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.
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.