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Youth Peacemaker Network

Training and supporting young women and men to become change makers, peace leaders, economic and social entrepreneurs in their communities.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

A main assumption behind our work is that lasting peace and sustainable development stem from a set of values, attitudes and behaviors that must ultimately come from within - individuals as well as communities. Our work is to empower youth from remote communities so they can be our partners in promoting these objectives.
Northern Uganda is need of such lasting peace due to the pervasive impact of the 1986-2008 civil war, notably with respect to the issue of former child soldiers’ rehabilitation. Although northern Uganda is relatively more secure today, the silence of the arms is not enough.
The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative promotes education and training in the areas of peace education and vocational training and seeks to empower young women and men as active vectors of peace.
Our aim is to create in Acholi a new branch of our Youth Peacemaker Network to (1) empower young to become leaders who can pave a way of their own and to (2) promote projects sustainable enough to outlive the interventions of WPDI (hence our promotion of revenue-generating activities).
To harness their energy and talent, WPDI trains groups of young women and men in conflict resolution, ICTs skills, project management and life skills. They then move to remote communitires to develop community projects ranging from literacy or intercultural dialogue to small businesses (agriculture, electronic store, hair saloon). The projects are designed, brainstormed and managed by young people.

WHO BENEFITS?

WPDI will select and recruit a balanced group of already experienced motivated young women and men (18-35 years old), from the 11 counties of Acholi. The group of youth will be selected on an inclusive basis so as to reflect gender equality and ethnic and religious diversity. It should be noted that these young people are beneficiaries and also partners of our program.
Local communities will benefit from the Community Learning Centers and the community projects undertaken by the youth.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is a US NGO with local branches in Uganda and South Sudan; it was founded in 2012 by Forest Whitaker humanitarian and artist, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation. Partnerships are central in how we approach our projects in the field

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

The strategy adopted by WPDI to train and support young people as entrepreneurs is rooted in the notion that long term solutions for peace and prosperity come from people. The projects proposed Under this application have been designed along the same philosophy: consultations with local communities were integrated to the very development of the ideas. It is central for us that the projects we support are based on local feedback. On of our youth leaders thus started discussing with unemployed young people on the feasibility of an agriculture project, which ended up becoming a hair saloon project because of the expectations of many of the young women attending, who wanted to learn skills in an area they can relate to.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

Our idea is unique in that it helps young people generate their own ideas. Our projects are unique in that they rely on a combination of elements in peacebuilding, entrepreneurship and ICTs to ensure that our youth leaders can be vectors of resilience in their communities. We consider them as partners who bring their creativity and committee on the table while we are in charge of channeling tangible and intangible resources towards them.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED?

In the places where we work, conflict or post-conflict or violence-ridden areas, young people are marginalized in many ways. they are excluded from economic, social and political opportunities. But the most damning forms of exclusion are more invisible because in those places, young people are excluded from hope and trust. Our role is to give them a space for initiative and leadership through which they can provide relevant services, receive an income and, above all, demonstrate their capacity for positive transformative change.

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

We have been working Under our model, the Youth Peacemaker Network, for a number of years now, including in Mexico and South Sudan.

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

Our idea is implemented by the young women and men we train and support to become médiators and entrepreneurs.

WPDI works to empower young people from remote and vulnerable places in communities affected by a long history of violence and/or armed conflict. Our experience is that many young people from these places are eager to make a difference. But it is a fact that, in northern Uganda (or South Sudan where we also work), these young people lack access to all kind of resources. Such resources can consist in the skills to conduct prevention/reconciliation processes or the skills and technology they need to use the internet or make a powerpoint presentation - without mentioning the capacity to draw a market assessment and a business plan. WPDI seeks to broker such material and intangible resources for young people who are eager to develop community projects but who cannot access the resources they need if abandoned to themselves. This OpenIDEO challenge is a great opportunity to channel such resources to young people in the remote neighborhoods of Acholi, Uganda.



1. Why Are We Actively Promoting Lasting Peace and Sustainable Development in Uganda

After more than 22 years of civil war, northern Uganda has suffered from a nearly neglected humanitarian crisis. The struggle between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army, one of the most brutal rebel governments in the world, has left a number of scars that cannot heal overnight. Due to the instability and insecurity around 1.6 million people were uprooted from their homes, and countless children were left orphaned and disenfranchised, especially in the case of former child-soldiers who, for many, have lost their families and homes with no community to return to.

