From degraded land to fertile land

  14 March -   
Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis presented a first-place “Green Award” to a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partner organization in a televised ceremony, Feb. 7.
Participants of the Bread for the World staff training (Pic courtesy WCC)  

EHAIA, an African initiative going beyond Africa

  1 March -   
The Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA) has recently documented the impact it has achieved since 2002. While commemorating its 10th anniversary this year, EHAIA reflects on how churches have become “HIV-competent”, meaning they are well informed about HIV, are welcoming HIV positive people and are fighting against HIV and AIDS in Africa and beyond.
Zipporah Moses working in her shop (pic courtesy MCC)  

Nigerian women knit, stitch to self-sufficiency

  26 February -   
To walk into Zipporah Moses’ tailoring shop is to enter a swirl of color and activity. Sewing machines hum while Moses and several of her helpers cut and baste the vibrantly patterned fabric used in traditional dress. They measure new customers and serve those who are picking up their orders. All within an 8-by-10 foot space on a busy thoroughfare in Jos, Nigeria.
Rev. Dr Nyambura Njoroge (pic courtesy WCC)  

Responding to HIV with faith and courage

  20 January -   
Rev. Dr Nyambura Njoroge is always reminding herself of the daily lives of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Their battle for dignity and enormous resilience keeps inspiring her while she coordinates World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative for Africa (EHAIA).
(pic courtesy MCC)  

Building development by creating peace

  16 January -   
Daily family conflict controlled Jean Paul Hagenimana’s life. Pastor Prosper Muzaliwa was limited by his beliefs that excluded people. Clementine Uwimana was consumed by hatred for the ethnic group responsible for her mother’s death.
(pic courtesy MCC)  

Kenya goat project demonstrates group power

  4 November -   
A goat project among Kenya’s Maasai people is giving birth to more than baby goats. It’s powering to life a cooperative group ethic that is helping 2,000 Maasai families cope with cultural change and ecological challenges.

Ayoko Bahun-Wilson (pic courtesy WCC)  

Mobilizing youth and women to reduce HIV

  26 September -   
Thirteen West African countries. Thousands of youth and women. The numbers are daunting. But Ayoko Bahun-Wilson, West Africa regional coordinator of the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA), is determined to help West African youth become conscious, committed and prepared to fight to reduce the rate of HIV infections.
Charles Klagba (pic courtesy WCC)  

Rethinking theology for HIV response

  21 September -   
For churches in Africa, the Old Testament has historically occupied a prominent place in theological thinking. “Our theology is constructed with the image of God in the Old Testament,” reflects Charles Klagba, theological consultant for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA).
Daniel King lays bricks in Monteiro, Brazil (pic courtesy MCC)  

SALTers learn from people they serve

  15 September -   
Stephen Esaki, 27, dragged himself into his host family’s home in Tete, Mozambique. He was ready to jump onto the couch and kick back after building sand dams all day, but his host sister already had the couch occupied. This familiar situation reminded him of his high school years in Aapaa, Hawaii, when he would come home to find his own sister sprawled on the couch.
(pic courtesy WCC)  

WCC general secretary calls for urgent action in the Horn of Africa

  18 August -   
In comments to staff of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 18 August, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed alarm at the “blocking and hindering of the food supply in famine-struck Somalia, with the effect that more and more people are dying. This interference with humanitarian aid is inhumane and must be strongly condemned.”