Dear Friend,

I am Mark Graham, AFSC’s Director of Communications. While our General Secretary Shan Cretin is traveling to visit AFSC’s programs in Asia, I have the privilege of updating you on our work for peace. 

I want to share a quick announcement about a major event next week and three stories of our community partners. In AFSC’s 95 years of peace work, we have worked with amazing partners worldwide whose work and energy has a ripple effect in their community. By supporting their work addressing injustices and building up self-reliance, AFSC plays a small role in creating the opportunities for lasting peace and justice. This email will share just three of those partners’ stories. 

But first, a quick announcement: As NATO prepares to meet in Chicago next week, AFSC and other peace advocates are hosting a Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, May 18-19. We have scheduled many exciting speakers and workshops on important peace and economic security issues, including NATO. Register online today.

I hope you enjoy the three stories below. These are just a small sample of what we are able to do because of your support.

In Peace,
Mark

Celine Toussaint, Haiti

Celine Toussaint recently graduated from a technical training program co-sponsored by AFSC's Haiti program. She learned to weld, a skill set that will allow her to earn a good income, and provide her community with much needed skilled labor. Watch a video about Celine’s hard work: Watch video

Meas Sokeo, Cambodia

Meas Sokeo once hid his ethnicity and religion. Being Cham and Muslim in Cambodia he is considered an ethnic minority. But he has emerged as a community leader, piloting training programs and curriculum on multi-ethnic identity with the Ministry of Education in Cambodia. Learn More

Moreblessing Gwauya, Zimbabwe

Moreblessing Gwauya, after participating in AFSC’s livelihood restoration program Moreblessing became increasingly committed to bringing change to his community in Zimbabwe. His courageous spirit and action helped prevent evictions by linking those affected with human rights lawyers. Learn More

Join us for our monthly program update call.

Thursday May 17, 6 PM ET

Join AFSC's Africa regional director, Dereje Wordofa, and Africa program director Anna Crumley-Effinger as they discuss their program work across the continent. They will share their stories, obstacles, and highlight successes. We will also get an update from AFSC's Friends Liaison, Lucy Duncan, on the Friends World Gathering recently held in Kenya. Learn more, and listen to recordings of past calls