Talley Diggs (Kenya)


Talley Diggs (Kenya)

Talley is a graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where she is pursuing a Master’s in International Affairs with a focus in security. During the spring of 2017, Talley worked for the UN Foundation’s Better World Campaign, which promotes the critical work of the UN and lobbies for a strong US-UN partnership. This experience taught her advocacy skills that will be incredibly valuable during her tenure as a Peace Fellow in Kenya. Prior to moving to DC for grad school, Talley had several beneficial cross-cultural experiences that contributed to her passion for international affairs and development. Talley is originally from Oxford, Mississippi, and traveled to a different country for the first time when she interned abroad while an undergrad at the University of Mississippi. During the summer of 2013, Talley lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and worked for the World Food Programme supporting assistance programs for refugee camps and schools. In addition, Talley moved to eastern France to teach English in a high school following her graduation in 2015. She is thrilled to return to East Africa and explore her academic interests within the conflict resolution context of the Children’s Peace Initiative! At the conclusion of her time in Kenya, Talley reflected on her Peace Fellowship by saying, "My fellowship with CPI Kenya gave me invaluable field experience and a beautiful opportunity to change the lives of others through service. I am eternally grateful to AP for the friends I made through my host organization and the technical skills I gained to pursue a career in development". Want to contribute to her peace-building efforts in Kenya? Click here: https://goto.gg/28723



04 Aug

Meet Members of the CPI Team!

Today is my last day in the CPI Kenya office. The last day to pray that the internet connection lasts longer than ten minutes at a time, to use our building’s delightful squatty potty, and to enjoy a 2 pm lunchbreak at Sam Jan Cafe for $1.30. It’s the last day to work alongside the […]

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Posted Aug 04, 2017

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31 Jul

Advocacy Quilting: A Labor of Love by CPI’s Beneficiaries

Mama Caleb and Mama Faith unfurled a blanket in the shade of a tree and got to work on the quilt. The two women sat in silence for three hours while they meticulously beaded the cloth swaths I’d given them with impressive dexterity. Mama Faith stitched a camel in bright blue, orange, and yellow beads […]

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Posted Jul 31, 2017

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31 Jul

From Student to Teacher: The 16-Year-Old Peacemaker

“Peace Camp made me very happy,” Tanapa told me with a nostalgic smile. The 16-year-old Samburu boy and I stood in the corner of a dusty field watching the ongoing Peace Camp. I had met Tanapa two days prior when I had arrived at Logorate Primary School with CPI Kenya to host an inter-tribal Peace […]

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Posted Jul 31, 2017

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25 Jul

Dad, Meet My Pokot Friend: A Story of Friendship Made at Peace Camp

Lotit drove his motorcycle up the gravel drive to the entrance of Logorate Primary School and parked outside a classroom overflowing with a choir of children’s voices. Lotit had traveled from his Samburu village to visit his daughter, Chebet, who was two days into CPI Kenya’s Peace Camp. When Chebet found her father leaning against […]

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Posted Jul 25, 2017

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18 Jul

Voices of the Opposition: Fighting for Change & Hoping for Peace in Kenya

“If NASA does not win the election, you will find me fighting in the streets.” It was a little after 3 p.m. when the music flooded through the office window. The pounding bass and a DJ’s voice rose from below as the streets flooded with a parade of cars and flatbed trucks carrying heavy sound […]

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Posted Jul 18, 2017

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06 Jul

Electoral Lessons from the Slums: When You Got Nothing, You Got Nothing to Lose

“We are nobodies. If we don’t throw stones, no one will pay attention to us. Nothing is lost when our lives are lost,” a student in Huruma slum uttered despondently during a peace training. Last week CPI conducted trainings of community “Peace Ambassadors” for over 80 students at University Mtaani, the first and only higher […]

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Posted Jul 06, 2017

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23 Jun

Teach Your Children Well: CPI Kenya Brings Peace to Samburu County

The Peace That Came with Friendship I’ve just returned from my first trip to the field with Children Peace Initiative Kenya. My goal was clear: travel to Samburu and Pokot villages outside Maralal, meet and interview beneficiaries, and come to understand the effect CPI has had on these communities over the last five years. The […]

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Posted Jun 23, 2017

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14 Jun

Kenyan Road Trip: Off to Find Peace in Samburu County

The CPI team is driving into the sunset, our van running parallel to five zebras, when the Director, Hilary, breaks into “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music. Click here to listen! The fading light refracts in the cyclone of dust that surrounds our speeding Land Cruiser, driven by our captain, Francis. To his left in […]

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Posted Jun 14, 2017

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04 Jun

Karibu sana Kenya: My Arrival

Seated on the balcony of my summer home, I watch the sunlight fade from my fourth day in Nairobi. Below the balcony, I can hear Chris and Jared—two of the guards who patrol my complex’s gated entrance—commenting on a soccer match they are live streaming on a smartphone. Closing my eyes, I listen to the […]

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Posted Jun 04, 2017

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30 May

Questions of Kenya: Pre-Departure Reflection

“Turn your statements into questions.” This is the advice I received from my professor when I told her of my upcoming adventure in Kenya to work with the Children Peace Initiative (CPI). In her simple suggestion, she had immediately recognized the purpose of my fellowship: supporting local solutions to local problems. Her advice alludes to […]

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Posted May 30, 2017

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