Although northern Uganda is relatively more secure today, the silence of the arms is not enough. Peace in the region and throughout the country will not be sustained if north Ugandans cannot reap the benefits of peace, which include political stability, economic growth, and an optimistic society. The post-conflict fate of child soldiers is thus one of the most crucial conditions of long-term peace for the future of the country. Disarming and demobilizing them rarely means that they will be able to reintegrate into their communities as if their military experience was a mere parenthesis in their lives. Their childhood has been robbed from them and they need to heal and regain trust in themselves and from their communities, who often fail or refuse to recognize those children as theirs. Such exclusion has a significant and worrying impact on the access of these youth to such basic goods as education or employment.




2. Overview

2.1. Holistic Peace Training

In every region, district or state where the YPN operates, we start by talking to local leaders and stakeholders to understand the situation on the ground and to identify a core group of young women and men with a passion for peace and a record of service in their communities. Also, we have entered a specific partnership with UN Women to ensure that our enrolment and training practices fully ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment.


This high level group of youth “trainers of trainers”, or ToTs, once fully trained over a year in peace-building, human rights, mediation, leadership, ICT, entrepreneurship and life skills will in turn teach other youths about the YPN and its work in their communities. We take a holistic approach. That’s why we also provide training in life skills like positive psychology, trauma healing and meditation. In addition, Ericsson, one of our long-time partners, generously provides every ToT with a tablet and phone, as well as comprehensive training on these devices, so that they can stay connected to each other as they coordinate their peacebuilding activities.



2.2. Community Projects to Foster Participative Development

After their training, every ToT is responsible for going home to his or her county and finding a group of other young people to become part of the YPN’s work. The ToTs share what they’ve learned with these youths and empower them to pass on this knowledge and values to others. With the support of WPDI and the Advisory Council they will form at the county level composed of eminent figures and leaders, the ToTs and their teams of young women and men design and implement income-generating projects in cities and villages to address the underlying problems affecting their communities and also create opportunities for local youth to be trained in such trades as farming. To us, these youths are in a better position than we are to determine the most-pressing challenges that they and their neighbors face. While we provide guidance and support at every phase of the project, from planning to execution, we ultimately leave the decisions in their hands.



2.3. Promoting education and connectivity – our Community Learning Centers, a Hub of Community Involvement

Education opens doors to new worlds of knowledge and opportunities. But in communities impacted by violence and poverty, young people often do not have access to the educational resources they need to lift themselves out of these vicious cycles. WPDI is constructing a network of Community Learning Centers in South Sudan and Uganda that serve as hubs for education, technology, and civic engagement where all are welcome. We believe that ICTs can be tremendous assets in fragile communities that empower women and men to tap into the world’s entire collection of knowledge, to connect with others in their communities and around the world, and to participate in conversations as informed global citizens.




2.4. Empowering Peacemakers through an Interconnected, Global Network

The Internet and smartphones provided to our peacemakers allow the YPN to function as an early-warning system that provides crucial updates during periods of violence, as was demonstrated during the pilot phase of the project which was interrupted by the ongoing domestic conflict in South Sudan, during which participants courageously maintained contact across ethnic lines and worked to prevent the formation of armed groups in remote villages.


During times of peace, these technologies allow our participants to brainstorm and collaborate to foster lasting peace and sustainable development in their communities. All of our peacemakers are connected through an online portal on WPDI’s website, so—whether they live in the same village or on different continents—our youths can reach out to each other and share ideas for strengthening their communities.



3. Aims

The Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN) / Western Equatoria & Acholi is undertaken by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) to empower young people as leaders of peace and development in their communities through a unique mix of peace-building, conflict resolution, mediation, human rights, women’s and girls’ empowerment, life skills, ICT training, entrepreneurship, vocational training, youth-led community projects as well as programs promoting peace through the arts and sports.



4. Measuring Achievements

WPDI constantly monitors its activities (eg attendance of trainings, uses of Community Learning Centers, M&E online system through Ericsson Connect To Learn laptops) and collects feedback from beneficiaries (testimonies from users of Community Learning Centers, from participants in our programs). A key asset embedded in our modus operandi lies in the fact that WPDI systematically builds its projects around an In-country team which is made up of nationals and has a responsibility in monitoring every aspects of the project on a daily basis.


