Paying it Forward: CA DCSS Employee Honored for Peace Effort

By: Kayleen Carter, CA DCSS

On April 28, Daniel Kwame Acquaah, Ph.D., Information Technology Specialist I at the California Department of Child Support Services, accepted a Peace Award on behalf of Rotary International District 5180 at the 27th Annual Africa Peace Awards International Conference in Sacramento. The event is hosted by Sacramento State’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution to honor outstanding individuals and groups that promote peace and conflict resolution throughout Africa and around the world.

Five recipients were presented with the Peace Award: The Right Honorable Simon Lalong, Governor of the Plateau State in Nigeria; Councilmember Rick Jennings, representing Sacramento’s District 7; Mallam Yusuf Ali, the Senior Advocate from Nigeria; His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana; and Rotary International District 5180, represented by Dr. Acquaah. Dr. Acquaah began his tenure at Rotary International District 5180 as a Club Peace Chair for four years and has since advanced to District Peace Chair and has also held the title of Membership Director for two years.

One of the cornerstones of Rotary International’s service programs is the promotion and building of peace worldwide. Rotary’s 1.2 million members connect with communities and address practical needs through international service projects to foster understanding while also providing communities with the skills and resources to resolve conflicts. District 5180’s mission—whose 2,080 members serve the Greater Sacramento Region—is to promote regional peace effort through their annual peace forums, which address local issues ranging from cultural diversity to sustainable peace and stability in the Greater Sacramento Region.

Among the many African peace projects that District 5180 participates in are: the ongoing Solar Lantern project in Ghana, Peace Education in Zambia, Sustainable Peace in Laikipia, Kenya and the International Training Institute Strengthening Women Peacebuilders in Lagos, Nigeria.
The keynote speaker for the evening was His Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana. Dr. Acquaah also spoke as he accepted the Peace Award on behalf of District 5180, praising the efforts of his members in his acceptance speech.

”I thank our District for supporting and encouraging peace through its members. We endeavor to pursue (peace) as an organization and as individuals, through education and service as we engage in life-changing realities for the communities we serve,” he said.