Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

Practice and Guiding Principles 

To achieve the shared vision of nurturing life-affirming actions, there are some guiding principles that the Nile Journeys adheres to. Care has been taken to ensure that these practices, rooted in indigenous knowledge and African wisdom, are aligned with the aims of Nile Journeys; to create a safe space for dialogue, foster a culture of peace, enhance connectivity between citizens of the Nile basin and nurture life-affirming practices. The Nile Journeys works to implement these guiding principles in the day to day operation of the organization as well as in its broader functioning to embrace and embody the values. 

Guiding Principles

Being with the land. We treat land with respect, we regenerate and care for nature and honour all forms of life. We contribute to enhance Life on Land and Life below Water. We are conscious of our impact and act responsibly.

Witnessing the subtle. We take the time to slow down and allow ourselves to hear the voices and signals of all sentient beings and to receive information from every corner of the system, whether coming from the periphery or  the centre, however small or big they may be. We trust that life surrounds us beyond that which  our senses can perceive.

Listening loudly. We listen with an open mind and heart. We allow ourselves to engage in authentic relationships with each other and our surroundings. We are present to what is and approach each other and life with curiosity and humbleness.

Celebrating diversity. We see the beauty and wisdom in all different forms of life and invite the uniqueness of each one to cross pollinate the others. We embrace the African concept of Ubuntu: the belief in a deep universal bond of sharing that connects all beings.

Cultivating deep trust. Our soil is rich in stories and experiences. In order to keep it alive, fertile and supportive for all, we strive to foster the nurturing condition of trust at all times.   that . We, therefore, give rise to environments where peace and fair practices can flourish for all.

Illuminating multiple stories. We welcome all stories that shape the history and heritage of a land, a person, a community or an entire ecosystem. This allows us to gain multiple perspectives and to become mindful of what we might not be aware of.

Connecting translocally. By weaving across existing and perceived boundaries, we strengthen our shared resilience and enable new narratives to emerge and new stories to be lived. We reconnect with each other and come into our shared humanity.

Transitioning collectively. We believe that the challenges we face can only be met with joint efforts. In order to transition regeneratively together, we enable each other to be present, we hold space for healing to emerge, welcoming the not knowing and tapping into our collective wisdom.

The NILE Journeys believes these guiding principles will help in fostering the bold dream that it carries. It hopes to be a living example of a life embodying these principles, thus paving the way for others to adopt these principles as well. 

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The Water

The Water

The River Nile, Abay for Ethiopians, Hapy/ Iteru for the Ancient Egyptians, and Omugga Kiyira to the people around Jinja in Uganda, and with so many other names across its trajectory, is the longest river in the world. Travelling some 6700kms across 11 countries, the Nile, unlike any other river in the world, flows South […]