Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI

A personal commitment by founders on the need to effectively address the growing severity and frequency of conflicts, cyclic droughts, and environmental degradation coupled with gross human rights violations in Northern Kenya. HODI envisions 'A democratic, peaceful and prosperous society engaging in sustainable development' and exists to (mission) "champion justice & development in Northern Kenya through advocacy and facilitation of education, community cohesion and livelihood support programs"
Nov 4, 2014

Its a new dawn in HODI

HODI Peace Field
HODI Peace Field

Marsabit County in Northern Kenya, which is afflicted by tribal conflicts and in the recent past we have seen the conflict escalate further and further. The clashes have left a trail of destruction which includes human death, destruction of properties, human displacement, trauma and psychological disturbance Children have not been spared either some lost their dear life; schools were destroyed and learning came to a halt. As HODI we use football as a tool for social change under our program of Shoot to Score not to Kill we engage the youths not to take up guns and kill each other. Ours is a proactive engagement of the children to help break away from the cycle of violence. We play home and away football games and experience the ‘enemy tribe’ first hand and help the children form an independent decision. Our children are trained as peace ambassadors equipped with skills of conflict transformation and how to deal with violence at personal level. They learn about fair play and the reward for it both as individual and as a team and that violence has no benefit to them. The project continues to benefit over 1000 children armed with guns and hatred for other tribes as a neutral safe space where Football replaces the gun, battle field is replaced by Peace Field, while the Peace Ambassadors replace fierce warriors. Also a safe space for young girls rescued from marriages, early pregnancies and drop outs from school. The initiative has seen girls break the silence on other issues among them FGM, Early Marriage and Early pregnancies.

One young boy reckoned ‘ohhh I don’t have to be scared of the motorbikes crossing the field of play it is safe now and I can just play’.

The Children in HODI are overjoyed as they set foot on the HODI Peace Field, the joy cannot be hidden and most were grateful we now have a space to call our own.

It is a new dawn, we are over joyed with the new developments and each of you helped us take this step. In October 2014 we acquired the Title Deed for the land on which HODI Peace Center will STAND. You have not only given us the space for children to play but also a safe space where they can transform to be non-violent and learn about resolving conflict and peaceful coexistence. We owe the HODI Peace Field to each of you for your individual contributions, for inviting your family and friends to contribute. Our gratitude also goes out to The Pam Dahlgren Hope through Education Award for education by FAWCO and Stuttgart Peace Award.

While we have the Peace field and a safe space for children to play, our DREAM is to build an even safer and bigger house that will be the HODI Peace Center. It will be big enough to house the girls saved from early forced marriages; big enough to train peace ambassadors. As HODI we will definately keep you posted on the progress of this project, with each step of the way. 

In the meantime, time to go and clear the bushes in the Peace Field!

Kids play
Kids play
Breaking the Silence using football
Breaking the Silence using football

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Nov 4, 2014

Engaging the women in household food security

Shamba HODI
Shamba HODI

Amid all this the importance of food security at household level cannot be measured and the kitchen gardens have helped most housholds not to go hungry. As HODI we are currently working with 20 more villages to upscale the practice and as one mother narrated. At times all you need is to be shown what to do and they can do do it on their own. Mama Amina, was never trained as she saw other women doing it then she started her own garden. As the rest of the areas was dry and just shelled off her garden was green with vegetables. The rainfall received in Marsabit central amounted to 7.5 mm. Drought has started to kick in and at a slow pace and already the response interventions were launched with several activities ongoing to cushion vulnerable households.

This is just the begining and as we approach 2015 we plan to set up 1000 shamba HODI's in Marsabit Central and our target is to train 200 women leaders from the villages to train 50 women each. We are grateful for teh support we received through your donations and we will provide an update on the progress of our project.

It has started raining and its time now to harvest some rain water for the dry season and planting of 1000 Shamba HODI's.

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Aug 4, 2014

Thank you we have more girls engaged than ever!

Brazil here we come!!
Brazil here we come!!

We have struggled with communication and keeping you updated on our progress. As the connection went from bad to worse the number of girls in our programs increasely immensely. Thanks to your generous contribution as HODI we have covered more grounds and reached more girls. One such girl is Ntarisa who struggled in her personal life with no father and a sick mother but she has made it in life. Your generous support has seen her make it in life and even be a role model to other younger girls. This August for the first time ever we will be holding the first ever Horn of Africa Cup in Marsabit to help break the silence on violence against girls and also our boys will be shooting to score not to kill. We look forward to a greater partnership with you all. Thank you again!!

She made it!
She made it!

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