Who is Peace Ambassadors Integration Organization?
Peace Ambassadors Integration Organization (PAMBIO) is a national youth focused and youth managed peace building and youth empowerment organization. It works to build the capacity of communities for peaceful interactions by enhancing commitment to peaceful relations, ethical behavior and respect for one another.
What is Our History?
The organization was started in February 2012 as a brainchild of youth from various institutions of higher learning in Kenya and the Kenya Administration Police Service who offered patronage to the initiative. Since its inception, the organization has endeavored to grow as a formidable player in the peace building and youth empowerment sector in Kenya. We currently implementing nine projects under our unique program titled Peace Ambassadors Kenya Program: Mobilizing, Organizing, Empowering, Engaging and Celebrating Kenya Youth.
What is Our Vision?
To emerge as a model decentralized organization tapping into the energies of individuals in peace building.
What is Our Mission?
To build and strengthen peaceful interactions within the society through youth empowerment trainings, awareness creation, advocacy and collaborations.
What are Our Values?
Our core values are the principles that guide the internal and external actions of PAK and drive our accountability to each other and our stakeholders.
We are inspired by these values and we aspire to fully live these values.The following are our core values:
What do we Believe in?
We believe in the following theory of Change that we inform our approach in our work: If we acknowledge that the youth are the leaders of today, then mobilize and organize them into youth action groups, we can then provide them with a platform for personal development and self –reflection. If we can raise the awareness of the youth to global and local societal challenges connected to poverty, conflict and development issues, then we can help them realize their full potential as social change agents and feed their interest to become engaged citizens. And if we can facilitate the youth to discover their talents, harness their ideas and equip them with compassionate attitudes, skills and knowledge, then we can empower them to become active participants in peaceful community development.
What is Our Approach?
Based on the problem we are solving, our values and beliefs, we have adopted the following strategies in our work: Community Peace Structures
We aim to facilitate the establishment and coordination of effective community structures for peace promotion in the country. This is perhaps the most ambitious approach and the backbone> of our activities. We aim to establish and coordinate Peace Clubs in every institution of higher learning in Kenya to act as a platform to mobilize, organize and engage youth talents, ideas and skills in peace building, self and community development activities. Currently PAK has peace clubs in over twenty institutions with a membership base of over 5,000 thousand youth volunteers. Capacity Building (CB)
We aim to build capacity of young men and women and enhance their ability to prevent, address and recover from conflict situations. This will be achieved through participatory learning and training in technical, social and life skills. Community mobilization and awareness
We endeavor to use community mobilization and awareness creation to reach out to more people at the community level effectively. This shall be done at the community level through peace advocacy walks, public consultative forums, health and education sensitization activities, environment management activities, culture galas, and charity events.
We aspire to use advocacy to place the youth agenda on the doorstep of various stakeholders among them the government, development organizations and the media among others. We will work with youth peace platforms and coalitions in influencing policy through participatory advocacy where key stakeholders and communities can speak to and influence power, policy formulation and implementation processes. Partnership, Networking and Collaboration
We seek to work with partners, networks and develop collaboration/coalition with key actors engaging youth in peace building and youth empowerment in the country. A key objective is to establish a youth action platform where peace actor’s can build synergy for youth empowerment in changing the culture of violence to Non-violence among the youth.
Youth Exchange Forums and Festivals
We undertake to realize a large scale Exchange Forums which will bring together youth to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and learn from one another besides directly engaging with other development stakeholders.
Who do We Target?
Young people: Through assisting them gain exposure, gain life based and technical skills that can assist them address issues affecting them and earn a descent income and thus reducing poverty. Young Women: Through a deliberate focus approach that ensures they don’t fall through the cracks due to their vulnerable position. The Community members: Will gain knowledge and information through young people on various developmental issues affecting them and will be guided to collectively seek collective and sustainable solutions to these challenges. Youth Clubs/Associations/Organizations: Will gain more capacity and will be able to operate more effectively within the youth development agenda and maximize opportunities for their members. Development Stakeholders/Learning Institution: Will gain more insight and expertise in dealing and engaging young people and their issues. Kenya government: We aspire to contribute to the Vision 2030 besides complimenting other government policies and actions of citizen participation, sustainable development goals and youth participation.