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FLEAT member feature: Celestine Otieno

Ms Celestine Otieno was one of the participants in our Faith Leader’ Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) in Kenya in 2018. Celestine was referred to the training by the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) where she worked as an intern.  Her story:  “The Green Youth Mentorship (GYM) Program, under the Umbrella of Kenya Interfaith Network for Environmental Action (KINEA) and Coordinated by Miss Celestine Otieno, is one of the proactive faith-based...

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FLEAT member feature: Nomonde Scoble  

Nomonde Scoble has been a SAFCEI friend, member and supporter for as long as we can remember. She represents the Quaker community of Southern Africa. In 2017, Nomonde felt the need to learn from others and share her experiences when she applied to the Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT 2) regional group 2 programme. Of course, we had to select Nomonde to become part of the group as she brings such a vibrant and humorous and caring personality to the group as well as a mountain...

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FLEAT member feature: Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe

 Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe has been a member of the Kenya Faith Leader Environment Advocacy Training (FLEAT Mombasa) group since May 2018. Bishop Joseph represents the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega, Kenya and has been quite an inspiration to the group.  Bishop Joseph writes: “In the last one and half years, I launched a very successful School-based environment programme to encourage children and young people to plant trees in their school compounds. We have started our own indigenous tree...

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FLEAT member feature: Lawrence Tsoru

Youth, Food Security and Sustainable livelihood project   Lawrence Tsoru is a Zimbabwe Faith Leader Environment Advocacy Training (FLEAT Zimbabwe) member representing the Muslim faith and Fatima Zahra Woman’s Organisation in Harare. Lawrence has been an active member of the FLEAT programme since 2018.  Lawrence writes: “ As the interim coordinator for, Fatima Zahra Women’s Organisation, we have been engaged in food security and sustainable livelihood support for the youth. The...

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FLEAT member feature: Ngonidzashe Edward

By Zainab Adams, FLEAT Coordinator   Mr. Ngonidzashe Edward is one of our Faith Leader Environment Advocacy Training regional group 2 (FLEAT 2) members based in Harare, Zimbabwe. His vast academic background includes Philosophy, Humanities, Theology and Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Ngoni has a passion for working with youth and has been involved with well-established youth organisations such as the Catholic Youth Network on Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA)...

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FLEAT member feature: Soraya Salie

  By Zainab Adams, FLEAT Coordinator   Mrs. Soraya Salie has been a member of our South African Faith Leader Environment Advocacy Training (FLEAT SA) group since 2019, representing the Muslim faith. Soraya has always been very active in her community of Bonteheuwel in Cape Town. Bonteheuwel is known to be one of the most gang infested areas on the Cape Flats. It is for that reason Soraya came up with the idea of using a piece of land opposite her home in David Profit Street and...

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2020 Global Summit to End Cages

  By Georgina Blumears Cage-Free Eggs Campaign Coordinator     2020 Global Summit to End Cages   “The Global Summit to End Cages is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from other activists from all areas and experience levels. The summit strengthens us as a team and deepens our sense of community. Together, we will achieve a cage-free future, not only in our own homes but across the globe”.    The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) continued its tradition of hosting a Global...

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Building resilience within and beyond our Covid world: Thoughts from the Karoo FLEAT community

We hosted our second Karoo Faith Leaders Environmental Training (Karoo FLEAT) workshop on 23rd and 24th June. This time around, the group of faith leaders gathered virtually for their two-day workshop. On the first day of the workshop, the group of faith leaders discussed what it means to build community resilience. Read the report by Kate Davies below. On the second day of the workshop, the group engaged on the topic of Food and Climate Change, explored their Green Action Week actions, and...

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Faith, hope and love in a time of COVID-19

By Kate Davies  The unfolding of the Covid 19 pandemic is a tragedy of global proportions, bringing with it an immeasurable breadth and depth of human suffering and panic. How do we find hope in such uncertain times? How do we respond and sustain a steadfast faith? Embedded in all our faith traditions are stories of suffering and hardship, of plagues, famines and pestilence, of loneliness and despair. Through these, we are tested to the limits. But, we are called to be strong and very...

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Southern Africa – Feeling the Effects of the Climate Crisis

By Robyn Bowden “More than 11-million people are now experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity” due to the “deepening drought and climate crisis” and this “number will likely rise in the coming months.” This news came through a  joint call for support, issued late last year, from the United Nation’s (UN) World Food Programme (WFP), UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).  The nine countries most affected by severe levels of food...

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