SHARE ONE SENTENCE ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU WOULD LIKE THIS PROJECT TO HAVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, AND ONE QUESTION YOU NEED TO ANSWER TO GET THERE.

The impact we envision for our project is to trigger in remote areas of northern Uganda a virtuous cycle of positive change whereby our youth leaders' projects succeed not only in providing tailored services to communities but also in creating an atmosphere of trust in the potential of all young women and men. One key question we need to answer is how to remain a dynamic incubator which can both ensure sustainability and provoke innovation.

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • Between $100,000 and $500,000

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • Within 100 km of where our team does most of its work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES BEEN WORKING ON THIS PILOT PROJECT TOGETHER?

  • Between 6 months and a year

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING AMPLIFY'S PORTFOLIO OF INNOVATORS?

We are very excited at the idea of joining a community of change-driven entrepreneurs from whom we know we will learn a lot and who will help us think critically about what we do and where we aim to go.

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I applaud this idea to empower youth growing up in conflict zones to become ambassadors of peace!
Good luck with your idea. Please check this video out, I think you will be inspired:
http://insightshare.org/watch/video/clubs-messagers-de-paix.html

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Thank you Nick for your support and for the link. This is very good material indeed both for the actual project and for its evaluation. We will definitely look closely at this as we move forward (especially the participatory evaluation).

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Hi Caroline and Team! Amplify and our experts have some comments and questions for you - we encourage you to think about this feedback as you continue to improve and refine your idea.

-The integration of vocational skills and peacebuilding is important and interesting - well done.
-What strategies would you use to reach the less educated/non-educated in rural areas who may be detached from any support?
-Can you share a bit about your sustainability strategy?

In case you missed it, OpenIDEO and Amplify hosted a Storytelling Office Hour - https://youtu.be/g0gZRR6T9tA. Storytelling is an incredibly useful tool to articulate an idea and help make it come to life! Don't forget - December 18th is your last day to make changes to your idea on the OpenIDEO platform.

Looking forward to reading more!

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Hi Chelsea,
Thank you for your feedback - we are really excited by the challenge. You designed a very enriching process.
As to your question:
Q: What strategies would you use to reach the less educated/non-educated in rural areas who may be detached from any support?
A: our high level trainees develop their community projects with vulnerable youth; when they settle in a community, they reach out to different community leaders to identify the needs of the community and who are the young at risk; we also invite them to design their income-generating projects with educational components (eg: agribusinesses would include a vocational element).

Q: Can you share a bit about your sustainability strategy?
We view ourselves as an incubator for the projects of the youth who participate in our program. We ensure that the youth-led project have significant chances of outliving our intervention through the provision of business/entrepreneurship skills to our beneficiaries (who are also partners) so that they have prior knowledge of business development and management. We have also established a rigourous process for the design of their projects: they must conductlocal  market/needs assessments; a key step in the process is the review of their business plans: we make sure that the green light is only for projects that are viable.

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Great Idea

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I like the idea for @Caroline

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Good organisation with peace buliding and business skills which enable youths to craete their own job

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with the great oportunity to thehave of the gulu destined youth peace maker i would like saying thank you for wpdi for what the have done for us to rich out  our goal and objective has my motto saying >patient pay< thank you,thank you for wpdi.

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this program is so powerful

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with the love and care from WPDI to the youth made and restored our life since we greately affected by the conflict and we were the  source of conflict and they made us to be role modle for peace in the community

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The idea as numerous projects, among others, Cinema for Peace-to narture mind set, sports through peace-collaboration and team work, Business projects- youth livelihood, ICT- youth empowerment, Conflict Resolution Education- mediation for peace in communities. this is by far the best idea

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WPDI is such a good organisation that have made may of us to be the way are now as peace buliding is concren and also inspired us

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thank you WPDI

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to the behave of gulu destined youth peace maker i would like to saying thank you for the great work of wpdi to supported us in many way like giving us free training on how to manage the business,ict computer,and become good leader for tomorrow.

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I like the agriculture concept of wpdi from pader district of northern uganda. The youth have been supported technically and financially to start up farmers to benefit themselves, communities and their families. bringing good food home.

