Susan notes: I met the beautiful and amazing Ann Njeri at the Initiatives of Change Tools for Change conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2009.
Although still a relatively young (she’s in her mid-twenties), Ann Njeri bowled me over with her confidence, energy, positive outlook and wit. Over a period of three days, I had the pleasure of sharing 12 hours with her and a group of about ten other women from around the world in a Peace Circle led by Jean Brown and Ann Njeri herself. It was a moving and transformational experience.
Several days later I interviewed Ann Njeri on video, but have been unable to extract the footage I shot of her telling her powerful story of personal forgiveness. Luckily, she also had a soft copy, which you can read here.
Ann Njeri sent the email below to her circle of friends, which I imagine spans the globe. It’s a thought-provoking piece from a brave young woman.
The Action for Life programme is now officially finished!
The seven and a half months programme has passed so fast that I feel
like it has just been seven days. But in terms of the experience
gained, it’s difficult not to think that I have been in this programme
for seven years! Talk of inspirations, motivations, enriching, enlightening, challenges and hopes all round the programme. There is no
doubt that this is one of the few periods and times of my life that I
can never regret. A period that will always stand out in the journey of
I have had the privilege and honour of meeting and interacting with
policy makers as well as the policy implementers, street children as
well as the children of the state leaders. I visited peaceful people
and places as well as troubled people and places. I can not overlook
the fact that in the midst of all this, I was living in a very diverse
community of 35 people from 18 countries- Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims,
Christians, Free thinkers...and what have you!