Sister Pauline Nominated for Outstanding Leadership Award

Uganda Sister

Sr. Pauline Acayo has worked with many women’s group in Ugandan camps for displaced people to help them know their rights and heal past traumas. Photo by Debbie DeVoe/CRS

Sister Pauline Silver Acayo, head of CRS Uganda’s office in Gulu who visited U.S. parishes in the fall of 2008, has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Development Committee of the Association for Conflict Resolution. The committee presents this award annually to honor exceptional work done by organizations and individuals in promoting conflict resolution in development projects worldwide. This year the award will be given out in Chicago on September 1.

CRS Uganda has been working for many years with war-affected communities in the north. Sister Pauline has driven our conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts. She has worked with partners to reintegrate children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army back into their home communities, train these children in conflict resolution and trauma healing, form drama groups to share messages of peace, and help residents to resolve conflicts over land ownership.

Years later these community members are still using their skills to settle disputes in their communities. Other organizations in the area look to CRS for our expertise in implementing peacebuilding activities in northern Uganda. Congratulations Sister Pauline for being recognized for the wonderful impact you have in the greater Gulu area!

Reported by Debbie DeVoe, CRS’ regional information officer for eastern and southern Africa based in Nairobi

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