The Power of Young People as Changemakers

By Mercia Takavarasha, Senior Programmes Officer and Pioneer Facilitator at Generations For Peace “The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm, and courage of the young people.” – Kailash Satyarthi The headmaster at … Continue reading The Power of Young People as Changemakers

Trauma’s Transformation to Peacebuilding

By Chris Todd, Communications Officer at Generations For Peace The walls of the tiny cell shook as grenades exploded outside the confines of the local police station where Alpha and his family hid for the better part of two days. It was April 2, 1994. 24 hours earlier, at 6pm on April 1, the small township of Masingbi in the centre of Sierra Leone fell … Continue reading Trauma’s Transformation to Peacebuilding

How ‘Commonplace’ Activities Build Peace

By Sarah Squires, Senior Communications Officer Imagine your life is defined by a before and after. Many of us can relate to this idea. Those of us who have experienced illness, bereavement or a great upheaval can pinpoint a moment when life as we knew it was turned on its head. In the midst of this realisation, a silent voice screams out – things will … Continue reading How ‘Commonplace’ Activities Build Peace

Uganda – “The Pearl of Africa”

By Vignesh Ramachandran, Communications Intern In 2012, Uganda was propelled into the international spotlight following a viral video and online campaign #Kony2012. It called for US intervention and global attention to the war crimes and child soldiers of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Five years later, LRA forces have receded and global attention on Uganda has dissipated. But what has been … Continue reading Uganda – “The Pearl of Africa”

Mercia at the GFPI Forum 2014

Do I Need to Be an Expert to Build Peace?

By Mercia Takavarasha, Programmes Officer at Generations For Peace I have always had a call to give back. But it was not until in 1996 when I began teaching in Mvuma, a small mining town in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe, that my volunteer streak was awakened. The mining community had people from poor economic and social backgrounds. My interaction was with mischievous students who … Continue reading Do I Need to Be an Expert to Build Peace?