Papa Emma, Nakivale Refuge Camp Peace and Youth Transformation Project

Papa_EmmaPapa Emma, a survivor of civil violence in the Congo and previous resident of Nakivale Refuge Camp, is hosting a one-year Peace and Youth Transformation Project aimed at strengthening and empowering women and youth. Papa’s knowledge and experience in peace-building initiatives began with peace and conflict resolution seminars in the refugee camp. Since then, he has had the opportunity to represent his community and country in several countries, eventually ending up in Thailand where he trained as a monk and learned how to use meditation as an approach to creating world peace through achieving inner peace.

With the support of the Counseling Department of the Mbarara University Teaching Hospital, the Nakivale Refuge Camp Peace and Youth Transformation Project will involve seminars, peer support groups and ongoing outreach after the completion of the project. As he works tirelessly to bring these survivors through their trauma, he reflects, “I have lived through these traumas and continue to struggle in many ways, I have found a peace that allows me to keep going. I want to share this

[peace] with those still in the camps”.

Funds from The Pollination Project will be used for technical support and program materials. To keep up with the latest news on the Nakivale Refuge Camp Peace and Youth Transformation Project, follow them on Facebook.

GRANT AWARD DATE:  JANUARY 11, 2014