We are 2018 Tomorrow Peacebuilder Award Winner in Youth-led category

Young-adult Empowerment Initiative was one of 2018 Peace Direct’s Tomorrow Peacebuilders’ awards in the youth led peace building category. Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards 2018: meet the winners

Our Executive Director, Gatwal A. Gatkuoth was invited to New York for peace related meeting at the United Nations Headquarters and later received the award on behalf of our entire team in Washington DC at Peacecon2018 October 2018.

The USD.10,000 Cash prize helps our team so much and the award amplifies our grassroots peace building and help us connect to partners. We profoundly appreciate Peace Direct and partners for supporting grassroots peacebuilding initiatives.

~ Gatwhich Jacob, YEI program Manager for Uganda Programs

Meeting Ger Duany, UNHCR Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the East and Horn of Africa

Upon my arrival at my final destination, New Delhi, my big brother who at the same time is one of my mentors that inspired me so much through examples of life experiences Ger Duany, a UNHCR Regional Good Will Ambassador for Eastern and Horn of Africa, had handed to me a well selected text book as a surprise gift. ~ writes Gatwal A. Gatkuoth YEI Executive Director

We touched basis on a lot of things we both cherished, especially the common and share values in corridors of serving humanity through amplifying the voices of the voiceless (refugees). Ger, at his individual capacity and as Actor, Model and UNHCR Good will Ambassador is strongly compassionate about promoting oneness and embracing diversity for a better world in which humanity is respected and celebrated.

We can’t help to talk about the “Good Lie” one of his Hollywood Movies that Emmanuel Jal and others South Sudanese Lost Boys featured (starred). This conversation with Ger highlighted key interventions both his office and YEI should jointly start to work on.

In his role as a Goodwill Ambassador, Ger has elected to focus on youth and education, saying “given a chance, refugee kids excel. They are not powerless, they don’t need pity. They can be citizens of any country, respectfully and constructively contributing to humanity’s goals.”

What “Peace Direct’s jury” says about us.

Young adult Empowerment Initiative (YEi) was among 270 youth led and peace building organizations globally which were nominated and applied for Peace Direct’s Tomorrow Peace Builder Award 2017.

Despite having emerged to semi final stage among other 12 best organizations globally for the prize, did cialis pas cher not make it to win the award. But we are so profoundly encouraged to work for more and for better by the jury comments which read as below;

‘YEI have already demonstrated the ability to produce results by decreasing ethnic zoning of South Sudanese refugees’

‘Their work is extremely important, given the high levels of violence among South Sudanese refuges – and with their host communities’

‘YEI has brought into the trauma healing activities into its work, which is very important in its work targeted for refugee group. It is also great to learn that because of the their work, women and girls have been able to report about the gender based violence against them’

As an organization which is growing in humanitarian sector, we take these comments for kind encouragement

Nour Kulong ~ Kiryandongo Settlement

Young Adult Empowerment Initiative is a family!

“I love it because it’s a place https://www.cialissansordonnancefr24.com/generique-cialis/ where I can be 100% who I am, and no matter what, everyone is okay with that! I have grown so much as a leader and a speaker because of the incredible opportunities I have been given through it.” ~ Nuor Kulong one of youth participants in Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda

Meeting with His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Courtesy photo; ED Gatwal A. Gatkuoth and HH Dalai Lama

Young Adult Empowerment Initiative’s Executive Director, Gatwal A. Gatkuoth was among United States Institute of Peace (USIP) 25 youth and thought leaders from 12 war buy viagra online without a prescription ridden countries in the world for peace exchange program with His Holiness Dalai Lama in Dharamsala,  India from November 1st – 9th, 2017.

This historic conversations between young peace builders from across the most conflicted areas in the world and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a renowned Global peace icon, and a noble peace prize winner was aligned to efforts to support components of UN Security Resolution 2250, Youth, Peace and Security.

USIP (United States Institute of Peace) in that regard, make an effort to see the UNSC resolution 2250 comes to effect and is implement in spirit and through proactive engagement of the young people in peace building initiatives.

Young Adult Empowerment Initiative (YEI) a youth led peace building organization takes this engagement seriously to our work both in Uganda with refugees and in South Sudan with grassroots communities where there is protracted armed conflicts.