Visit from Irish
Delegation in Tuum,
communities with various
Peacebuilding skills and
Ending the Cycle of
Violence and War
Why it Matters and How We Help in Eastern Africa
Peace Comes to
Democracy Versus Violence Ahead of the 2013 Kenyan Elections
Between the Two
in Northern Kenya
In just six years, the Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation has trained nearly 6,000 community leaders and village elders as peacemakers. Through our school projects, we have upgraded, built, expanded or electrified 124 schools. All told, Shalom’s programs have empowered more than 30,000 peace-builders along the path to peace for their communities. This short video tells our story.
Shalom was founded in 2009 by Fr. Patrick Devine, SMA, a social entrepreneur and missionary priest with 25 years of experience helping to mitigate conflict and poverty in Africa. Fr. Devine serves as the organization’s executive director, leading an international team of conflict resolution experts from various religious backgrounds and disciplines who are based in Kenya and neighboring countries. In 2013, he was honored with the International Caring Award, whose previous recipients include the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton, and Mother Teresa. This is his inspiring story.
The Irish Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade writes about his visit to northern Kenya and experience with Shalom. Read it here [PDF].
Shalom works with communities in eastern Africa to promote peace, truth, justice, mercy and reconciliation. We work with tribal and community leaders in peace workshops and training in both rural and urban settings. And we help to build, renovate and bring solar power and crucial supplies to schools. Because real peace is not the mere absence of war, Shalom’s model crosses generations and builds communities.