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big up to WPDI

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ideally i cherish and love this program

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we love, we realy approced wpdi with there program they came with  to join the youth together in the group and support them.

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keep on share the programm with  our young youths thank so much wpdi for your present.

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Greate love for  WPDI for all that they are doing to the greater Northern Uganda regard and  pleasureonly

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thank you for your programm in uganda

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The only way to develop such sustainable ideas is through engaging the beneficiaries in the planning and implementation stage, this IDEA has been well consulted from the end beneficiaries and the host communities,  i am really positive it is the best idea, considering the resources and how easy it is to reach such resources. Good luck with this IDEA

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i now love my region Northern Uganda because of WPDI for the extra-ordinary programs they came about with like conflict resolution education. Long live WPDI so that we can together witness a new nation Uganda with a positive change of attitude in terms of conflict.

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I like this idea, am positive its goal and objectives will change the lives of many youth. I know already that thousands of youth have benefited from ideas development by @Caroline in a positive way

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beautiful experience with WPDI

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thank you for your program in uganda

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The human spirit is unstoppable. this is a good idea, Good luck Caroline

@Caroline good luck             123

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the latest extension in refugees camps and vulnerable settlements hosting South sudannes and other refugees will be a mile stones for youth empowerment.

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nice work

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i love this program because of what its doing in the lives of many youth in Northern Uganda

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The Arts and Crafts idea is another tool that the youth have received from the project of WPDI. Many youth have beeen trained in the arts and crafts and now they can start up their own shops

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AFTER OVER 2 DECADES OF INSURGENCY IN THE NORTHERN UGANDA. ITS THE RIGHT TIME FOR COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION AND RECONCILIATION AND THAT CAN ONLY BE DONE THROUGH DIFFERENT PEACE BUILDING PROCESSES. THANK YOU TO WPDI FOR THEIR PROGRAME IN UGANDA.

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The entrepreneurship skills i acquired at WPDI has sold me out to the business world and i can say i am a proud entrepreneur because of WPDI

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Several youth including my self have benefit from the sports for peace project in bweyale and Pader in northern Uganda. through sports we have been able to understand conflict and how to overcome it.

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i really like their recent involvement in interventions made in IDP, and other settlements for refugees. the project also aims to bring such youth services to the settlements so that both nationals and non-nationals benefit from their ideas.

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this project aims to empower youth as mediators, leaders, and entrepreneurs, putting forward the concepts of ICT, Peace-building, livelihoods to life and using them as a tool of empowerment. i wish their was capacity for them to expand to other parts of the country.

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GOOD INITIATIVE IN NORTHERN UGANDA.

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I have been lucky to witness the developments that the idea of wpdi brings for the youth. Ranging from livelihoods, technical skills, to vocational skills. this is the new future of development in Uganda. also the best idea for any developing country

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the work that the team of wpdi is doing in Ugand for the youth is so wonderful. i wish they had the funds to extend their services even to other parts of the tone uganda, so that other youth can benefit

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Long live Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative because with you peace shall always reign in the land of Northern Uganda

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@joseph several youth have been trained as entrepreneurs and most of them have received grants that will be the starting point to achieving their goals. Most youth who could not go back to school for one reason or the other, have been able to start up their group business

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with WPDI program in Northern Uganda, the lives of the youth will never remain the same. This is because they are being mentored in the way they should live with others in the community through conflict resolution education.

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I know and am confident that the WPDI idea is the best for the youth in any developing world.

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i am proud of being a beneficiary of WPDI

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the project in Northern Uganda also uses social media as a way to reach out to youth in these conflict communities, nurturing youth as leaders who are capable of leading their communities into a new world with ICT, offering them with grants that will change their livelihood especially with youth groups that are trained as business entrepreneurs.

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with the WPDI program, i have benefited alot from it and this has changed my life through the skills i acquired from the different trainings and this has made me grateful and thankful for this program.

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WPDI community learning centre has been so incredible to the youth in Northern Uganda where they can now carryout their research work, be able to access books at the resource centre together with acquiring skills in business and computer training which is bringing them closer to the world of technology.

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my life has changed since i joined WPDI, as a youth, i have been able to find information using the Computer/internet facility installed by WPDI, I have been able to learn business skills, develop workable business proposals and now i am conviction that the work of WPDI will change the lifes of many youth.

