Posts Categorized: News-and-events

CFP Senior Fellow John Caulker on Ebola in Sierra Leone

John Caulker, Senior Fellow at Catalyst for Peace and Executive director at Fambul Tok, appeared on MidPoint to give an update on Ebola in Sierra Leone. He discussed the impact of the disease and how groups like his are handling the marathon fight of against it, as well as what’s happening with children orphaned by Ebola.

Blog banner image (c) Sara Terry for Catalyst for Peace

Libby discusses “Forgiving the Unforgivable” at TEDx

In Libby’s TEDxDirigo talk on “Forgiving the Unforgivable,” she describes the values and processes at the center of Fambul Tok.

From her introduction:

“Most of the media coverage we are privy to portrays Africa as a place of darkness, despair, disease, conflict, and  savagery in many respects. On somewhat of a flip-side of that, we also hear a lot about how we have a ‘save Africa.” We see lots of stories about move ….Keep reading this post >

Community-Driven Action is needed for effective Ebola response: Libby Hoffman in the Building Peace Forum

CFP founder and President Libby Hoffman wrote an article for the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace Forum, linking inside-out, community-owned and led peacebuilding to effective Ebola response. Her article highlights the powerful impact of Fambul Tok’s Peace Mothers groups in preventing the spread of Ebola and helping communities respond constructively.

An excerpt:

This ‘inside-out’ approach holds great promise for effective Ebola response, as Fambul Tok’s newly-empowered community leaders are showing ….Keep reading this post >

BCN Report – Communities Weigh in on Ebola Response

As a part of efforts to strengthen community representation in Ebola response, Catalyst for Peace supported the creation of the Bridging Communities Network (BCN), a coalition of leading national NGOs in Sierra Leone and over 30 community based organizations, that formed in October, 2014 to facilitate a community-led response to country’s Ebola crisis.

Concerned by the lack of channels for community voices and perspectives in the national and international Ebola response, the ….Keep reading this post >

Fambul Tok filmmaker interview

In an interview from the world premiere of Fambul Tok at SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas in the spring of 2011, Producer/Executive Producer Libby Hoffman and Director/Producer Sara Terry talk about their motivations in making the film, the approach they took, and their hopes for the impact it can have in the world.

Blog banner image (c) Sara Terry for Catalyst for Peace

CFP Senior Fellow John Caulker to NPR: “Ebola Is Real”

Yesterday, CFP Senior Fellow and Fambul Tok Executive Director John Caulker appeared on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered. He told host Scott Simon what the outbreak looks like on the ground.

Caulker: This is the major communication we are trying to pass on to the authorities, not just to the government of Sierra Leone, to the U.S. government, to the British, to all those who are coming to our ….Keep reading this post >