Ubumbano Partner Profile – Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute

SAFCEI, the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute, is a faith-based environmental organisation comprised of people of many faiths who are united in diversity through a common commitment to cherish living earth and to tackle issues of environmental injustice across the Southern and East African region. Through collaboration, networking, research and action, SAFCEI seeks to raise environmental awareness, engage in formulating policy and ethical guidelines and encourage environmental responsibility and action.

1. Invitation: Faith Leaders Training Programme (FLEAT)

SAFCEI is calling on people of faith in Zambia, particularly those in a position of leadership, who want to be actively involved in environmental advocacy within their own community and beyond.  SAFCEI believes that people of faith have a moral imperative to speak against the socio-ecological injustices that face Africa’s peoples and our surrounding environment. In witnessing for the Earth, SAFCEI believes that faith leadership at local level can share our local experiences, network with each other, and learn from each other how best to advocate for the change we want to see. We are coordinating a faith leadership advocacy programme that provides a platform for common action across the region (see https://safcei.org/project/fleat/  for more information about the previous FLEAT.

Please note that this introduction meeting will be held online on the Zoom App on 19-21 May 2021. If selected to be part of this programme, participants have to make sure that they have a secure Wi-Fi/ Data connection. Data will be provided by SAFCEI. The due date for applications is Monday 10 May 2021. Please contact Zainab Adams on zainab@safcei.org.za for more information.

2. Invitation: Faith and Energy Eco-Justice Project

SAFCEI, a multi faith organisation engaged in eco advocacy, is looking for leaders of all faiths who are keen to join a national peer-learning and capacity-building eco-advocacy project.

We have an opportunity to explore practical aspects of faith based Earthkeeping and facilitate behavioural transformation through education, advocacy and engagement.  Over the next 3 years, we will be working with faith leaders from the Western Cape (greater Cape Town area), Northern Cape, The Karoo and Eastern Cape (particularly around Gqeberha), on energy issues which will impact policy at both community and national levels.

Participation is free, and will include both online and in-person meetings approximately 3 times per year. Travel and data costs will be covered. Please complete the attached form and submit to revberry@safcei.org.za by Tuesday 11 May.