RC Followup to Sustaining All Life's work at the COPs

Four hundred of the people we met at COP21 in Paris told us they wanted to learn more about SAL, from the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroun, Canada, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Madagasgar, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Scotland, Senegal, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Uganda, Uruguay, U.S., Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Another 380 from COP22 in Marrakech, from the following countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Central African Republic, the Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Ecuatorial, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leon, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tchad, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, U.S., Zimbabwe.

Here is some of the followup we have made from those contacts.  

A number of individual RCers have come into existing RC Communities in England, Ghana, Nigeria, and the United States, but we often don't hear about these.  

A number of SAL delegates stayed in touch with people, teaching them RC one-to-one over Skype. As a result, we held a number of weekend introductory workshops in these Communities.  Several new RC Communities have resulted, and we're still working toward introductory workshops in other locations.

RC INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS

The community in Doula, Cameroon was started by Felix Nkam, after an introductory workshop in May 2016, led by Chioma Okonkwo, ARP of Lagos, Nigeria. Felix is now a certified teacher, overseeing the development of RC in four locations in Cameroon. A second workshop was held December 2016, and members of the Cameroon community have attended several workshops in Nigeria as well. The focus of their Community is family work and climate change. Felix has attended COP22 and COP23 through his local organization, and joined SAL's efforts as well.

Adekunle Akinolz, started a Community in Akungba Akoko, Ondo State (western Nigeria) after an introductory workshop led by Chioma in June 2016. They are discharging on the impact of climate change on their individual lives, caring for the environment around them, and changes they must make in response to climate change.

Rita Uwaka, who we met again at COP22, started her Community with a workshop led by Chioma in August 2016, in Edo State, one of the crude-oil-producing states of Nigeria.

Saiba Suso, in The Gambia, was one of the youth activists who came to Sustaining All Life activities at COP21 and expressed ongoing interest in RC.  Caroline New (ARP, Bristol, England) stayed in touch with Saiba since Paris, doing sessions with him and teaching him RC. In February 2017, Janet Kabue (ARP, Nairobi, Kenya) led an introduction to RC weekend workshop in The Gambia, organized by Saiba.  Saiba also participated in the September 2017 Muslim workshop in Morocco. He is now teaching RC to a local group. 

Another introductory workshop, organized by Mamadou Diallo, in Conakry, Guinea, was led by Janet Kabue in May 2017. Mamadou met us at COP21 in Paris, and he and Janet stayed in touch since then, despite language barriers and bad internet connectivity. 24 people from Guinea attended, and Pamela Ukaku from Nigeria came as the French-speaking interpreter. Mamadou recently attended COP23 representing his local organization, and joined SAL's efforts.

 But perhaps our biggest effort has gone into establishing an RC Community in Marrakech, Morocco with a group of enthusiastic young adults we met at COP22. Iman Awadh (London, England) led monthly day-long fundamentals workshops from December 2016 through August 2017.  In September 2017, we held a 3 day Muslim workshop in Marrakech, led by Azi Khalili (ILRP for South, Central, West Asians). 40 people attended, including Muslim RC leaders from Africa, Europe, and West Asia--joining and welcoming our new RCers in Marrakech.  

PLANNED WORKSHOPS

 Bo-Young Lim (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) has stayed in touch with G, from Kathmandu, Nepal. Since May 2015, he and another climate activist in Nepal have been in a weekly Skype class led by Niti Dandekar, and assisted by Bo-Young. A weekend introductory workshop to be led by Niti is planned within the next few months.

Alima Adams (Cambridge, England) has been teaching an online women's class in Madagasgar, with interpreting help from France. An introductory workshop will be led there in the fall by Bafana Matsebula, Regional Reference Person for Southern Africa.  

 


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