It’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend and supporter Karen King, who passed away just before Christmas. Karen met Mike Sansom, the founder of African Initiatives, when he delivered a workshop as part of Africa Focus Week in 2002. She was working for Bristol City Council
‘My father called to me one day and said I would have to be married. The next night I was sleeping in my room when he came knocking: “I am your Father and you must do what I say.” Outside there were two strange men on a motorbike and I
Emanuel’s mother died of AIDS a long time ago and his father resorted to drinking heavily. We found Emanuel sheltering at a neighbour’s house. The rain was pouring through holes in the roof and there were mosquitoes flying all over the place because there was so much standing water inside. He was
June 16th is Day of the African Child. There are hundreds of ‘special’ days. What makes this one worth marking? On this very day forty years ago, thousands of students took to the streets in Soweto, South Africa, marching in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the
CONSERVATION CONVERSATION The recent Goldman prize win for Edward Loure and our partner UCRT has had us thinking about land and its use, access (or lack thereof) and ownership. The Maasai are pastoralists; semi-nomadic livestock herders who move with the seasons in search of fresh pasture and water. Their ancestral
and the Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa goes to… Edward Loure, from the Ujaama Community Resource Team! When Edward is not bathed in sunshine and accolades, he can be found protecting Maasai grazing lands from land grabbing tour-operators and safari companies. UCRT, our fantastic partner in Tanzania, is a
At an International Women’s Day Conference last month, African Initiatives hosted a series of workshops and discussion groups. One of the questions that continually came up was the role of partnerships in the work African Initiatives does. So we’re going to address this and answer the questions. The role of the western
March is Women’s History Month. Often women are left out of history so we’re taking a look at the herstory of women in Ghana – Some of the most impressive and dynamic women on the continent. Women first appeared in Ghana around the same time as men. This was over 2,000 years ago.