Friday, July 6, 2012
Stereotypes are problems that Africans face a lot. For example Somali people have been identified as pirates and terrorists but they are not. Africa is identified as a very poor continent even though Africa is very rich in culture and natural resourses. Africans are identified as illeterate, not brave and often seen as one, but in reality the continent is extremely diverse, and some countries in Africa even have their own writing system as for example Ethiopians do. Ethiopians and Somalis have defeated Italians when they were trying to colonize them, which shows that they are brave. Africa is also viewed as a very uncivilized place which is filled by jungle and Africans live in the jungle running around naked, but in reality most of Africa is urban and most Africans lead an urban life and wear clothes.
Posted by Peace in Focus at 4:09 PM
When immigrants first come to a new country they go through a lot of problems and hit a brick wall. Immigrants face problems economically, socially and they face some type of discrimination. Immigrants usually feel isolated and different but if they understand the fact that they are in the USA now and they are part America and they should still retain their culture. Moreover, if immigrants have community people and organizations by their side they are more likely to succeed and improve both economically and socially. On the other hand, immigrants almost always need help finding jobs and a good education and that’s usually what organizations are there for. For example, there is an organization in the Boston area called ACEDONE and it mainly focuses on youth’s education but always helps adults find jobs. They helped hundreds of new immigrants get a job and apply for social security, food stamps and other helping programs from the government. On the other hand, there is another organization SDC that helps African communities especially Somalis with any legal problems with the government such as jury duty, housing hearings and any problems with the law.
Posted by Peace in Focus at 3:23 PM
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Thank you to everyone (especially Youth In Action Somalia) who came out and supported our recent photography exhibit at United South End Settlements! The event featured artwork by youth in the US, Africa, and Caribbean. Inspiring youth participants from our Boston programs talked about their inspirations and experiences.
We are excited to continue bringing great programs this summer. Look for our photography exhibit opening in the gallery space in Boston City Hall this July and more workshops coming up in Boston and Mexico this summer!
Check out these photos from the "I AM" Photography Exhibit:
Posted by Renée at 5:00 PM
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thank you for sending us your photos for our "Homecoming" Photo Contest!
Check out this photo taken by Tatevik, a 23 year old from Yerevan Armenia:
This photo shows my room. My small, old room, which I designed with different posters, funny and cute stuff. I love and miss my small shelter where I spend all my life every time I leave.
Posted by Renée at 3:00 PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Peace in Focus Photo Exhibit
I Am: An Exploration of Identity Community and Homecoming
May 23, 2012 from 6-8pm
United South End Settlements
Posted by Renée at 9:03 AM
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
To start, take a look at their gift collection here. All orders of $75 or more include free shipping. Be sure to order by May 7th for prompt delivery and mention (Peace in Focus) to help us raise funds!
Posted by Renée at 10:46 AM
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Roxbury is a historically rich architectual community in Boston. It has recently become diversified and it remains " the Heart of Black Culture in Boston." Roxbury is one of the first towns founded in Massachusetts Bay in 1630. In today's time Roxbury has many historical places that have been rebuilt and restored throughout the city.
|John Eliot square was a strategic meeting point for soldiers during the Revolutionary War because its elevated Highland over Downtown Boston.|
|John Elliot was the most famous pastor of the First Church of Roxbury and was able to integrate Algonquin Indians to become full members of the Church.|
- By Kaynan Yassin, Sagal Yassin, Endkle Getachew, Mohamud Hussein, and Nasir Abdullahi
The meaning of peace is to communicate with other people with out any kind of violence or other problems. These pictures below shows us how peace works in a variety ways and helps to discourage violence. One way to keep peace is by keeping social justice.
Photographing Shakeem's Rest in Peace pin he wears to remeber his friend that was taken by violence in Boston.
created by: Antonio Stroud, Betsegaw Gillo, Yabetse Gillo and Sahro Muse
In every strong community positive male role models are necessary for the community to strive, but in Roxbury men are often depicted with negative stereotypes. This photo-essay specifically targets males in this community because they historically have had a great influence in their neighborhoods. Men in under-privileged communities are often stereotyped, looked down on and faced with prejudice from on-lookers. This photo-essay sheds light on an alternative view of men in the community and challenges traditional stereotypes.
