New Internationalist

Ideas For Action

Issue 141

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IDEAS FOR ACTION

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S.A.L.T. L.l.C.K.
P.O. Box 77
Rumuruti
Kenya

AIMS

To assist the pastoral people of Kenya to become integrated into the national economy withoutjeopardizing their cultural heritage and traditional livestock raising systems. To reduce tension between the resilient low energy systems of pastoralism and specialization and high technology. To assist pastoralists to broaden their economic base through vocational training.

To serve as a centre for pastoral studies to collect, record and disseminate information on the traditional strategies of pastoralists. To provide a source of improved genetic material to pastoral herds.

METHODS

By establishing a commercial ranch we hope to reduce dependency on outside aid agencies while providing a training centre to teach both traditional and modem husbandry techniques in a culturally appropriate setting.

By inviting elders from various tribes to participate in the planning of vocational curriculum we hope to establish rapport between tribes. Opening channels of intertribal communication is seen as a strategy to alleviate some of the tensions and conflict in northern Kenya. Through the establishment of a pastoral study centre we hope to support anyone interested in doing ethnographic work with pastoralists.

SUCCESSES

Although newly organized we have success-frilly registered our agency within Kenya to maintain administrative functions and costs in country. We have received encouragement of our proposals from various pastoral communities as well as from UNESCO, Ford Foundation, Technoserve, etc. We have shared our concern for pastoralism’s future by attending relevant conferences.

FAILURES

We have been unable to raise sufficient funds to obtain a ranch upon which to develop donor independence. We have failed to con-convince policy makers that the pastoral system is viable and deserves preservation.

FUTURE PLANS

To continue working with government and development agencies to determine the significant potential of the pastoral system. To develop a newsletter that can help co-ordinate and inform the pastoral development agencies.

HELP NEEDED

Share your pastoral experience. If you believe in aiding and preserving the pastoral heritage assist us with funding ideas.

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Future in our Hands Movement
120 York Road
Swindon
SNi 2JP
Wiltshire
Tel: 0793 32353

AIMS

We seek to foster personal and political solidarity towards the world’s poor by establishing an awareness of the true causes of injustice and how these relate to an impending giobal ecological disaster. To take one step at a time back from materialism in the endeavour to adopt a lifestyle consistent with the world’s needs. To give money on a regular basis to those charities helping the poor. To campaign for changes in unjust policies.

METHODS

The movement has 30,000 members, is established in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Britain, and seeks to become international. Local groups are forming in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland served by an information centre in Swindon. We do not support any religious philosophy or movement and we are non-party-political. believe that essential change can only evolve from the grass roots of society - the future is in our hands.

SUCCESSES

Future in our hands, Norway have instigated a lobby of parliament for funds to start a research project to investigate the extent to which Scandinavia could become self-sufficient in energy and food and trade on a fair non-competitive basis with Third World countries. The feasibility study, for which funds have been granted, is nearing completion.

FAILURES

Future in our Hands in Scandinavia has been remarkably successful, but with a small initial membership the UK division is having difficulty in gaining the most effective publicity for its rapid development.

FUTURE PLANS

The Future in our Hands UK division wishes to work closely with world development research bodies, charities and movements, particularly World Development Movement and the Lifestyle Movement. We are seeking to promote our aims through radio, television, the arts, books, information leaflets, letters to and interviews with politicians and other effective means using our individual and oollective skills and abilities.

HELP NEEDED

Committed members with a predominant desire to seek justice for the world’s poor and oppressed, research helpers, publicity to expand.

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Christian Movement for Peace
427 Bloor St. W., Toronto,
Ontario. M5S lxi
Canada
Tel (416) 921-2360

AIMS

To draw people motivated by the goal of a society of justice, peace and human solidarity.

To provide alternative educational materials and programs for educators,students and study groups on issues of militarism, human rights and development.

To seek alternative means to resolve international conflict and establish justice through disarmament and international development.

METHODS

CMP researches and develops educational materials on giobal justice issues. We provide resource persons for education programs, workshops, conferences, etc. with educators, students, community and church groups. We operate a Resource Centre providing printed and audio-visual materials for loan or purchase. We publish a quarterly newsletter, ‘Calumet’. CMP networks with national and international peace movements and individuals and organizations educating for justice.

SUCCESSES

We have researched, written and published a five-volume series entitled People Living for Justice which deals with issues of militarism, work, women, development, and political and social rights. Each text is a working manual containing lesson plans, outlines, objectives, activities, resources and handouts. We have introduced educators to the curriculum content and to a creative methodology for teaching these issues. The books have been received enthusiastically and are being widely used in schools in the United States and Canada.

FAILURES

We have yet to achieve an understanding of the link between justice and peace within the peace movement as a whole.

FUTURE PLANS

To research and develop educational materials for ages 12-14 on third world and development issues. To promote effective usage of People Living for Justice and other justice education resources.

HELP NEEDED

We need help in publicizing our work and services. We need people to use our Resource Centre, subscribe to ‘Calumet’, sponsor workshops/events in their area, and to volunteer in our office. We need educators to buy and use the People Living for Justice series.

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