Monday, 10 December, 2012
Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye, IofC’s liaison for the project, speaking to the Governors

The first comprehensive national reconciliation conference ‘to try and heal the mental wounds’ in the world’s newest nation after 40 years of war has been officially announced by South Sudan’s Vice-President, Dr Riek Machar Teny.

Monday, 10 December, 2012
Alex Martins

Edward Peters, Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye and Alex Martins visited Juba, the capital of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, at the end of November to discover more about the Common Action adopted at this year’s Global Assembly and seek ways in which the global network of IofC can best support the initiative. Alex Martins writes:

Monday, 15 October, 2012
Nyok and Catherine

It was Spring 1986 – just three years after my father was killed by the Khartoum regime. I was only eight years old. As my shallow memory recalls, it was night time and I had been playing with my friends when my home town, Malakal, came under attack. I was told to run, so I did. But I kept saying to the soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army that I needed to go back home and find my Mum, my brothers and sister.

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011
Aunty Carolyn Briggs, a Boonwurrung elder, giving the Welcome to Country. (Photo by Francis Deng)

From the Solomon Islands to South Korea, 136 delegates from over 17 countries gathered on Phillip Island, near Melbourne, Australia, for the 17th in a series of Asia Pacific Youth Conferences (APYC) organized by Initiatives of Change, 18-24 July 2011.

Friday, 15 April, 2011
Khalid Mohamadi (left) and Javed Orya (right)

Keith Mills tells the story of two young men from Afghanistan who have been staying at Asia Plateau, the Initiatives of Change centre in western India. Despite the great suffering they have endured, along with their fellow countrymen and women, they have returned to Afghanistan with hope and a vision for the future.

Thursday, 24 March, 2011
Participants and faculty of the Feb 2011 Life Matters course in Melbourne.

For the 21 young adults who participated in the Life Matters course in Melbourne, Australia, it was a life-changing experience. Over nine days in February, they examined issues of culture and identity, the wounds of history, forgiveness, conflict transformation and the moral and spiritual qualities needed to become a change-maker.

Thursday, 27 January, 2011
Yoko Hisano

Yoko Hisano, originally from Japan, now works in the field of interational education in the USA. She writes about what she learned through the Life Matters course and how it has affected the way she lives now.

Thursday, 14 October, 2010
Some of the participants and faculty

A Life-Matters weekend workshop, based on the full nine-day Life Matters course, took place in Sydney, 17-19 September for a diverse group of young adults at the Granville Community Centre.

Monday, 16 August, 2010

The sixth Basketball and Life-skills camp took place on Victoria's Philip Island, 9-11 July, bringing together 42 from 10 different communities, ranging in age from 14-27 years.

Thursday, 10 June, 2010
Gandhi meets the Japanese press (Photo: Nexco)

Mike Brown from Adelaide joined Rajmohan Gandhi and his wife Usha for a week hosted by IofC Japan, as part of the IofC International President's 14-nation “Voyage of Dialogue and Discovery”. Mike writes: