“This year, I took a team to Kenya, Kisumu “Dala Rieko” a peace Village founded by a Norwegian Friend Mr Tor Steinar Rafoss, after the conflict in Kenya during the 2007 election. We are now trying to implement the experience of community Peace Building in Kuron” said Emeritus Bishop Taban.
He says he does not doubt that Kuron will be a peace village as the Toposa community is responding well to the idea.
In 1999, the local communities ,the Toposa, Jie, Murle, Kachipo, Buya, Nyangatom and others who had been fighting over cattle (rustling) were trained how to grow fast maturing crops like cassava, fruits like paw paws and vegetables, use of improved variety of seeds and better farming methods like ox-ploughing and use of animal draught power.
The main purpose of introducing agriculture in Kuron village was to promote food production among a people who were predominantly pastoral communities and to gradually transform them into agro-pastoralists.
The Emeritus Bishop says he wants to make the Kuron Peace Village a true Peace Village, to enable the local communities be self-reliant.
The village is situated remotely in Kauto Payam, Kapoeta East County, Eastern Equatoria State in the Republic of South Sudan along the road from Narus to Boma.
The Peace Village is involved in certain Programmes and activities with the ultimate goal of Socio-economic development of the local community.
HTPVK is a registered Non-Profit Organization under the Catholic Diocese of Torit running various projects in the field of agriculture, education, health and peace building while constantly maintaining and upgrading its infrastructure and service delivery.