One of the women who spoke so eloquently at the Kapedo community meeting yesterday came to see us for a few minutes this morning, to send us off, and to let us know about the discussion of the committee after we left. Her name is Everlyne. She tells us that the committee were deeply touched by our presence there yesterday. They had a good discussion and made some important decisions about their priorities. They are in agreement that the shelter for orphans is priority number one. The committee even decided on a name: the Amani Center, or the Amani Center for Peace. The focus of the shelter would be to provide a home for orphans, and to shape their education so that they can become agents for peace within their communities.
We talk about where it should be located, and we are looking at a couple of options. We will choose the most vulnerable of the children. We are in agreement that the Pokot children should have access to the shelter as well. That’s why we need a neutral place.
Everlyne has the same passion in her voice as she speaks to us this morning. She is cautious about the process. She is skeptical about the motives of some, particularly politicians. She feels they may have an agenda. Jacob, too, is dubious at times and feels we must guard against those who may wish to interrupt the peace process for their own purposes. There is profit to be made in conflict. For some, it is good for business.
In spite of this, Everlyne is committed to peace. She is hopeful because of our visit. We talk about forming a website. She is willing to tell her story.