Welcoming people of all faiths to sow the seeds of
non-violence and peace
throughout Africa in the Spirit of St Francis of Assisi


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"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."- Agnes M. Pharo - 13 January 2011
“Up to now brothers, we have done little or nothing. Let us begin again” St Francis of Assisi, near the end of his life - 12 January 2011
Congo/ Russia is a predominantly Christian community, while Nassarawa is predominately Muslim community. The two communities are among the most affected by the January 2010 crisis in Jos and since the crisis they don’t interact anymore; neither community goes to the other due to the fears, mistrust, hurts, disappoints, anxieties. - 4 January 2011
“To have eaten some strange food and to have taken pictures of people wearing funny clothes is not enough to say that you know a certain culture. Ones exposure to a culture does not mean you have seen it all. It just means that you meet people who have different personalities and who are living in a culture with its own habits, symbols, rituals and values”. - 8 November 2010
“Peace is a flower, reaching toward the sky. Peace just like a flower, with everlasting love peace will never die. Let’s come together, let’s dance together, let’s smile together, with one love peace will never die.” - 7 October 2010
Due to the many crises in Jos, we are experiencing polarisation of our communities. We are concerned for our children’s inability to relate and mix with children of different ethnic and religious background. We feel these divides will only feed the present fear, mistrust and prejudices. Therefore, DPI Jos took it as a challenge to pilot a programme for children. - 13 September 2010
Reflecting on our dear Fr Donal's passing and what makes for real peace in this world, the peace he himself reflected so spontaneously, and having just been in Italy and the places in which St Francis moved and lived, I would like to share the following reflections with you... - 6 September 2010
Fr Donal’s now renewed spirit will watch over us and bless the Damietta Peace Initiative. His memory too will remain an inspiration for the Damietta International Team in Pretoria, with its partners and benefactors, that falls under the Capuchin Order. All of us are determined to carry on with the call, in fact a divine commission, to be ‘makers of Peace.’ - 9 August 2010
After our meeting at Congo Russia, Gangare community in Jos invited us (DPI) to a sensitisation meeting in their community. Shumsudeen, who is from that community, and have attended some of our programmes, introduced us and explained DPI activities in promoting peace and building good relationships in Jos and environs. He cited examples with Nassarawa, Dadin Kowa, Angwan Rogo, as some of the communities in Jos were DPI activities have taken root. - 19 July 2010

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