URI Great Lakes Cooperation Circles in Uganda Celebrate IDP

17 September 2014, 5:37 AM

In Uganda, five very active Cooperation Circles held a series of events to united their communities for peace.

Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) members joined the national celebrations in Adjumani District of Northern Uganda, while Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Programs (ITERDIP) organized a panel discussion. They walked from the Hindu temple at Nakivubo accompanied by a band with a special performance. The guest of honor was the Vice President of the Republic of Uganda; participants assembled on Sunday at a nearby Hindu temple to commence the day’s activities.

Action For Fundamental Change And Development (AFFCAD) attended a conference organized by UNICEF in Nsambya that discussed youth and peace building. Restoring and Empowering Communities UGANDA (REC) launched the “Learning to Live Together Program” in 30 schools for roughly 250 classrooms for both primary and secondary school students.

Faiths Together Uganda organized a peace drum launch. The event brought together 100 policemen and women to sound the drums for one hour. This event also involved other custodians of peace in the country who played a key role in the preparations for launching the event countrywide. The event happened along the road in Mukono District.

Cooperation Circles Involved

Great Lakes Peace Foundation

"Our purpose: to serve the needs of the most vulnerable - particularly women and children, victims of rape and civil conflict, and the poor - with a specific focus on neglected groups and cases; to empower communities by building capacity and by maximizing local resources in program design and implementation; and to promote self-reliance, peaceful coexistence, and reintegration of marginalized communities with the main focus to bring peace among people in the Great lakes regions reaching to all existing religions."

Faiths Together Uganda

"Our purpose: to promote inter-spiritual values; harmonize the different minority faiths; advocate for respect, transparency, and fairness; and eliminate corrupt and compromised practices that create indifferences among the different faiths in the world. In addition to the above, we promote equal and significant opportunities for all, while encouraging worthwhile participation of different communities as key players in numerous activities and initiatives that have a bearing on their wellbeing as people of faith thus fostering sustainable development."