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Apr 2013 09

Land conflicts in the Acholi sub-region: learning what we can do to help

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By Nicole Söller Land has always had important value in Acholiland and, unfortunately, has increasingly become a source of conflict in the region. Especially the massive resettlement process, which followed the 2006 ceasefire agreement, triggered more and more disputes over land due ...

Mar 2013 27

World renowned pianist Soheil Nasseri to perform GRG benefit concert in DC

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Concert with world renowned pianist Soheil Nasseri, April 10 Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005 Nasseri will play Rachmaninoff and Beethoven in a benefit concert for the ...

Mar 2013 11

Trauma among GRG’s groups – learning to ‘put down the shield’

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“Trauma is just human nature and people should not fear. We should educate others about this” – GRG Group Member Opodo Matuku (meaning ‘It Fell Freely’) is one of GRG’s beneficiary groups. Through group discussions the members have indentified trauma as ...

Feb 2013 25

Let the show begin! Training community theater leaders

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By Nicole Söller Slowly making their way across the crowded room, a dozen of cars try to carefully avoid bumping into one of the others. Not real cars of course; each car is made up of two people, one person being the ...

Feb 2013 11

Achieving independence: Community-based village savings and loan projects

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Village savings and loans activities – or bol li cup (pronounced bol lee chup), as it is locally called – are a crucial part of our work. This work has been an impressive spinoff by our group members of our ...

Feb 2013 04

Who needs rain? Group members overcoming dry season through ‘kitchen gardening’

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By Fred Ojok, GRG consultant While other areas of the world experience snow and winter, northern Uganda is normally hit by heavy sun and heat between December and April. The most extreme heat and dryness is near the Uganda-South Sudan border, ...

Jan 2013 16

Where our graduated groups are one year later: over 90% still working together

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By Christopher Maclay The Grassroots Reconciliation Group finished working with its first cohort of groups (involving more than 450 people) in late 2011. Given GRG’s commitment to impact and recording impact, we have recently been following up with these groups to ...

Jan 2013 07

Overcoming stigma: GRG responds to ‘finger pointing’ with innovative group therapy

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By Christopher Maclay Many of the former child soldiers and ex-combatants that GRG works with continue to be stigmatized because of their past. At the community level, stories of formerly abducted people being excluded from community life are common. One young ...

Dec 2012 19

Land conflict no more! Community theater wows one community

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By Christopher Maclay In May 2012, we began an exciting partnership with the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) to pilot an innovative community theater approach which facilitates processes of problem examination and solving, develops empathy among participants, and encourages reconciliation. Two ...

Dec 2012 13

An exciting new video highlighting our work

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"They tried to make us kill a person who tried to escape, and if you refused, they would kill you for disobeying orders," said Evelyn, in this new video by the Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) in northern Uganda. See how ...