Africa Mediation Appeal Letter
February 9, 2009
Dear Mediation Supporter,
Thank you so very much for your donation to the African Great Lakes
Initiative's Mediation Program. I am deeply grateful for your support
in making this vision a reality. Over the span of three years, with patience
and the hard work of many people, a vibrant community of mediators is
growing in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
to Violence (AVP) was introduced into Rwanda in 2001, AVP facilitators
were frequently asked to help solve disputes. Unfortunately,
with no training or skills in this area, the facilitators had to decline
these invitations. David Bucura (Mediation Coordinator) and others asked
AGLI to initiate a mediation program so the facilitators could assist
in resolving conflicts. Unfortunately, AGLI did not have the capacity
to respond to this request at that time. Waiting in the light is sometimes
difficult—especially when urgent needs are swirling around you.
Three years ago in
early 2006, Kim Bush and Judy Freisem, an experienced mediation trainer,
began touring the region and held five mediation trainings
in Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Kenya. In the summer of 2007, George Brose,
a professional mediator, conducted mentoring refresher courses at the
places Judy and Kim had visited. Then, in early 2008, Bridget Butt of
Change Agents for Peace International, followed up with trainings in "transformative
mediation" with George returning in the summer of 2008 to do more
mentoring and in-service trainings. We immensely appreciate the contribution
that Judy, Kim, and George have made to the program.
To date, about 200 people received basic and transformative mediation
training. These people have taken what they have learned back to their
neighborhoods, families, and churches. (I have included a report from
George Brose on the details of the mediation program).
We wish the program to continue. George plans on returning a third time
during the summer of 2009. We hope to raise $6,000 and we would like
to ask for your continuing support.
are tax-deductible and you can send a check in the enclosed envelope
online by clicking here. In either case,
be sure to designate your contribution to "Mediation Program."
We truly appreciate your consideration.
David Zarembka, Coordinator
African Great Lakes Initiative