Editor’s note: Looking around the world, we can find that many people in developing countries have suffered from atrocities imposed by state authorities for power struggles. Every killing left all kinds of traumas on victims, making them impossible to look into the future. The “FOCUS” of this issue shares how CEDAR’s partner in Rwanda healed the trauma left over from the genocide against the Tutsi and engaged in community reconciliation work based on cultural traditions. “BACK TO THE BIBLE” explores the scriptural context of “Seventy-seven Times”, bringing out that forgiveness is the voluntary action of the victim, and seeking the truth is the basis for reconciliation. In addition, we share our children and youth development project that CEDAR has been supporting for many years in Zimbabwe.
[“SHARE” JAN – MAR 2021 ] FOCUS
Written by: Edward Lai (Senior Communications Officer)
“I give you this calf as a mark of reconciliation” says Innocent, a survivor in the genocide in Rwanda.
Continue reading “Give You this Calf as a Mark of Reconciliation” – Road to Reconciliation after the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda
Candidates and their supporters would campaign for themselves when election days approach, often in the form of local campaigns, stations, and internet propagandas. Child sacrifice for the sake of election is unheard of in Hong Kong, but might not be so uncommon in Uganda, Africa.
Continue reading Oppressions beyond Poverty: Child Sacrifice in Uganda
[ ‘SHARE’ Nov-Dec 2015 ] TAKING ACTION
Written by: Sara
Loathing for unfair trading
People often think of Africa’s poverty and unending problems. Colonial aggression severely exploited African lives and natural resources, African raw materials such as cotton, coffee and cocoa beans were bought way below market price by European countries but resold worldwide as high-end products after further processing. European traders made the maximum profit while African farmers remained destitute and exposed to the risk of losing everything if disaster strikes. Isn’t it ironic that many such farmers never tasted the coffee or chocolate they grew because they could not afford it?
Continue reading A Move for Fair-trade in Africa | Sara
For the past 13 years, CEDAR Fund has organized Barefoot Walk to fundraise for our projects and to let participants experience what it means to live in poverty. In 2014, seeing the seriousness of urban poverty around the world, we want to take our participants into slums and take a glimpse at the lives of the 900 million slum dwellers around the world. Linking to this event is to fundraise for community development projects in slums of India, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, and we seek to encourage everyone through the experiential activities to think about how poverty has robbed people of their dignity and the opportunities they should have.
Continue reading TWO Weeks Countdown to 2014 CEDAR Barefoot Walk
[ ‘SHARE’ Sept-Oct 2014 ] FOCUS – POVERTY REDUCTION
Written by: Mindy Kwan
When “poverty” is mentioned, media images of starving African children, toiling peasants in isolated mountains of China, and war refugees come to mind…. Our hearts ache for them and wish that they have money, access to resources and schools, believing that these are the solutions to poverty. Half a year ago I joined CEDAR as part of their co-worker team and then realised that “poverty” is not really about lack of money, but is in fact the lack of choices.
Continue reading Moving Our World | Mindy
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In 1814, Napoleon lost and Paris fell; in 1914, World War I started; it’s now 2014 and humans still have yet to learn from history. There are people being plunged into an abyss of misery and our land is beset by war. From the news and messages circulating on online communication media, people are extremely concerned about the brutalities of ISIS, an extremist Islamic organisation in Iraq. Children and civilians are killed or forced to leave their home in great fear. The world has no idea how to bring this to an end.
Continue reading The Letter from CEDAR | August 2014