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Leadership and Empowerment Training with High School Students in Africa

September 2015 Today I went to the Kagimoso Secondary School in Gaborone, Botswana and met with 40 teens who are leaders in various school clubs. This school is where children from the poorest sectors in the city go. Many of them are orphans and were born infected with HIV, although it is kept a secret … Continue reading

Empathy and Communication with HIV Health Workers in Botswana

Empathy and Communication with HIV Health Workers in Botswana There are many thousands of children and teens infected with HIV in Botswana, the virus transmitted to them at birth. Sometimes the same healthcare worker will follow these children from birth on, and many of these toung people  are now in their teens. About 30 doctors … Continue reading

Women Empowering Each Other through Friendship at the Kagiro Women’s Shelter in Botswana

The Kagiro Women’s Shelter: Finding our voices as women and using communication to empower ourselves. A group of about 10 women and one man— clients and staff of the only shelter for women seeking refuge from domestic violence in Botswana—came to an NVC workshop this week at the shelter׳s office. As an ‘NVC trainer’, I … Continue reading

How About Global Teen Empowerment Institutes?

In Botswana this week, I have shared nonviolent communication and leadership training in two secondary schools, with university students, and with teens who attended a parenting class. This is a country that has a median age of 26 . I’ve been reflecting on how, throughout the world, teens are often looked at as ” the … Continue reading

NVC Advocacy Training for “Ex offenders” in Botswana

In September I had the opportunity to introduce Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to Botswana. I offered NVC to a grassroots organization of Botswanans who have served time in prison, (BIRRO,) to staff and clients at a shelter for women who have fled domestic violence (Kagisano), at schools, parenting groups and to doctors, counselors and nurses working … Continue reading