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Opening this centre of WPDI has granted me with the opportunity to do research on internet and also the text books and storybooks gives us the chance to read and also open and enrich our mind with knowledge which is a great change in my life.

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You know what! very soon we shall be able to perfect our english with the literacy class which will be opened very soon am so happy

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With pleasure i would like to extend my thanks to WPDI because they have extended their training in helping us with skills in art and craft which very soon with their help we shall be able to open our art and craft shop as youth and be able to earn ourself money to eliminate unemployment among the youth waaaaaaaaaa!!! am sooooooooooo happy .

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Its good keep it up

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special thanks to the founder of this programme and i ask them to continue with it so that youth can achieve their dreams eg. providing youth with knowledge design and other craft work for a better future of youths in easth africa

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WPDI has brought light to dark world we had in northern Uganda with alot of hope and skills provided at the centre like business skills,computer skill and am now able to operate a computer which has opened me to the world of ict,provided free internet at no cost which is deeply my pleasure and we can do research at any time,they also awarded certificates after training which can open for us opportunity to get jobs easily which has made my life easier and simpler  GOD bless the works of your hands.

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This programe is very good , it has transformed Gulu into computerized community, many youths who were idel are now engaged in this programe, and to add that has given more opportunities to youths,
Its my request to the organisation to coutinue with this programe in the North and other parts of uganda.
Thanks
Ochieng Alex

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it  let me gain knowledge of designing and other craft work and becoming artist so that can achieve my dreams and me having enjoyable life in future.

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This challenge is designed with the right formula to change the thinking of youth, To build youth with the mind set of peace and reconciliation, the develop their innovative power and business knowledge. i have a feeling that this will be the  solution to unemployment for youth in Uganda and Northern Uganda in particualr

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Caroline Would love to talk with you about "life skills, ICT training, entrepreneurship, vocational training, youth-led community projects" -- those are all components that are part of emergency medical response training and development programs. You can see a news segment on our program in Mwanza, Tanzania, here: trekmedics.org/blog/cnn-vital-signs-tanzania/

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Good jobs we love it

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Thanks for the trainning you gave us WPDI.may GOD BLESS YOU THANKS.

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great job for wpdi

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Its a pleasure having WPDI as a proggrams in Northern uganda.This is because through it am able to open up my own business and computer centre as well thanks. MAY GOD BLESS YOU as u continue.

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Its a pleasure having WPDI as aprogram in the Nothern part of Uganda. This is because through it the youth are able to recieve free busuness skills and computer trainings which is able to sell them out in the job markets.

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Together we can do much better to transform the life of we as a youth and plant the real seeds of peace in Northern Uganda and some other region through ICT Training, Business management, Sporting Club and Conflict Resolution ie:- Gender Base Violence/Domestic Violence, School drop out, Early Marriage, Bulling.                     ''WE ARE THE YOUNG GENERATION FOR A BETTER FUTURE''

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Terrific

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This training is going well,i hope i got the concept, understand how to used with computer and acquired skills and knowlege about Ms office words, Ms poewr point, Ms excel and using internet. i begged you to continue with your spirit.
thanks, may God bless you.

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whitaker peace and development Initiative brings us youth of Northen Uganda alot skills in computer and in this world withoutcomputer knowlege you are nothing.
The steffs were social to us and we enjoy the learning.Thank you.

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 Thanks  Big

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Throug whitaker peace and Deveolpment intative programa  We youth are able to nurture the seed of peace  together Untill it reaches  most youth  of northern uganda and God blessssss the program to continue amen

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WPDI in Northern uganda .Thanks you so much we are happy and prouds of our safe on this tranning thanks GOD BLESS YOU as you continue.

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congratulations to the almigthy father to all me to be the last luckest participant of this programme now l have skills in ICT and Business and peace building in the community and job creater to my fellow youth in nothern regions my apeal to this organisation to extend their programme to other part of nothern regions.
thank God is Great

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thank you  for what you have done.

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we are the beneficaries of this programme we are so prouds of this programme now we have skills knowledge and we can creates our own jobs and we can now creates more jobs to our fellow youth who have not benefited fom this programme and my apeal to this organisation to extend this programme to all nothern regions because we are in the war tone areas thank.