Photo by: Ruth Densamo
We met 16 year old Marcus standing near John Eliot Square saying he wants to be viewed as equal. "I don't want to be higher or lower than anyone, but equal."
Photo by: Misgana Alemu
At first glance these young men, parked at Jeep Jones Park, could be seen as threats, but since their arrival they have just been socializing.
Photo by: Ruth Densamo
The boy on the right, Shakeem, stands with Peace in Focus training member, Antonio, in front of Juba Market & Cafe. He carries a pin with a picture of his brother, Jauwan Martin who was lost to gun violence on Heath Street.
Photo by: Ruth Densamo
In this picture, you see an older male spending time with a younger male in Jeep Jones Park. The importance of an older and younger male relationship is emphasized.
Photo by: Selam Dejene
This hand belongs to Emmanuel Alemu. This picture, taken in Jeep Jones Park, is a positive example that symbolizes the peace that the men in this community strive for.
Photo by: Misgana Alemu
Peace in Focus is the non-profit organization that funded the photography class that enabled the students to take the above pictures.
Selam Dejene, Naima Abdullahi, Ruth Densamo, Hawa Yassin and Misgana Alemu
Posted by Peace in Focus at 6:11 PM
Monday, February 13, 2012
Frederick Clermont is a member of the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of Mercy Corps. An inspiration to young people in Haiti and the world, his message challenges us to be leaders in our own communities.
Posted by Renée at 11:52 PM
Friday, February 3, 2012
Lycée Toussaint Louverture, Fondé le 26 Septembre 1946, situé a la rue St. Honoré est l’une des Plus grand Lycée de la Capitale.
Le college St. Louis Roi de France est l’une des institution privée du pays,située a l’avenue Charles Summer.
Lycee Toussaint Louverture: Il n’a jamais su dire non a la vie, on lui fait confiance. Et tout leader qu’il est, resistant et immortel ne fait acception d’aucune ordre naturelle. Secousses ou tremblement sous ces deux pieds restent ferme et marche… Recours pour plus d’un milier de jeunes, aide a la remontee de l’education, instruit, forme et forge des citoyens, des cadres et de leaders pour demain.
College Saint Louis Roi de France : Meme quand tout semblait se voiler dans les brouillards des successions des evenements, malgre le destin fatal que lui dansait les aventures de ses plus sombres jours, quand au loin l’horizon de ses portes multipliait le chaos de savie en pluralites de mysteres incontournables, son drapeau dans l’etandar de l’histoire fera encore route ves ce pour qui il a vu le jour…
On reconnait le guerrier aux cicatrices de son épée. : Lycée Toussaint Louverture, College Saint Louis Roi de France comme un phœnix renaissent de leur cendres, attendent leur heure pour transformer leur légende jusque par delà les horizons…
Membres du groupe : Rony Jean Louis, Sadam Benoit, Roosen Charles Fils, Hans Anthony
Posted by Peace in Focus at 12:20 PM
Que les conditions sont bonnes ou mauvaises, le transport en Haïti nous montre que la réalité sociale reste intacte. Mais pour qu’il y ait un changement, il faut la participation de tout un chacun. Alors à vous de voir ce qu’il faut améliorer.
La journée s’annonce plutôt bien, très ensoleillée… le dynamisme quotidien est au rendez-vous.
Par ailleurs, monsieur l’imprévisible, le klaxon des voitures, le vrombissement des moteurs mènent la danse.
Encore… encore… encore et encore et plus on devient fatigué, impatient et on s’attend chacun à faire le prochain arrêt.
Un peu d’eau ne serait de trop et le trafic interminable attire d’autres activités commerciales.
Ouf !!! Enfin c’est l’arrêt, tous deux sont sortis assez satisfaits.
Mais la journée est elle rentable ?... On l’espère bien….
Remerciement à nos reporters :
Eugene Anne Vayola
Julien Luxon Ludanho
Lamery Samuel Guisseppe
Sainvil Giovanna Vannessa
Remerciement spécial à Peace in Focus
Daniel David, Kate, Renee et Makeda
Tous droits réservés Février 2012
Posted by Peace in Focus at 12:18 PM