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NVC Africa

The aim of this blog is to help everyone find out what trainers are working in Africa, and when.

It is also helpful to provide  information on how follow-up will be organized to help the work persist after the training.

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I offered an intensive course in Benin in April 2017 (9 days, 52 participants) in French (Bénin is French-speaking). It was based on the IIT structure. 25 people were teachers, 22 of them from the same primary school in Cotonou.

 I have photos but don't seem to be able to load them here. If you'd like to see them, please do send me an email so I can send them to you!!

I will be offering a course in Cotonou in November 2017, this time English-speaking for an American school based there.

First call for children – networking from Gitta Zimmermann

First call for children – networking” was the title of my 3rd International workshop for people who work with street children or orphans.

It took place from October 1st to 12th 2012 in Ruhpolding, Germany. 47 Participants from 15 different nations met to learn about NVC and its application in their everyday life. They could choose between sessions for beginners and advanced learners.

Many of the participants were from Africa: Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia. The workshop was led by 5 trainers, in the structure of an IIT, dense and intensive. The workshop was filmed partly; the video can be seen by writing to my mail address. One of my aims for the workshop was that some of the participants of the workshop in 2010 brought along two companions; so that back home they can now start a group for mutual support.

After I got the information about corporal punishment in many African schools, I had the idea to arrange a visit in the Waldorf School in Prien at least for the teachers. So a delegation of 20 people visited and took home many observations which they want to implement in their own schools.

One of these observations was that the class teacher stays with the same class from grade one to eight. Trust can be developed between teacher and students during this time together. Mumby from Kenia reported that after introducing NVC to her teachers and parents, the students came back to school, and wanted to go on learning. Children are seen and matter. Before her NVC experience the classrooms were almost empty.

A further intention of this workshop was to connect people from different nations who have one thing in common: working with children on streets. I believe this aim was met when I saw all the different cultural people playing, singing and celebrating together, and exchanging their challenges they face at home, even in empathy groups. 

In order to support self-employment for some of the poor youth people, we integrated the topic microcredits and talked about those projects which work already in Africa.

For Example: Ken from Nairobi, Kenia bought with his companions a donkey and tools to build a little car. Now they transport in it water to some of the villagers. In the same time he became “infected” by NVC through the workshop in 2010 and now they start to talk with community leaders about their position in the village. They do not want to be seen any longer as the “criminals”, they got self-esteem and know their value and want to be seen in their desires.

Another intention was to offer this workshop to people who work in organizations and can spread NVC in their own institutions. For example, Lucia from Myanmar works in a monastery with 7000 children. And now she wants to start NVC in this institution.

The next workshop is planned for 2014. My aim for this workshop is to invite more children. Within the next two years a lot of participants will try to get the passports and visa ready for the children they are working with.

For me, this workshop was a major highlight after almost two years of preparation. My desire to support children to matter, to spread NVC like a gliding snowball and to do meaningful work is very much fulfilled. I sincerely thank all those who supported me/this cause/the workshop in any way.  Gitta Zimmermann

My website will serve as a platform for further exchange: www.drgz.de

Gitta Zimmermann

NVC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for FOUR WEEKS

I'm in process of preparing an Impact Report for Gitta Zimmermann, who envisioned and initiated this training and who raised the funding necessary, which included 6 trainers and four weeks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I have arrived home only yesterday and will blog about it soon. We reached about 400 people, with about 90 of them coming to class Monday-Friday for three hours a day (total each of over 30 hours of training). We have an email list of both class participants and those who attended intros. 100% of class participants want to continue to learn and practice. Work will continue with our host Bekele Debalke, Director of NGO "Support Street Children & Mothers" for on-going support and to plan for next year. We have established an NVC Research and Lending Library at his center, and begin on-going mentoring and support as soon as possible. We contributed money to set up high speed internet at the Center to assist us in connecting and to assist Bekele in continuing to outreach and network with others in Addis. I'll be posting photos (we have Hundreds!) on the facebook page "Nonviolent Communication in Ethiopia". Eager to see what will happen with the survey re Nonviolent Communication work in Africa that Irmtraud sent out...wanting to network with others working in Africa. I'm posting photos to the Facebook Page this week... Trainers that participated are Jean-Baptiste Ndikuriyo, Gitta Zimmerman, Adam Michaelides, Joseph B. Bazirake (Joe) , Samuel Korallus and Mair Alight. Dunia did not come. We prepared a two-page resource/connections document for them to use for on-going support. The "Jackal Cafe and Another Way" I offered was appreciated for the learning and clarity it offered of Violent and Nonviolent Communication. I'm working on getting a copy of my NVC children's coloring book "Compassionate Underwear (Bear)" to the person who was translating for me so that he can translate it into Amharic, and hopefully print it there.

Mair Alight

 

NVC Connections in Africa/Ethiopia

I've created a Facebook Page "Nonviolent Communication in Ethiopia" and the url is Facebook.com/EthiopiaNVC. I plan to blog with photos and videos while we teamteach there for 4 weeks Jan 16-Feb 11 2012. I invite people to visit and comment on the page. Is there a way to share the facebook blogposts on cnvc website? Or are there other suggestions for info on this website? Where to post and how? Especially photos and videos? Thank you!

Mair Alight

 

Ethiopia NVC 9 teachers from 6 countries for 4 weeks

Greetings Dear Ones!

I'm writing to let you know about 'Nonviolent Communication in Ethiopia '...

We're asking for your support to help make this project happen - 4 weeks of trainings with an international team of 9 people from 6 countries. We plan to share in English, French and German with the help of local translators.

These trainings are being provided free of charge to the participants.

When you make a comment, share with your friends and/or make a donation (it's easy with PayPal) of one dollar or more, it lets us know you care and
encourages us to continue. We invite you to share with family and friends the upcoming NVC Ethiopia project and ask them to share in the joy of giving to the street children of Addis Ababa and the people who work with them, who are bringing them hope and the practical steps to a new life!

THANK YOU for your support!

You can help with a financial contribution, either by PayPal or credit card.

If you would like to contribute, but funds are an issue, you can donate now via PayPal with six months interest free before you are charged, while the project would receive the funds when you donate. (see PayPal site to verify.)

If you would like to send a check directly to our fiscal agent, Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization), they will handle as designated funds. Just indicate "Ethiopia NVC" in the memo line:

Bay Area Nonviolent Communication
55 Santa Clara Avenue #203
Oakland, CA 94610

If you would like to call and use your credit card over the phone, call
Bay Area Nonviolent Communication CFO Carol Bade 510-433-0700 ext. 215

Thank You!

Members of the team:

Mair Alight & Adam Michaelides (USA), Besigye Joseph (Joe) Bazirake (Uganda), Bekele Debalke(Ethiopia) , Hans Hartung, Sam Korallus, & Gitta Zimmerman(Germany), Jean-Baptiste Ndikuriyo (Burundi), Dunia Hategekimana (UK)

Peace, Love and Laughter Lighting the world for All of us!

Mair Alight

 

Crowd Fund Raising for NVC Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Jan/Feb 2012

Here is a link to our indiegogo.com Nonviolent Communication in Ethiopia fundraising campaign. Request that those who view comment, share through your friends and communities and online, and contribute your ideas and suggestions and photos. Thank you for your support. http://www.indiegogo.com/EthiopiaNVC?a=70005&i=addr Thank you, Ray for suggesting this blog.

Mair Alight

 

Crowd Fund Raising for NVC Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Jan/Feb 2012

Here is a link to our indiegogo.com Nonviolent Communication in Ethiopia fundraising campaign. Request that those who view comment, share through your friends and communities and online, and contribute your ideas and suggestions and photos. Thank you for your support. http://www.indiegogo.com/EthiopiaNVC?a=70005&i=addr Thank you, Ray for suggesting this blog.

Mair Alight

 

Training in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Team of ten trainers from seven countries will be teaching NVC in Addis Ababa Ethiopia from January 16 2012 until February 10 2012 in English, French and German, with translators. Very interested in connecting with others who have been teaching in various African countries, wanting support with experiences, advice and whatever you would like to share. I have just listed the training on this cnvc website. Would love to connect with organizations and individuals in Addis Ababa who would like to bring NVC to their business, families and friends. Would love to have support with fundraising for this project. Our vision is to have on-going mentoring, further training, a research/lending library established and to connect with others for continuing and expanding NVC within the African countries.

Mair Alight

 

Training in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Team of ten trainers from seven countries will be teaching NVC in Addis Ababa Ethiopia from January 16 2012 until February 10 2012 in English, French and German, with translators. Very interested in connecting with others who have been teaching in various African countries, wanting support with experiences, advice and whatever you would like to share. I have just listed the training on this cnvc website. Would love to connect with organizations and individuals in Addis Ababa who would like to bring NVC to their business, families and friends. Would love to have support with fundraising for this project. Our vision is to have on-going mentoring, further training, a research/lending library established and to connect with others for continuing and expanding NVC within the African countries.

Mair Alight

 

Dunia in Rwanda. Ray back from Sierra Leone. Louise to Senegal

By far the most experienced NVC trainer in Africa is Dunia - he is currently doing a lot of work in Rwanda. Ray from the U is just back from 2 weeks in Senegal. Louise Romain is going to Senegal in December. There is active work in Liberia (contact: Ray Taylor) The francophone network is supporting trainers in DRC Congo and other countries.

How can we help?

If you have comments or suggestions about how CNVC can better support Africa, please comment here. Warmly, Pan Vera Web Master

C'est super!

Je suis ravi que Pan a creé cet blog. J'espère qu'il servera pour partager infos concernant formateurs et formations en Afrique. Ray Taylor

nvcAfrica support

I very much appreciate this approach, I think this will support to spread NVC in Africa more efficiently. With care Irmtraud
Irmtraud Kauschat, certified trainer with CNVC

thanks!

thanks Irmtraud for your love for africa was just wondering if their is an african approach to nvc.most africans still value culture and tradition.so what is the approach?
WER

NVC and African culture and tradition

Thank you, Wynne, for your appreciation and for your question about an African approach to NVC. In principle all of us are human beings with the same needs. At the same time in different cultures we have developed different strategies to meet these needs. Some strategies may seem strange when we first get to know them. For example in India a few generations ago widows have been burnt because nobody was there to care for them any more, the family didn't care for her, with one tribe in Kenya the widow will be/used to be married by the brother of the late husband to be cared for and in some parts in Europe she will receive social welfare from the state if she has no job. So these are strategies/traditions to meet the need of a community for sustainability in my interpretation. I value the strategies/traditions African communities developed to assure their survival. At the same time I guess there are no African tradtitions as such, there are so many different peoples in so different climate zones to which they adapted that they developed different traditions. Then there are traditions I don't want to accept like female genital cutting, and still then I would like to find out about the needs behind having this tradition in place still today and to develop different strategies to meet these needs with these people - if I would get to work with them. I would like to work on creating (training) material that includes experiences - for the time being - of Kenyans, because that is where I work right now. I wonder if this answers your question?
Irmtraud Kauschat, certified trainer with CNVC

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