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This programme has made me learn many things in the computer.Today am able to:
open computer and do my work sucessfully,chat with friends on facebook,open my
facebook acount and now am able reach many people easily.Appreciation to WPDI.

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Am so grateful to be a beneficiary of this program. Am now well trained in ICT and peace building so my dream to learn ICT has come true and it's my prayer that this program should reach out to other youth in other districts. Thanks to WPDI long live.

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Special thanks gose to the founder of WPDI for the light and hope that you have brought to northen uganda especially to our youth  because this has help us the youth to know how to biuld the peace block and erradicate poverty in northen uganda through the training and skills that i have aquire.thanks may WPDI last for long amen.

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this computer training is good for use the youth in northen uganda,becuase of cominication systeam so we thank god for that.

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WPDI in northern uganda has help me alot with the training in cominication system and am able to open my own computer centre and bussiness as well.MAY GOD BLESS YOU as you continue with the proggrams thanks.

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Whitaker has helped the youth of Northen Uganda more then they think like having the mine site of peace

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whitaker peace and development initative are doing great and much for us as youth in northan uganda.we only give u greting for what u have done for us thank again.

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White taker has really helped me so much in knowing how to use computer ie ms word,msexcell and ms power.I have aquired new knowledge and skills, Contiue with programme. 
thanks

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Thanks for the knowladge and informations  that whitaker gave me. now am a boy  of self- relaince.THANKS

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Whittaker peace and development initative has really given hope to the youth of north Uganda, for some of us who have never been train in Computer have now develope knowledge and we have hope of starting business and suporting our on famillies. i wnat to thank the progame so much.

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We youth we are able to nurture the seed of peace throug whitaker so God blesss the programe to continued untill it reach all the youth of northern uganda thanks bigs

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whitaker peace and development initiative,I greatly thank u for the good work u done. By giving training to the youth in northern uganda in ict and business skill, peace and conflict resolution .Hoping that most of the youth will get the knowledge which will help them to build their life time.

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this computer traning has given youth the idea in cominication systeam in northern uganda.

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This training has surely helped me in so many areas of life especially widen my knowledge in computer programes and also empowered my careers hence with time i will open my computer centres.With these,i have great hope of encouraging many youth of Northern Uganda to achieved their goals.

Thanks
God bless you

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 We youth  we are able to nurture  the seed  of  peace throug whitaker so God blesss the programe to continued untill it reach allthe youth of northern uganda thanks bigs

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Whittaker peace and development initative has really given hope to the youth of north Uganda, for some of us who have never been train in Computer have now develope knowledge and we have hope of starting business and suporting our on famillies. i wnat to thank the progame so much.

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Thanks for the knowladge and infomations that this organisation gave me. Now am a boy of self-relaince.  THANKS.

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this computer traning has given  youth the idea in cominication systeam in northern uganda.

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This training is going well, i hope have got the concept, i understand how to used a computer and acquired some skills and knowledge about Ms office words, Ms power point and Ms excell. i begged you to continue with your spirit.
thanks.

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Whittaker peace and development initative has really given hope to the youth of north Uganda, for some of us who have never been train in Computer have now develope knowledge and we have hope of starting business and suporting our on famillies. i wnat to thank the progame so much.

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thank alot

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This training has surely helped me in so many areas of life especially widen my knowledge in computer programes and also empowered my careers hence with time i will open my computer centres.With these,i have great hope of encouraging many youth of Northern Uganda to achieved their goals.
Thanks
 God bless you.

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atleast it has given the youth the idea in computer.

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am glad

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This training has surely helped me in so many areas of life especially widen my knowledge in computer programes and also empowered my careers hence with time i will open my computer centres.With these,i have great hope of encouraging many youth of Northern Uganda to achieved their goals.
Thanks
 God bless you. 

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This programme  has helped me learn how to used computer .and i request them to continue with their programme.

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We are the Youth of nothern regions we are very proud of this programme now we have skills and and knowledge we can now stands on our own doing our own jobs and creats jobs to people in the community and my apeal to this organisation to extend this programme other part of nothern regions because we are backword because of war.
thank God is Great.

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Am so grateful to be among the beneficuaries of this program. Am well trained in ICT and in peace building i love the program. It's my prayer that this program reach to other youth in other districts. Thanks to WPDI Long live.

