Over the last three years, Keith Neal, a long-standing volunteer with IofC, has been supporting the charity SolarAid in its bid to eliminate the kerosene lamp from Africa by the year 2020. Keith has been working closely with Joseph Karanja, a member of IofC Kenya, who has pioneered the use of portable solar lights as peace-building tools. Keith first heard about SolarAid through a BBC Radio 4 Appeal. He was invited by the charity to write a blog about his response to the Appeal.
'24 heures', a Swiss local paper, has written about the 70th anniversary celebrations of Caux, the Initiatives of Change international conference centre in Switzerland. The anniversary celebrations have kicked off with a photo exhibition that reveals some extraordinary stories.
The Independent, UK, has carried a substantial obituary of the playwright Hugh Steadman Williams on its website. He died on New Year's Eve aged 80, having suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. The obituary includes an introductory evaluation of his role in East Africa, written by Daisy Fletcher who is on the paper's Conservation and Africa desk.
Joseph Karanja, who is using the solar light as a symbol of hope, has had a guest blog published on the SolarAid website, which describes Joseph as 'a solar superstar. He's using SunnyMoney solar lights as a symbol of peace between communities in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya.'
The Independent published an obituary, written by Michael Henderson, of the American bomber pilot James McLaughry, who flew 21 Second World War combat missions from an 8th Air Force base in East Anglia. He found his 22nd mission, he said, in a postwar commitment to the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) movement (later known as Initiatives of Change).
The Times of India published a blog about Creators of Peace (CoP) by Youdon Aukatsang on 25 August 2015. Youdon first encountered CoP whilst attending an International Dialogue on Just Governance at Asia Plateau in February.
The second episode of 'Belief,' to be aired by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) on 19 October, features a segment on Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye. Entitled, 'Love's story', it takes the viewer on 'a journey around the world in search of what it means to love one another'. The episode ends with the story of 'two leaders in Nigeria who... come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies'.