PeacePlayers International- Northern Ireland Managing Director Gareth Harper writes about the mixed emotions at PPI-NI in the run up to Christmas as they are expecting a new fellow Sally Nnamani and letting go of the current fellow Nasiphi Khafu.
On Monday of next week (30th of November) PPI will welcome the latest addition to its international staff as Sally Nnamani joins the team in Northern Ireland. Sally who is originally from Nigeria, but who has lived in New York since she was 10 years old, comes to PPI-NI with a background in sports and international development. Whilst we are obviously excited to have Sally join us, the run up to Chritsmas this term will be one of mixed emotions. As we welcome Sally we are also preparing ourselves to say goodbye to Nasiphi Khafu. Nasiphi has been with us for just a short 18 months, but in that time her bubbly personality, energy, passion and enthusiasm for her work and the mission of PeacePlayers have left an indelible mark on all of us.
The relationships Nasiphi has helped to develop and nurture with and between principals, teachers, community workers and of course the kids in South Belfast will be a lasting legacy of her contribution to the programme. It is the Senior Champions for Peace (her beloved C4P family) that will perhaps miss her most. In her short time with PPI-NI Nasiphi has nurtured the establishment of a strong and confident team of young leaders worthy certainly of the title PeacePlayers Champions for Peace. Her positive influence and great example has helped them to realize their potential and given them the confidence to start to play their part in making NI even better. This solid foundation is Nasiphi’s parting gift to PPI-NI and indeed to Sally as she will pick up where Nasiphi has lead to date.
Though change can be tough is also inevitable and can be extremely positive. Indeed every two years PeacePlayers programmes around the globe transition one-group of international fellows out and another new group in. This transition whilst emotional for all concerned facilitates a constant flow of talent, energy and ideas that helps keep all of us fresh. Our ‘hashtag’ strapline at PPI is #onceapeaceplayeralwaysapeaceplayer. This implies that a departure from PPI is less of a goodbye and more of a ‘au revior’. This rings particularly true for Nasiphi as our loss in Northern Ireland is PPI-SA’s gain. Nasiphi will be returning to her native South Africa to take up a leadership position as a Strategy and Operations Manager in the PeacePlayers programme there. Thank you Nasiphi for all that you have brought to the programme in NI. We have no doubt your infectious personality, professionalism and passion will help take the programme in SA to the next level.