Peace Advocacy Project

It takes concerted efforts to build a peaceful and cohesive Kenya and it is this reality that underpins the inception of Peace Ambassadors Kenya. A call for peace amongst the Kenyan community has been a Kenyan preserve over the two decades, since then we have been engaged in peace building work in almost every part of this country. We have adopted peace lobbying and advocacy as a tool in championing the course of peaceful co-existence within communities in our country.

Intervention Mechanisms include

  • Peace Walks
  • Peace forums
  • Peace cultural gala
  • Consultative Security Forums
  • Peace campaigns and Advocacy
  • Conflict mediation
  • Peace Sports Tournament

Peace Advocacy Walks

Peace advocacy walks is one of the arsenals that PAK utilizes in order to achieve social interaction between the youth and create peace advocacy across the Kenyan society. So far Peace Ambassadors Kenya has successfully organized 8 National Peace Advocacy Walks which has generated over 300 Public Peace Forums in over 20 Counties in Kenya. The walks are organized primarily for the youths drawn from various institutions of higher learning across the country. These youths get an opportunity to interact with each other, share their cultural values, norms and virtues as they create awareness in local communities.

Activities during the walk include:

a)  Peace forums

b)  Community Policing sensitization

c)  Environment Management awareness

d)  Education motivation in local schools

e)  HIV and AIDS, FGM and drug abuse sensitization campaign

Cultural Peace Festival

The cultural peace festivals are events aimed at building trust and inter community relations among conflict-affected communities across the country. They are aimed at consolidating gains made in peace building and guard against rolling back towards conflict between conflicting communities. It creates a great opportunity to appreciate cultural diversity and also engage the communities in indigenous sports aimed at team building to unify and enhance peace

 

 

 

 

Peace Ambassadors Kenya Clubs Project

This is perhaps the most ambitious project and the backbone of all PAK activities. It aims 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 chapters in over twenty institutions with a membership base of over 5,000 thousand youth volunteers.

In PAK we believe that the youth guarantee the continuity, prosperity and the very future of any society. They are the most resourceful, dynamic and innovative lot of the society. They have the creative energy to adapt to new thinking and technologies necessary for influencing transformational and alternative leadership in Kenya. Being the largest population in the country, they form a critical mass with the necessary capacity to influence the desired destiny of the Kenyan population. We intend to involve the youth in issues of national interest to prepare a citizenry that would germinate into a progressive and servant crop of leadership and governance.

All PAK clubs are registered and operate as any other club in a learning institution. They are all governed by a common constitution. In the spirit of democracy and to promote youth leadership the club members elect their institutional executive secretariat that offers club leadership. The Chairperson for the club serves as the official Institutional Peace Coordinator and the liaison officer between the club and the national organization PAMBIO. The organization also recognizes the office and r0le of a club Patron who acts as the liaison officer between the club and the Institution Administration.

Project objectives:

  • 1)  Bring together youth chapters, civic, private and government actors to share information, ideas and resources on way to generate social and community change
  • 2)  Create a learning platform among the participants that will identify problems and seek solutions for social change
  • 3)  Create a platform to identify, nature and promote youth skills, ideas and talents
  • 4)  Bring national and local leadership into the platform to advice, guide, and mentor and develop leaders among the youth
  • 5)  Create a platform for youth issues advocacy and promote volunteer community service
  • 6)  To generate youth exchange forums that can network the youth, build their character and improve their competence in social and professional interactions
  • 7)  To empower the youth with peace building and entrepreneurial skills through training, advocacy and community outreach activities

Project Activities:

Forums: organized regularly with local, regional and international leaders and youth chapter members

Trainings: the club members have opportunities to attend trainings hosted by the organization and its partners. The organization also support chapters to organize trainings for their members on pertinent skills and issues like conflict management, project management, communication and leadership skills as well as life skills and leadership skills.

Conferences: the organization organizes conferences and workshops and lobbies for opportunities for the club members to attend externally organized ones focusing on club and individual capacity building. Every year we organize an International Youth Leadership Camp.

Team Building: the organization priority for success is organizational development for all chapters. To enhance these intra and inter-chapter relationships, the organization organizes regular team building exercises

Attachment and Internships: the platform offers some internship opportunities every 4 months depending on ongoing projects and build partnerships with private and public institutions to offer internship opportunities for the club members

Mentorship program: the platform builds leadership skills within youths in the institutional chapters. The club members in turn mentor junior youth within secondary schools in our national Mentor and Mentee Project.

Peer Help Platform: Through the use of our multiple social media platform, our Peer Help platform is a network of peer mentors that have the desire to reach out and "connect" with one another. Everyone has their own set of problems and days that make us feel as though nothing we do is worthwhile anymore and that life simply isn't worth living. Everyone has issues that they should and want, deep down, to talk about. That is where Peer Help Platform comes in, a place where you feel safe.

Social Media Advocacy: This unique platform is designed to harness the power of the internet and the digital medium to the advantage of youth across the country and indeed the globe. It is a forum created and driven by youth. It gives them an opportunity to voice their views and concerns on issues that affect them the most. The project seeks to involve youth in the policy making process and be in-charge of their future.

Peace research: we aim at putting forward proposals for how the causes of conflict can be recognized as early as possible, on how violence can be prevented and how political and social control can be put in place for solving the conflict. It is expected that the Peace research will play a major role in answering these questions, and the proposals will be disseminated to diverse stakeholders to advance conflict resolution mechanisms.

 

 

Mentor and Mentee Project

The Education Mentorship Project, hereafter referred to as the Mentor-Mentee Project, is designed to provide high school students from marginalized counties with caring and consistent higher education mentors, with a focus on academic mentoring. The project goal is to improve the aspirations and academic achievement of students. The project is currently being rolled in Senetwo Secondary West Pokot County, Hindi Secondary Baringo County and Ngubereti Secondary Baringo County. In 2016 the project will be rolled out also in Malalani Secondary in Kitui, Baragoi Secondary in Samburu and Wajir High School in Wajir County.

Project objectives: