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Watch our video about Junt@s!

Watch our video about Junt@s!

A while ago we visited La Merced, a charming little town situated at a mountaintop in the middle of the Andes region in Colombia. The reason why we went there was to make a movie about Junt@s (together), a foundation for women, where they learn different kinds of hand crafts and at the same time aquire life skills and...
Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) – a way to conflict transformation?

Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) – a way to conflict transformation?

Earlier in this blog David wrote about how music can affect conflicts, and how it can be helpful in conflict transformation. Other forms of art have also proven to be useful tools in this regard, and in this blog post I want to take a closer look at the art form of live action role-playing, or...
The environment and conflict and resolution

The environment and conflict and resolution

Image by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes   How can the environment affect conflicts? What is the link between the environment and violent conflicts? How can we take the environment into consideration when trying to resolve conflicts? In this blog post we will take a closer look on these and other questions regarding this theme.   The environment...
We teach life, sir!

We teach life, sir!

Written by Omar Al Sayed My name is Omar Al Sayed, I’m 23 years old. I’m a Palestinian refugee living in a camp called Rashidieh in the south of Lebanon, and I’ve been living in this camp since I was born. I went to school in the camp until I had finished high school. Everything...
A sneak peek from the Savannah

A sneak peek from the Savannah

What do Jirafas do in their spare time? They go kart racing of course! Since the start of February there almost haven’t been a week without at least one trip to the go-kart track here in Medellín. It’s just so much fun!   Here you can watch the amazing skills of David and Juanda: (Us...
First week in Colombia

First week in Colombia

Now we’ve been in here in Medellín, Colombia for a little bit more than a week, and the first impression is even better than I thought it would be. For me who have grown up in a place full of mountains, Medellín feels a little bit like home. It’s green everywhere, with nice parks, and...
Verden i Bergen Christmas party!

Verden i Bergen Christmas party!

Friday last week we hosted a party for the ones that attended Verden i Bergen earlier this summer and fall (you can read more about that here and here). It was a traditional Norwegian Christmas party, with rice porrigde, ginger bread, Christmas soda and lots of candy. Of course we also hid some almonds in the porridge,...
Trip to Lebanon!

Trip to Lebanon!

Last week I had a very different and exciting trip. I went to Lebanon, to visit a refugee camp and live there for some days. This was not a part of The Jirafa Project, but of another project by the organization Fantasiforbundet. This project also is about writing and editing a book, but about a slightly different...
Inner conflict

Inner conflict

Image from www.amenclinics.com   When we think about conflict, what we most often have in mind are disagreements between persons or armed conflicts at national or international level. Another kind of conflict is the inner conflict, the kind were we are in conflict with ourselves. There are different types of inner conflict. One that most of...
What do the Norwegian Jirafas and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway have in common?

What do the Norwegian Jirafas and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway have in common?

Well, apart from the obvious: Today they all celebrated Global Dignity Day!   Since 2011, dignity has had it’s own day, the 3rd Wednesday of October. On this day volunteers all over the world go to schools to hold workshops about this topic. One of the three initiative takers is the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon,...
A peek into the Jirafa office: The song of the month!

A peek into the Jirafa office: The song of the month!

Something we discovered early was that May Linn really loves to listen to music. Preferably one song. Many times. But we love her anyway, and we can’t help loving the songs either. 😀   Here is our September song. Enjoy!  
Looking for Jirafas?

Looking for Jirafas?

Sigrid: We need to fill gasoline. May Linn: Sure, lets do it at the next gas station. Sigrid: So, how do you notice when the tank is full? May Linn: Well, wont it start running gasoline out of the tank hole when it’s full? Sigrid:  Ok, it’s not like it will explode or anything? May...