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From Gardener to Graduate PDF Print E-mail
Joy is one of our International College Scholars Program students, currently studying in the U.S. She was first introduced to IPI in 2011 when she began working as a gardener on-site at IPI-Kenya. She has an amazing story to share about how you, our supporters, have helped her achieve her dreams of receiving a college education, and returning to Kenya to reinvest in her community. Here is her story:

I am thrilled to be one the undergraduate students at the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC). Firstly, I would like to greatly thank International Peace Initiatives for the unswerving support along the way. Quality higher education is something I always longed for, although sometimes it seemed to be beyond reach, IPI through the College Scholars Program made my dream a reality. I am humbled and grateful to be one of the ICSP beneficiaries. ICSP has offered timely and constant financial support by paying my education costs, so my studies run smoothly. In addition, through IPI I am able to understand my community's needs and ways to approach some of the situations that my community faces. I hope that by sharing my education journey some people will be encouraged to discover their potential and attain their goals in life.

To begin with, I would like to share a little bit about my life. My sister and I were raised by my mum after our dad's demise in 1998. My mum has always been a strong person who values education very much and she would do anything to make sure we go to school. Unfortunately, a few months before I joined high school, my mum started suffering from asthma and allergic infections which limited her ability to provide for us. This was a huge blow not only to the family but also to my pursuit of quality education. At that time, I felt that my dreams were threatened, but little did I know that it was the beginning of a transformation that would shape my life in a positive way.

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2017 Kenya Elections in the News PDF Print E-mail
The upcoming general elections taking place in Kenya on August 8 represent a potentially seminal moment in the country's history.

International Peace Initiatives has always provided peace programs in Kenya and has worked with local grassroots organizations as well. The upcoming Kenya elections in August have impacted the most vulnerable Kenyans. As in past elections, IPI continues to provide training programs to help facilitate peace and a better future for Kenya. This year we have been hosting workshops to prepare participants to become leaders who affect change in their families, schools, communities and the country.

The election brief below is written by IPI Board Member Jeffrey Smith.

Kenya is arguably East Africa's most important country given its vital economic and political importance, as well as its position as a maturing democracy relative to the hardening autocracies that populate the East and Horn of Africa. What is more, the specter of the violent 2007 elections and its aftermath -- which resulted in over 1,000 deaths and brought along with it International Criminal Court indictments against the current president and vice president -- remain at the forefront of many minds. Reports of an uptick of violence and the prevailing 'zero sum political mentality' of leading politicians have Kenyan citizens on edge.

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IPI-US Summer 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail
Each of you has had a role in growing International Peace Initiatives (IPI) and we are grateful for your support and interest. Whether you give generously of your time, your money, your encouragement or prayers, we consider you part of the IPI family and we thank you. We have exciting projects both in the planning process and currently underway and you can read about some of them in this newsletter. It is our mission to invest in the future of those in Kenya and our ability to render change is made possible through your continuous support.

In this latest edition of our newsletter, you can read updates about new board members in both Kenya and the U.S.; the newest class of students in our hairdressing and beauty training program; the Global Youth Peace Summit that was held at our very own Tiriji Eco Center, and you also have the opportunity to read about Evans, one of IPI's College Scholars who recorded a video about his experience at the Kithoka Amani Children's Home.

We also encourage you to share your email address with us so you can quickly hear about all of the exciting news happening with IPI in Meru, Kenya! Simply send an email to the IPI staff, Cara Hoevet at cara.hoevet@ipeacei.org to join our mailing list. Click Here to read our latest newsletter.

 
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