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KenyaNairobi, Kenya

Caroline Testud

About Me: 

Enough is Enough! Change is not an option it's a must! We are producing enough food to feed 12 billions people every day and we are 6 billions on earth: each man, woman or child dying from hunger or starving is a murder or a crime against humanity! How many ears must one person have before he/she can hear people cry? How many deaths will it take till he/she knows that too many people have died? How many years can some people exist before they are allowed to be free? And how many times can a man/woman turn his/her head and pretend that he/she doesn't see?
Women are too often victims of violence, rights denial, inequity, humiliation, illiteracy...but they are our biggest hope for the future: they are and will lead the Change this world need, it's our duty to unfailingly empower them.
I am a 32 years old French/World citizen and a woman committed to Peace and Social Justice. I am currently living and working in Kenya based in Nairobi in a pan African organisation (ACORD: Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development) with a view to empowering the most marginalised and holding African governments accountable and responsible before their people. As I do believe change will come from both the grassroots and the people in power I am personally committed to supporting the poorest for ensuring the basic needs every human deserves as mentioned in the UDHR: food security, living in peace, quality education, access to healthcare and freedom of expression. Then each human being will decide what he/she wants to do with his/her own life.
Because I am here, because I have seen and heard, because I refuse to give up, I am committed to engaging change in Kenya for and with the grassroots in Kibera, Migori, Kajiado, Chyulu...
With other fellow Kenyans I have founded a Civil Society non pofit Organisation, COPE (Coalition for Peace and Development in Kibera) whose vision is a peaceful Kibera community (second largest slum in the world whereby 1 million people live in absolute poverty right at the centre of Nairobi) embracing diversity and interacting freely on development issues.
Our mission is to stimulate linkages and strategic partnerships among peace and development stakeholders in Kibera, so as to enhance their responses towards peace and development needs to Kibera residents.
One of my dreams (for the Somali people and because my daughter, 6 months old, is half Somali) is also to see Somalia restore peace and development: Somalia is a world's forgotten catastrophe whereby more than 3 millions people are relying on humanitarian aid that can't reach them.
"Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free." H.H. The Dalai-Lama
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence...
All the Best and let's get connected! Together we're gonna make it: let's start the biggest social movement ever committed towards Social Justice and Sustainable Peace...

My Passions: 
Freedom, Peace, Horseriding, Wild, Self-Development, Psychology, Literature
My Challenges: 
I always feel I could do more and better...
My Vision for the Future: 
The future is not a gift, it's an achievement and every generation is challenged to make its own future. We exist to support the new generations of citizens who will soon make a new future for the World:a future free of corrupt leaders and bad governance
My Areas of Expertise: 
Fundraising, Capacity building, Consciousness-raising, Advocacy, Management, Project Coordination, Marketing/Communication
My Languages: 
French, English, Italian, Kiswahili (basic knowledge)

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