Ndere Island and Lake Nakuru National Park Courses Successfully Completed!

Dear Friends, I wish to report that we successfully ran two peace building courses for student leaders drawn from a total 32 new high school Wildlife Clubs in Western and Rift Valley regions of Kenya. The last course ended on Monday this week in Lake Nakuru National Park and the first one ended a week earlier in Ndere Island National Park in Lake Victoria. We thank our friends who rallied behind us to ensure we had funds for running both June courses on schedule. To finish our two year Pathways To Peace pilot study, we have two more courses scheduled to run next month in Nairobi and Mombasa and finally the National Wilderness Expedition in Loita/Nguruman Hills during August 2011 school break. Please visit our Facebook site janampeacebuilding to see some of the photos taken from the June courses. Thank you all for your continued support and interest in Janam Peace Building program.

Asanteni Sana!

Shikuku

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WCK Pathways To Peace June 2011 course

Friends, We are once again preparing for the Student Leaders Orientation courses for this year. We will move to the town of Kisumu next week to ready for the arrival of participants drawn from high school based Wildlife Clubs in Western, Nyanza and North Rift Valley regions on Friday 3rd June 2011. This first student leaders course will be held in Ndere Island National Park, Lake Victoria. This will be followed in a weeks time by another group of participants selected from Central and South Rift Valley region for a course in Lake Nakuru National Park starting on Friday the 10th June 2011. We thank you all for your continued interest and support. Please visit our website http://www.janampeacebuilding.org <http://www.janampeacebuilding.org> for updates and opportunity to support our Year 2 pilot study programs.

Asanteni Sana!

Shikuku

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WCK Patrons and Education Officers Orientation Course

We had a very fun filled and educative peace building weekend with Teachers and Education Officers drawn from WCK network across the country last weekend. At the end of the course, we were blessed to have Commissioner Lawrence Bomett from National Cohesion and Integration Commission preside over the gradation ceremony in Lake Nakuru National Park. We wish them well in executing the Action Plans they drew for their regions at the end of training. We also look forward to working with the graduants from this course in selecting student leaders from their regions who will participate in this year¹s programme all which will be held in the second term between the months of June and August 2011.

PEACE ALWAYS!

Shikuku

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WCK Teachers and Education Officers Orientation Course – Lake Nakuru National Park

Dear Friends, we are now counting hours before we move to Lake Nakuru National Park to start preparations for the arrival of WCK Patrons and Education Officers selected from across the country for our first peace building course this year. The course starts on Friday the 14th April and ends on Monday the 18th April 2011. The course will in addition give us opportunity to share with participants our vision for student leaders courses for this final year of our pilot project while getting important input from teachers who will be involved in the selection of student participants for our year 2011 programs. Staff from Behaviour Change Consult will join us in Lake Nakuru on Friday to carry out baseline survey, ensuring that benchmarks are set for this new set of participants of our second year of the study. We wish to express our most sincere appreciation to all the donors who continue to stand with us in ensuring that we finish this important pilot study (Pathways To Peace). We also say a big thank you to the board of Friends of Janam Peace Building Foundation for their enduring vision and passion in supporting our mission by continuing to rally financial support for year 2 of our pilot study. Asanteni Sana!

Shikuku

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Janam Peace Building Update

Friends, April is fast approaching and we are looking forward to rolling out Year 2 of Pathways to Peace Pilot project starting with the National Teachers Orientation Expedition in Lake Nakuru N. Park. Please do visit NOLS website to see an article on JPB The spring NOLS Leader article "Shikuku Inspired", page 9: http://www.scribd.com/doc/51541249/NOLS-Leader-Spring-2011. We welcome contributions towards this final year of our Pilot Project Study but especially for the upcoming Teachers Orientation Expedition in Aprill 2011. Check out our website: http://www.janampeacebuilding.org <http://www.janampeacebuilding.org> for links on giving. Thank you for your continued interest and support of Janam.

Peace Always!

Shikuku

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Update

Jambo Everyone!

Last week we had a great meeting in Nairobi with Prof. John Stanback who is overseeing the Independent Monitoring and Evaluation of our pilot program. John was visiting town from North Carolina and wanted an opportunity to review especially our Mid Term (Post Intervention) Report which came out in January 2011. Attending were representatives from Behaviour Change Consult who are the local firm conducting our monitoring and evaluation process as well as representatives of the board of Janam Peace Building Foundation Kenya. It was a great opportunity for all parties in attendance to meet for the first time. Please log on to our website http://www.janampeacebuilding.org to read more about our 2 year Pathways To Peace pilot project. We would like to thank everyone for the support in delivering all the trainings we conducted in year one and look forward to your continued support in the second and final year of the study. Like last year, we plan to start with Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) Patrons and Education Officers’ Orientation Expedition in April during school break. Please stay tuned for updates on this and other courses scheduled for this year.

Peace Always!

Shikuku

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10 day Wilderness Expedition completed!

We have just returned last week from a 10 day wilderness expedition in Loita hills-Nguruman Escarpment of Narok County. We had 16 WCK student leaders 2 WCK staff and one WCK patron as well as 3 JPB staff. We were accompanied by 2 local Maasai Cultural Liasons. We hiked from Entasekera through Neminengio Forest and down to Enkutoto plains covering a distance of almost 60 kms. All participants enjoyed opportunity to visit and learn from the local Maasai friends we encountered and opened their homes for us to visit. At the end of the course our independent Monitoring and Evaluation firm BCC came to conduct a mid term evaluation through interviews with all participants. We were also honored to have the KWS Senior Warden Ewaso Ngiro station Mr. Ole Nashu preside over the graduation ceremony of our candidates at Kims Villa Narok. We thank all those who worked tirelessly to ensure this course ran on schedule especially our donors through Friends of Janam Peace Building Foundation.

Love, Peace and Blessings to all! JPB team.

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Thanksgiving

We have just moved into the town of Narok today and getting ready and excited about meeting our 16 students leaders from all over Kenya and 2 accompanying teachers tomorrow evening. On Sunday we head out to Loita hills for our expedition. Stay tuned for photos and updates when we return on 8th December. Many thanks to the board of Friends of Janam USA and our donors who have come through for us to be able to run this course.

Happy Thanks Giving weekend, Love and Peace to all!

Shikuku

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Preparing for the Wilderness Course in the Nguruman (Nov-Dec)

I recently returned from a visit to Loita Hills/Nguruman, where I had gone to put in place logistical arrangements for the up coming Wilderness Expedition course which we will be running starting from the last week of November when schools close for December holidays. The course will start in Entasekera and end in Enkutoto through the Northern route. This will be the first time that an all Kenyan expedition will be run in the Nguruman. For some reason we never ran any NOEP courses here during NOLS presence so it was very difficult to explain to the local leaders that I will not be having Mzungu/American students or instructors. Otherwise we look forward to sharing this remaining jewel of South Mau Forest with students from a cross the country. Many thanks to those who are working hard to make sure the course runs on schedule in November.

Peace Always! Shikuku

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