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Who we are

SAFCEI (Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute) is a multi-faith organisation committed to supporting faith leaders and their communities in Southern Africa to increase awareness, understanding and action on eco-justice, sustainable living and climate change.

What We Do

Care for the Earth by Faith Communities

Promoting understanding of the connection between faith and living Earth, and inspiring people of faith to effect change and just development within their own communities.

Energy Justice

Working for South Africans to have accessible, affordable and sustainable energy, and for faith leaders and communities from other countries to learn from South Africa’s experience.

Food & Climate Justice

Promoting a rights of nature approach to food sovereignty and climate change, opposing factory farming, industrial agriculture and GMOs.

Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training

Facilitating faith leaders environmental advocacy training (FLEAT) in southern Africa, and providing learning resources to conduct local eco-projects, including eco-actions in congregations.

SAFCEI attends the People’s Hearing on Energy Profiteers

SAFCEI attends the People’s Hearing on Energy Profiteers

On 31 January  2024, SAFCEI’s executive director, Francesca de Gasparis, and campaigns coordinator, Maia Nangle, joined the Open Secrets’ People’s Hearing on Energy Profiteers—a platform advocating for the prioritization of rights in addressing the energy and climate crises. The hearing showcased testimonials from various South African organizations, shedding light on the impacts of energy...

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Open Wing Alliance Africa (Virtual) Summit 2023

Open Wing Alliance Africa (Virtual) Summit 2023

The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) Africa hosted its annual summit for 2023 from the 28th to the 30th of November. This virtual summit was attended by 18 organizations from 11 African countries who are members of the coalition.  This year’s summit consisted of three themes with each day having a different theme. On the first day the theme was ‘where we are’ which looked at facilitating opportunities...

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OWA Global Summit 2023

OWA Global Summit 2023

  The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) hosted its first in-person Global Summit since the covid-19 pandemic! This year the OWA Global Summit was hosted in Prague, Czech Republic; the summit saw 124 passionate activists from 44 countries and 52 organizations come together for the first time in four years under the theme; ‘Reconnect as a Global Force for Chickens’.  Initiated by The Humane League,...

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