Peace Builders


Karim Ajania


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Karim grew up in Kenya and holds graduate degrees from Harvard and MIT.

Pascal Bashombana

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Pascal Bashombana was born in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

After finishing primary school in Bukavu, Congo, he pursued secondary school and university in Goma. Pascal is the Co-founder of CAMME/DRC, a non profit organization, that supports and empowers marginalized and exploited youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He worked as freelancer and translator for different western organizations and film crews and he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To visit Pascal’s personal website click here.

Pascal continues to pursuing his dream of helping children in Africa and around the world.

Rutendo Urenje

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Rutendo is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe and is currently studying for a Masters in International Human Rights Law at Lund University, Sweden.

Prior to this, Rutendo spent five years at Rhodes University, South Africa, studying for both a Social Sciences and a Law degree. During her studies she worked for the Rhodes University’s Community Engagement office as a student liaison officer. In her own words:

I earnestly have a passion to serve people, especially children who may not have developed the capacities to help themselves.”

In Sweden, she has been actively volunteering at both Save the Children Gotland and Save the Children Lund. Rutendo is also a project leader for the Kids in Transit Project in Lund.

In addition to being fluent in both English and Shona, Rutendo has a working knowledge of French, Afrikaans and Ndebele.

Libby Hoffman

Libby Hoffman is the founder and President of Catalyst for Peace, a Portland, Maine-based foundation that mobilizes locally-owned and led peacebuilding and reconciliation in conflict and post-conflict settings, and pioneers in storytelling to share the lessons of this work with the world.

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She co-founded Fambul Tok (Family Talk), which brings victims and perpetrators from the civil war in Sierra Leone together for the first time in village-level, tradition-based ceremonies of truth-telling and forgiveness, reknitting the torn fabric of the community in the process.

She produced the award-winning documentary about this work, Fambul Tok, and is lead author of the book of the same name, published by Umbrage, 2011. Libby has been active in peace-building for 25 years in a variety of capacities – professor, trainer, facilitator, program director, consultant, and funder. A former Political Science professor at Principia College, she left academia to focus on the practice of conflict resolution and peace-building.

She has developed and led conflict resolution training programs in corporate, congregational, educational and community settings.

Libby holds an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a BA in Political Science from Williams College.