As part of his training at Grampari, Victor Nyanhete, an Initiatives of Change / Moral Re-Armament Zimbabwe youth programme coordinator, was introduced to the Tippy Tap, a hands-free way to wash hands that is especially appropriate for areas where water is scarce. Victor knew this was an idea that was needed in his home country, Zimbabwe, where a decade-long water and sanitation crisis has plagued the nation.
Seventeen young people participated in an Initiatives of Change camp that took place in the idyllic town of Heidelberg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa from 5 to 10 December. The theme of this fourth annual IofC camp was ‘Change in Progress’ and sought to inspire a committed network of youth to make positive changes in their behaviours, relationships, and communities.
Michigan State University bestowed upon Rajmohan Gandhi an honorary humanities doctorate in East Lansing, Michigan on 17 December 2016. Professor Rajmohan Gandhi works closely with Initiatives of Change and served as President from 2009-2010. He lectured as a Hannah Distinguished Visiting Professor at Michigan State University during the fall semester and was awarded during the university’s commencement ceremonies.
An opportunity for a person who would like to make a contribution to an international network that is seeking to build trust between people, communities and nations, to strengthen ethical leadership, and action for sustainable living based on changes in behaviour and motives.
Initiatives of Change (IofC) International is seeking to hire a new Communications Manager. This position needs someone who combines a commitment to IofC, a deep connection to the network and a strong ability to communicate to internal and external audiences.
Twenty-five ex-combatants, called 'Fighters for Peace', from differing factions, Muslim and Christian, are aiming to help younger Lebanese ‘to realize what we realized too late – that in a civil war everyone loses’. They speak frequently in schools, universities and public forums.
Mike Muikia, who met IofC 10 years ago, has started an online weekly reality TV show 'State of Society', where he interviews very ordinary people who are doing amazing work and changing lives. Joe Karanja, an active Initiatives of Change (IofC) member and lawyer from Kenya, shares his story in the following episode, explaining his involvement in IofC and the impact he's created.
The second NE dialogue The Future We Want took place 11 to 14 November 2016 in the Siloam region near Shillong, Meghalaya. The dialogue brought together participants from Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Maharashtra, and Kerala. They all collaborated, discussed, and proposed ways in which they could strive for a brighter tomorrow.
A 16-page report on the Caux conference on Just Governance for Human Security, held in July 2016, is now available. The conference brought together 230 people from 52 countries who are working to advance human security in their region.
On 5 December 2016, Initiatives of Change International (IofC International) was granted Observer Status to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council along with 17 other non-government organizations at the 107th Council organized by IOM in Geneva, Switzerland. The event, which marked the 65th year of IOM’s establishment, was the first Council since the IOM officially became a Related Organization to the United Nations in July 2016.