The final stop on Arlene Kelly’s trip to Africa was a day and a half with the Burundi team of the AFSC. In a few short hours a whirlwind of meetings took place with Burundian civil society partners of AFSC-Burundi, with a couple UN offices, government ministries, international partners and Friends (Quaker) partner organizations in Burundi.
Arlene Kelly, dressed in Mozambique friendship outfit shaking hands with Ana Chapo, chair of Board of new local organization OCODEMA in Manica, Mozambique. More photos from Africa trip.
For ten days Arlene Kelly, AFSC Board Clerk joined Africa Regional Director Dereje Wordofa on a trip to learn about AFSC programs in Kenya, Somalia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Burundi. They visited 4 countries in 10 days with 6 flights, 2 cross border car trips and countless memories, connections and conversations.
On 18 September 2010 Arlene Kelly, AFSC Board clerk officially handed over the AFSC's Mozambique Integrated Rural Development Program (MIRDP) to OCODEMA (Manica Community Development Organisation) in a public function held in Manica town. The handover was attended by Dereje Wordofa, AFSC Africa Regional Director, community members, government officials, NGOs and local media. The event marked the culmination of a weeklong series of celebrations that took place in AFSC's partnering communities.
Arlene Kelly, AFSC Board Clerk shakes hands with Ana Chapo, OCODEMA board chairperson as a signing ceremony during the handover of AFSC-Mozambique development program to OCODEMA, a new local organization. View Slideshow
The handover in Manica was celebrated through song and dance, exhibitions by groups and AFSC recounting its history in Mozambique through photos and artwork displays ranging as far as 1986. AFSC issued certificates of appreciation to outstanding community leaders and community based organizations (CBOs). This was followed by speeches by Ana Chapo, OCODEMA board chairperson and Arlene Kelly, AFSC Board Clerk before the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Patrick Otipa, outgoing AFSC-Mozambique Program Director (left) and Justice Duri, the new OCODEMA director approach each other to ceremonially handover the Mozambique development work as Dereje Wordofa, Arlene Kelly, and Ana Chapo look on. View Slideshow
AFSC Board Clerk joins dignitaries at festive event in Manica town.
Group photo of AFSC meeting with Quaker partners and organizations at Friends International Center in Nairobi.
The AFSC-Africa program was excited to host Arlene Kelly, Clerk of the Board of AFSC for 10 days. Her visit included time with the AFSC staff and partners in five countries and community members in areas where AFSC works.
Anita participated in a series of workshops by AFSC-Burundi partner, Friends Women's Association. The trainings looked at a holistic approach to rebuilding lives after conflict: trauma healing, conflict mediation, support groups and income generation.
Empowering women through a holistic approach to healing is part of a series of workshops by AFSC-Burundi partner, Friends Women's Association. Read Anita's story.
In front of the AFSC office, staff stand in new OCODEMA t-shirts. From left: Nelson Fernando, Reuben Chacanha, Justice Duri, Rui Chadzinga, Leocadia Rutsvara, Benedito Filipe Rocha, Rebecca Gerente, Pauline Candiero, Ana Mlambo, Caiado Rodriquez and Patrick Otipa, AFSC Program Director in front. (Not pictured Rosa Manuel and Succeed Tsvanhu).
Those quoted are Justice Duri (3rd from left), Leocadia (5th from left) and Ana Mlambo (2nd from right).
Arlene Kelly, Clerk of the Board will visit four African countries, meeting with AFSC staff, partners and communities in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Burundi.
The General Assembly of OCODEMA has its annual meeting.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 10:00am
AFSC-Africa staff and AFSC Board Chair, Arlene Kelly will be present at the handover of the AFSC-Mozambique Development Program to a new local organization formed by the AFSC, OCODEMA (Manica Community Development Organization). Community leaders and members from the four main communities will join political, civil society and other leaders in the celebration of more than 30 years of committed work by the AFSC in Mozambique and the future of this exciting, new local development organization.
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