of the African Great Lakes Initiative
The African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) is a program
created by the Friends Peace Teams, an organization consisting of sixteen
Quaker Yearly Meetings in the United States who have united to support
the traditional emphasis of Quakers in promoting a more peaceful world.
In April, 1998, the Friends Peace Teams realized that Quakers in the
Great Lakes region of Africa, numbering almost half of the Quakers in
the world, were in countries with a great deal of violence, social unrest,
genocide, and civil war. Consequently in January 1999, an international
delegation of seven team members visited Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.
From this visit and subsequent discussions, the Friends Peace Teams decided
to create the African Great Lakes Initiative to support peacemaking activities
at the grassroots level. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.