As our programmes grow in scale in a particular community, they reach a point where two priorities can emerge to make establishment of a Satellite Office necessary:
- Legal registration of Generations For Peace as an organisation under local laws. This is important to strengthen credibility and engagement with local governmental and non-governmental organisations, and to strengthen administrative effectiveness. Until separate registration becomes a priority, these needs are met through formal partnerships with Local Programme Partners.
- Administrative office capacity to support programmes and act as a coordination link with Generations For Peace Headquarters in Amman. Such offices respond to the growing demand coming from the volunteers and communities, and ensures programme sustainability. Until a separate office becomes a priority, these needs are met through value-in-kind support of a Local Programme Partners.
Such Satellite Offices – run by volunteers, for volunteers – help design, plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate ongoing local programmes in coordination with Generations For Peace Headquarters in Amman. The Offices are direct links between the Headquarters on one side and local community with its volunteers on the other, ensuring that the community needs are being met, and programme sustainability achieved.
Generations For Peace Satellite Offices are currently registered in:
- Nigeria: in Kaduna
- Somalia: in Garowe and Mogadishu
- South Sudan: in Juba
- Sudan: in Khartoum
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: in Sarajevo
- Georgia: in Tbilisi.
Since 2008, Eric John has volunteered for different organisations working with children and women NIgeria. This work stimulated in him a growing passion for development. Four years later in 2012, he was introduced to and trained by Generations For Peace as a fourth-generation Pioneer and has since been involved in the planning and implementation of Sport For Peace Programmes for Youth with both secondary school girls and with male youth leaders in Kaduna, Empowerment For Peace Programmes with women, Advocacy for Peace Programmes, and Community Initiatives in 10 communities within Kaduna. Eric attended the Generations For Peace Advanced Training 2015 and has participated in seven Participatory Evaluations of different GFP programmes.
Having grown up in a society where violence in the form of religious, tribal, ethnic, and political conflict largely impedes his country from developing as a nation, Eric finds it incredibly important to become involved in working with those that are often the most vulnerable: children, widows, and youth. He is inspired by peace-building activities: though he began with almost no experience, the more he becomes involved, the more he finds fulfillment and internal peace in doing what he does – promoting peaceful coexistence always gives him reason and inspiration to do more.
Currently, Eric is the Administrative Officer of GFP’s satellite office in Kaduna, Nigeria. He is also a friend and a husband to Nzandikan Bako and a father to Elmira Eric. His greatest passion is to pass on knowledge.