After decades of fighting, the Nigerian government offered a special program to encourage citizens to lay down their arms. The Nigerian Amnesty Re-entry Program includes counseling, assessments, nonviolent transformation training and job assistance to help them prepare for re-entering their communities. Over 20,000 Nigerians have laid down their arms. LaFayette & Associates, an American based Kingian Nonviolent company, was selected by the Nigerian government to provide Nonviolent Transformational Training. The Kingian trainers, have trained over 16, 000 since the program was initiated, July, 2010. Trained through the Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies in 2007, and selected by Br. Bernard LaFayette to participate in the amnesty program, Priscilla Dames became a lead trainer.
“I’m honored to have been selected to participate in this historical endeavor. Each time I returned to Nigeria, I was reminded of the magnitude of this program and the impact it has on peacemaking in Nigeria. I leave with a deep sense of fulfillment and connection I’ve had with the thousands of men and women I’ve worked with. I had looked forward to experiencing this type of opportunity after many years as trainer. It is a real win.”
Guests will share and toast their WINS with champagne at Books and Books, 265 Aragon, December 8, 5:00-7:00!