post-genocidal communities rebuilding

by tobybee

A few weeks ago David Mwambari came and gave a guest lecture at La Trobe uni for the subject I tutor for (Genocide and Holocaust Studies). Mwambari is from Rwanda, has spent a lot of time living and studying in Kenya, and is currently doing a MA in pan-African studies at Syracuse University in the US. We were all moved and inspired listening to him – not just because of the stories which he told us, but also for the ways in which he told us the stories. Mwambari is part of a transnational group of people who have started up an organisation named ‘Sanejo’. The name Sanejo comes from two shortened Kinyarwandan words: Sana comes from the verb gusana meaning to rebuild, and ejo means tomorrow.

The mission of Sanejo is

to support communities transiting from war to peace or facing abject poverty, through the promotion of education. This is accomplished by working with local communities to reconstruct and expand schools in order to ensure that all children have a happy and safe place to learn. Through local and international partnerships; connecting donors with grassroots organizations, Sanejo aims to create sustainable relationships that will support fragile post-conflict societies. Through this framework, project partnerships will help promote education, health and understanding by working from the ground up.

The Sanejo team is comprised of a distinguished group of young men and women from diverse backgrounds. All members are passionate travelers, having lived and worked in countries all over the world. They bring their wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the work of Sanejo, and as “life learners” are motivated to build a better future for tomorrow’s generation.

I this is a pretty great organisation for the ways that it brings together people from all over the world to work together. And for the priority which it places on education: having experienced the ability of education to open my mind to different ideas and to challenge the ways I think about the world and the power structures therein, I think that education can be an important force for change. So check out their website, or look them up on facebook, and support them if you can…