Shalom works with communities in eastern Africa to promote peace, truth, justice, mercy and reconciliation. By identifying key decision makers and leaders, and conducting empirical research among local communities into the causes of violence, we help to tear down the prejudices and obstacles to ensure long term peace. Because real peace is not the mere absence of war, Shalom also promotes the construction and development of interethnic schools, medical facilities, water and solar projects in the communities we serve.
Last fall, Shalom’s founder and executive director was honored with the International Caring Award. Father Patrick Devine from County Roscommon received the award for his 25 years of missionary work in eastern Africa.Other inductees to the Caring Hall of Fame include Mother Teresa, Senator George Mitchell, former US President Jimmy Carter, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Said Fr. Devine: “This award helps to highlight how conflict resolution can be achieved at a grass roots level by getting people to develop their own analytical skills and embrace social and economic development by understanding the fundamentals of what true peace and reconciliation are. I sincerely hope that this award helps to amplify the work of SCCRR so that it can be rolled out across the Africa.”