Friday, March 31, 2006

Establishing AVP in Sudan

In February this year Christoph had the privilege to go to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, where Miriam Kraemer asked him to support her in setting up AVP in Sudan. She had visited Cape Town two years ago and co-facilitated four AVP workshops."It was my first time to visit Sudan and it was an overwhelming feeling for me to be in a country (the largest in Africa!) which is so different from South Africa in many respects: geography; climate; religion (Islam is the dominant religion, at least in the north); ethnicity; political system (human rights don’t have the priority as they have in SA – at least on paper); and of course the longstanding civil war – or rather civil wars.After one year of ground work Miriam had managed to get a number of NGOs in the fields of peace building, development, human rights, street children, gender and prisons interested in AVP. Miriam arranged one Basic, two Advanced and one Train the Trainer Workshop.The participants were coming from different parts of the country. We therefore had diverse groups in terms of gender, religion, ethnicity, culture, language (we were conducting all the workshops in English and Arabic). Once again AVP proved to be very conducive to build relationships among the participants across the divides.In general the participants were very enthusiastic about AVP, eager to apply it with their constituencies. I am immensely grateful for the enriching experience for myself and the part that I could contribute to the establishment of AVP in Sudan."


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