As written by Emily Gould, co-director of the African Peace Partners:
Construction on the Ihumure Peace Center in Rwanda will begin in August thanks to a kick off grant from the Edwards Mediation Academy. The Center is a first of its kind in that it integrates trauma recovery, dispute resolution and cooperative economic self – sufficiency programs. In addition to serving the Rwandan community around it, the Center is envisioned as a training center for community mediators in Rwanda and also nearby Congo. Building on the gift from Edwards Mediation Academy, African Peace Partners, a US based non-profit that supports Ihumure, is embarking on a capital campaign to raise fund to finish the building in 2016. You can learn more about trauma informed mediation in Rwanda and Ihumure’s remarkable successes at a Reception at Hastings Law School on March 2 from 5 – 7 PM. Come be inspired by remarkable people in Rwanda and in the U.S who demonstrate the capacity of the human spirit to heal and build peace.
Bruce A. Edwards is an ADR industry pioneer and recent chairman of the board of directors of JAMS, this country’s largest private provider of ADR services. Along with his wife, Susan Franson Edwards, Mr. Edwards recently cofounded Edwards Mediation Academy, an online education platform dedicated to improving the skills of mediators around the world.