1. Update
  2. Peacebuilding

Peacebuilding in Action – On the Ground in Rwanda

By Maya Ulin-O'Keefe, September 17, 2018


During my fellowship at FCNL, I learned about the importance of advocating for U.S. policies that promote peace building and the peaceful prevention of deadly conflict. Now I am on the ground in Rwanda to learn how they are working to rebuild and reconcile communities following the 1994 genocide, which killed between 500,000 and 1 million people.

Maya Ulin-O’Keefe

Maya with a view of Kigali in the background

My fellowship with FCNL taught me the importance of pairing legislative advocacy with locally-led peacebuilding efforts. Now that I am here, I look forward to beginning my work at the Friends Peace House (FPH), a Rwandan Quaker organization in Kigali that works on refugee reintegration, post-conflict reconciliation and vocational training.

I look forward to assisting in FPH’s peacebuilding work, exploring Rwanda and its rich history, and building my connection to Quakerism as I work alongside Quaker peacebuilders here.

Maya Ulin-O'Keefe

  • Program Assistant, Peacebuilding Program

Maya Ulin-O’Keefe was a FCNL Young Fellow from 2017-2018. With FCNL’s support she received a grant from the Pickett Endowment and Lyman Fund to spend six months in Rwanda working with the Friends Peace House in Kigali (Rwanda’s capital).