News & Events
SDGS Action Film Festival 2019
We are excited to announce that GSN’s short film Kumekucha: It’s a New Dawn, won the SDGs in Action Film Award, in the “Building Peace” category.
This is a short documentary which features Mama Zuria, a program participant and facilitator from Majengo, Nairobi. The film highlights her remarkable transformation and leadership.
We were selected as one of 6 groups to screen the film in NYC at the HLPF in July next month at the UN.
Launch of Trauma-Informed Initiative for the National Police Service - Kenya
The end of March marked a big milestone and beginning for us!
Green String Network is proud to support the Kenyan National Police Service in developing a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive initiative for its officers.
“Being a part of this healing initiative is AMAZING. We often talk about how as peacebuilders we can work with the security sector... but to be a part of the healing processes I think will impact the lives of police and their families and civilians in my new home, Kenya, for generations to come!” - Angi Yoder-Maina
The Green String Network attended the launching of content development for trauma-informed for Wellbeing and Resilience with the National Police Service on March 26, 2019
"We have been afflicted by stress and trauma and we want to move away from the pretense that we are hardened and therefore we are fine. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. We will start simple and small but grow into something huge.” - Those are paraphrased words from the Director of Reforms Bwana Jasper Nyauma at Sarova Stanley
We will remember this week for a long time, as we support the new reforms agenda of the Kenyan National Police Services to begin the process of becoming a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive institution.
#traumainformed #wellbeingandresilience #peacebuilding
A powerful new short video about our work!
Kumekucha - Stones
Mama Zuria is a community leader in Majengo. She is a victim of losing her children to brutal police extrajudicial killings and violent extremism. GSN's Kumekucha program in Majengo has helped her to forgive and continue to heal.
What trauma-informed practice looks at the community level
“My son along with other youths from the community were given religious preaching and counseling by a radical imam. At first, I was happy. His prayers were on time and he attended the mosque preaching every day. Then I started to notice a change in my son’s behavior. He was withdrawn and he became extremely disrespectful. He was angry all the time.
I was informed by community members that my son traveled to Somalia. I did not hear anything about my son for 2 years. It was a very painful period as he also left behind a wife and two daughters. I suffered as the Anti-terror unit would storm my house, they arrested me on various occasion to ask me questions about my son. I was informed my son escaped from Somalia, surrendered to the Kenya Defense Force (KDF) and was taken interrogation. My son was released after one year in custody and was warned to never return to Majengo.
The imam was very angry my son escaped and surrendered to the Kenyan Government. He feared the group’s “highly classified” information was now out in the open. They declared my son a traitor and that he should die a torturous death. One fateful day, my son was at a barbershop in Majengo. Two men approached him; one pointed a gun at his head. He was shot and killed on spot. The community said the imam sent people to kill him, and the imam has been in hiding ever since. I will never forget that day.
The social healing Kumekucha sessions have supported me to speak about my pain and trauma without fear of stigmatization."
#TowardsaTraumaInformedPractice #healing #traumainformedkenya2019 #Kumekucha #Majengo
We are trilled to share these fantastic News with you!
Our very own Tecla Namachanja Wanja - Chair of the Board
“It is my delight to inform you that you have been selected as CJP's 2019 Peacebuilder of the Year. Congratulations! This award is given annually to a CJP alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to CJP's mission of supporting conflict transformation, restorative justice, trauma healing, development, organizational leadership, and peacebuilding efforts at all levels of society.
CJP's alumni task force selected you for this award, Tecla, because of your broad diversity of peacebuilding work across the past three decades -- from grassroots work with refugees to your prominent leadership role with Kenya's Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. We were also impressed by your trauma-informed leadership of Green String Network and its new social healing and reconciliation program, Kumekucha. Finally, we believe you model what we hope for in all CJP graduates -- taking time to mentor young peacebuilders like CJP's recent WPLP graduates, and networking with other CJP alumni to increase the impact of peacebuilding work. And you have accomplished all of this while completing a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Truly impressive!
The Peacebuilder of the Year award is typically presented at a SPI Horizons Luncheon. Assuming that you accept this award, we will need to work out a date that works best for you. You will also be awarded a full scholarship to take one SPI class for training, along with transportation, housing and meals.
Again, congratulations, Tecla! We are inspired by your work and want to publicly acknowledge its importance.
J. Daryl Byler
Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
Eastern Mennonite University
The Kumekucha project was selected as one of the top 10 winning projects from the Paris Peace Forum. Very excited and honored!
Looking forward to collaborating!
Our Thanks also go out to:
Hon. Ali Hassan Joho
County Government Of Mombasa
SambaSports Youth Agenda
U.S. Embassy Nairobi
Remember, #standforpeace #ParisPeaceForum
One more day at the Paris Peace Forum 11-13 Nov
Last day of Kumekucha at the Paris Peace Forum! Here is Kaltuma yesterday explaining the Kumekucha program in the pitch session. She is explaining how social healing is fundamental to stability, peace and governance.
#StandforPeace #KumekuchaMombsa #ResourceforPeace #countygovernmentofmombasa
Proud moments from the Paris Peace Forum! Nov 11-13 2018
CVE Director of Mombasa County Munira Hamisi and our Executive Director Angi Maina sharing on the importance of healing our collective trauma. Mombasa County was the first County to localize and adapt the National Countering Violent Extremism Action Plan.
GSN knew the importance of partnering with the Mombasa County Government to build a collaborative framework to transform violence in Mombasa County for a brighter future with our President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ambassador Martin Kimani and Governor Joho.
#Kenya #Mombasacounty #parispeaceforum #standforpeace
Introducing Juma Salim: oct 2018
Green String Network is proud of Juma Salim.
Salim has been identified and honored as a 2018 Head of State Commendation for his exemplary services in Peace Building and P/CVE work in Nairobi.
He was presented with the 2018 Shujaa (Hero) Award at the Kenya national Mashujaa Day Celebrations this past weekend, which was presided over by his Excellency President of Kenya Honorable Uhuru Kenyatta.
Salim is also the Kumekucha Community Coordinator in Magenjo, Nairobi.
‘Kumekucha - It’s a new Dawn, at the @ParisPeaceForum! Nov 11-13 2018
We are extremely excited and so proud to announce that we have been selected to present our project ‘Kumekucha - It’s a new Dawn, at the @ParisPeaceForum!
We’ll be joining other governance leaders, civil society representatives and NGOs in creating pathways towards a peaceful and sustainable future!
Peace & Security - Our theme:
Our project Kumekucha - It's a new Dawn, aims to tackle 'countering violent extremism (CVE) intervention'. #PeaceandSecurity cannot be reached if we don’t use our individual potential for #worldpeacecollective responsibility.