s include 3 males over 18 years, 2 of them fathers to the families, 2 women with nursing babies born during the skirmishes and on transit from Molo, 1 High school boy who needs to go to school, 11 primary school children and 3 kids at home based motherly care. You can contact Margaret on phone 0728 373 303.

 

  • The Peace and Security Council of the African union at its 115th meeting held on 14th March 2008 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia issued a communiqué, welcoming the signing of the political agreement in Kenya. They called on all Kenyans to support the leaders, and expressed appreciation for all regional and continental efforts made in support of the mediation process. They further requested the commission to remain engaged with the Kenyan parties and support them in the implementation of the agreements.

 

  • The first batch of graduates from the Kenya Veterans for Peace (KVP) completed their training and had their graduation on the 14th March 2008. The event was presided over by Mrs. Odeng’, senior P.A to the Nairobi Provincial Commissioner. The second batch is currently undergoing training at Peace House, Haile Selassie Avenue. Any assistance from counsellors, and peace building facilitators is highly welcome.

 

  • VUMA Kenya under whose auspices CCP-USA chapter is operating, is up and running. They are currently involved in various fund raising activities in support of the peace process in Kenya.

 

  • Leadership Institute of Kenya meetings are still on-going at LIKA offices, on Kirichwa road near Masaba Hospital at 5 p.m on Wednesday’s. They are currently planning to prepare books, which will be circulated to students in schools to train them on Kenyan culture. This is in line with their theme, Going National! All are welcome to this forum. Continue reading

Amani Daily – 14 March 08

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 14th March 2008[1]

THE HUMAN COST: Over 1000 dead and over 350, 000 displaced

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • A new online initiative, http://www.rescuekenya.org has been established. This site has information on IDP’s, provides a resource to those who are assisting people on the ground and links up various peace initiatives.
    1. All groups working with IDP’s requiring assistance, please check

www.rescuekenya.org/govt_coordination.php for contacts for specific government assistance.

    1. Anyone in contact with persons who lost or suffered direct damage to their businesses in the Post Election violence, get government assessment forms from the nearest Chamber of Commerce offices or download a copy from: www.rescuekenya.org/kncc.php

  • The Leadership Institute of Kenya (LIKA) is still holding their meetings every Wednesday at LIKA offices, on Kirichwa road near Masaba Hospital from 5 – 7 p.m. The meetings discuss the deeper issues affecting our country such as ethnicity, failure of democracy, the youth, money culture and lack of nationhood, as Kenyans seek to go “GO NATIONAL”. In their last meeting, the group decided to get down to action and write books targeting primary and secondary schools based on tribal solidarity and cultural cohesion. The group feels that investing in the youth is of utmost importance. All are invited, for future meetings.
  • The Kenya Veterans for Peace (KVP) continue to hold their workshop at Peace House, Next to Ukwala Supermarket, Haile Selassie Avenue. Sponsored by the Interreligious and International federation for world peace. The workshop seeks to have 200 former security personnel trained. KVP is appealing for counsellors and peace-building facilitators to assist during this workshop, which is ongoing. The first batch of 50, who have just finished the 10-day seminar have their closing ceremony today at 2 p.m. This event will also usher in the next batch of 50 to be trained. The chief guest at the event is the Nairobi P.C. Contact the KVP Secretariat on 0725-203128 or 3588390 if you would like to attend or support this initiative. Guests should be seated by 1.30 p.m.
  • The Universal peace federation in conjunction with the ‘I have a dream foundation’ is organising a 1-day event dubbed Realising the Dream. Martin Luther King the 3rd will be present at the event, which will be held at the KICC on the 18th March 2008 from 830 a.m. The event seeks to have political leaders and other individuals from various groups to discuss the recent post-election violence in Kenya and what various groups can do. All are invited.
  • The Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) are holding a public forum today from 4p.m to 7 p.m. at the Inter Continental hotel. The Key question under discussion is ‘What does the National Accord and Reconciliation Agreement mean for Kenya?’ speakers at the forum include Muthoni Wanyeki of Kenya Human Rights Commission, Karuti Kanyinga, Institute of Development Studies, and David Ndii of the Kenya Leadership Institute. Continue reading