RECONCILE International was established in August, 2003,
as an affiliate church organization by the New Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC)
in an endeavor to mitigate conflicts between communities and tribes in New
Sudan due to civil war, tribal wars, and numerous human rights violations.
The civil war for the past 21 years has had a dramatic affect upon the peoples
of South Sudan resulting in an environment where it is difficult for communities
to build trust, heal memories of trauma, transform conflict and promote reconciliation.
RECONCILE was established with the specific role of promotion and training
in conflict transformation that includes issues of psychosocial rehabilitation,
trauma awareness and reconciliation, promotion and training on issues of democratization
and good governance, and promotion of interfaith dialogue with the purpose
of widening human fulfillment and building foundations of responsible wellbeing
whereby people are able to experience a good quality of life.
Mr. Emmanuel LoWilla, Executive Director – Currently completing an
MA in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University, USA; Post Graduate
Diploma in Development Studies specializing in management of community based
organizations from St. Francis Xavier University, Canada; MSc. Forest Management
Aberdeen University, Scotland Over 10 years of experience in the area of peace-building
with New Sudan Council of Churches. Has served as the director of RECONCILE
since its inception in August, 2003. He has conducted scores of trainings
in the areas of peace building, civic education, and orientation of Sudanese
Ms. Milcah Lalam, Documentation and Dissemination officer - BA in Drama,
Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Has served on the RECONCILE staff since
September 2004. Milcah has received specialized training at Eastern Mennonite
University in the area of Drama and Trauma Healing
Ms. Lillian Masafu, Accountant – Certified Public Accountant. Trained
at Strathmore College Nairobi, Kenya. Has served on the RECONICLE staff since
March, 2004. Previously served 14 years as the accountant of the press department
of the All Africa Council of Churches based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Del Braaksma, Rehabilitation and Reintegration Coordinator - MS degree
from the University of Edinburgh in Tropical Animal Health and Production,
with coursework in community development. Joined RECONCILE in Sept 2005. 11
years of experience as a mission worker in Kenya in the area of community
development and as Midwest Program Manager for Heifer Project Intl. Received
training from Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) in Group Facilitation Methods
and Facilitating Conciliation as well as trauma healing from Eastern Mennonite.
Rev. Debra Braaksma, Programmes Manager– Master of Theology degree
from the University of Edinburgh in Theology and Development and professional
training in social work. Joined RECONCILE in Sept. 2005. Served for 11 years
as a mission worker in Kenya in the area of community development and for
7 years as Supervisor of Reformed Church in America mission programs in Africa
and on the board of the Washington Office on Africa. Received training from
(ICA) in Facilitating Conciliation as well as trauma healing from Eastern
Mr. Vincent Edema – Receptionist/messenger. Has served with RECONCILE
since Jan. 2005. Previously served with the New Sudan Council of Churches.