"Becky Chinchen, founder of Amani ya Juu, vividly recalls stopping at a checkpoint 18 years ago with her family, starting their long journey into exile. After several attempts to stay in Liberia, they were forced to leave. “We are here to share God’s peace" were Becky’s words as she faced the barrel of a gun carried by a child soldier in the village of Lapia. “I’m not here for peace, I‘m here to kill!” were the words shouted back. These words still echo in her memory today. This was Becky’s last attempt to plea for peace as she evacuated, leaving Liberian soil for what she imagined would be forever.
In 1996, Amani ya Juu was founded in Kenya, far away from the Liberian war. Amani offered a place where wounds could heal, life could be resuscitated, and purpose could be restored. Peace was lived out in Kenya and soon passed to sister centers in Rwanda, Burundi, and Washington, D.C. And now, God’s peace for families and communities is ready to come full circle with Amani Liberia.
Where war robbed an entire nation of peace through brutal civil conflict, Amani ya Juu became a haven of peace. Where peace had been snuffed out many years ago in the little Liberian border town, peace will be passed again.
Amani is coming to Liberia, usurping the power of the evil, and reclaiming the country with God’s peace - Amani ya Juu!" -Amani Newsletter
If you don't know the history of Liberia, it's an amazing story of a war-torn country fighting its way from complete chaos to a place where peace and hope are being restored. If you want to learn more about Liberia, I highly recommend watching the documentary- Pray The Devil Back To Hell.
Anyway, back to the point- in January I will be moving to Liberia where I will be working to open Amani's newest location. I will be assisting in the creation of a new line of clothing, and helping put together a fashion show that will be the grand opening celebration. The goal is for the doors to open by March of 2011, which is just around the corner. For more information about the newest addition to the Amani foundation, please read the article here. And if you are interested in supporting my cause, or know someone that is, please don't hesitate to email me at email@example.com or donate using the pay pal link located on the right sidebar of my blog.