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WPDI as a program as been too beneficial to the youth in Nothern Uganda. Through it the youth are able to get basic skills in business and ict.

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Whitaker has helped the youth of Northen Uganda more then they think like having the mine site of peace

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whitaker peace and development initiative,I greatly thank u for  the good work u done. By giving training to the youth in northern uganda in ict and business skill, peace and conflict resolution .Hoping that most of the youth will get the knowledge which will help them to build their life time.

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this proggram is good for use the youth in the northern becuose it can open up our mind enough in cominication sysyeam.

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We the youth of Nothern regions we have to be proud of this programm we are in the war tone  zone, and we arethe youth of nothern regions we are very lucky and we have to be proud of this programme,because we the youth of nothern regions we dont have jobs and we are getting skills and knowledge and we will be change and different from where we are and we will have our own job crater than staying in the community doing wrong thing stealing people properties, killing,robbung,breaking people houses so this programme should be extended to all nothern regions because we are backword because of war for 25years.
thank GOd is Great.

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Whitaker Peace Development Initiative is really doing much in our communities, especially in Northern part of Uganda. We are learning how to use computers and internet in transacting our daily businesses, communications, and sensitizing the population on peacebuilding strategies.
i would really love to thanks the progame alot.

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thank

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Whittaker peace and development initative has really given hope to the youth of north Uganda, for some of us who have never been train in Computer have now develope knowledge and we have hope of starting business and suporting our on famillies. i wnat to thank the progame so much.

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whitaker peace and development initative are doing great and much for us as youth in northan uganda.and we are benefiting from them much more than them benefit from us thank alot whitaker peace and development.

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The training started very well, the concept was understandable, it realy helped me to known MS Power point, MS Words AND MS EXECEL. In other words the training is very important to the community, its my request that training should continue.

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We the youth (beneficiaries) are greatly thankful for this initiative and we hope to gain more and more from as this will pave way for greater opportunities that come our way.thanks

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Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative is providing the youth with am opportunity of a life time. Given the free  training in ICT and Business skills and the overwhelming number of youth being that have been, are being and yet to be trained interested in this training, the trace left in their lives is beyond measure an the seed planted will live long and bear great fruits.

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WPDI is like a dream come true for the youth of northern Uganda, i am opmistic that it will go a long way to equip our youth with skills that will change their lives

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The youth peace maker network program has already manifested its benefit in rural communities, helping youth achieve goals of conflict resolution, used live skills to bridge the gap between to non -vulnerable and vulnerable communities. I am positive that this expansion program will re emphasize its goals and objective in the acholi and karamoja sub region

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whitaker peace and development initative are doing great and much for us as youth in northan uganda.
We are getting more knowlage and experience in doing business and ICT  that we had never done it before,so i encourage the management and the staff of WPDC to continue with that spirit.
Amen.

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Help people bring Hope to Youth in Nothran Ugandn

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This program is the only way of briging youth together.

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it's not so far bad it;s helping youth and i hope they will benefit

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The Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN )Acholi is undertaken by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) to empower young people as leaders of peace and development in the community we lives.

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we have enjoyed this program of training  and supporting youth into next generation for making peace and development technique especially this "whitaker".And i think it should continue to develop the country.

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This is the type of initiatives youth in Northern Uganda need. Big up WPDI

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WPDI has done so many good things specaily in northern uganda by providing free services like,computer training and bussines training.

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Youth Peasemaker is the best program in the Region and it can encourage the youth in their future lives.

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Whitaker Peace Development Initiative is really doing much in our communities, especially in Northern part of Uganda. We are learning how to use to computers and internet in transacting our daily businesses, communications, and sensitizing the population on peacebuilding strategies.

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Wao! this program is so amazing and i believe that it`s going to attract lots of youth of which their life will never remain the same again and we youth will benefit from it okey!

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this is one of the best programs that can benefit the the youth of northen uganda

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Very nice, i think the youth will benefit from it very much

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I think this is the best way and option to support the youth in Northern Uganda

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WPDI is doing great work for the youth especially in the Northern Part of Uganda

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this is the best platform where we the youth can reach you, thank so much

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Very nice, the youth are going to love this and it will change their lives.

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This is a great Initiative, Am very positive that it can benefit the vulnerable youth of Northern Uganda.

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