Children's Peace Initiative empowers and connects children of warring tribes to become agents of change, decrease animosity, and create friendships within their communities through peace camps, linking families, holiday exchange programs, peace caravans, and festivals to promote cultural diversity. As a result of these programs, the children involved are able to create new narratives of peace and friendship as opposed to those of conflict, hostility, and loss.
Years of inter-ethnic conflict between warring pastoralist tribes in Northern Kenya has persisted through generations and most severely impacts children in the form of security risks, lack of access to education, and economic debilitation. This project works directly with 6 pastoralist tribes and will address these issues by linking 1,200 children of opposing tribes to reduce animosity, providing economic opportunities, and encouraging cultural exchange.
CPI-Kenya uses multiple platforms to deliver their innovative models for peacebuilding, including: week long peace camps to form positive relationships between children, integrating parents to improve relationships between families, providing a shared cow for families of previously warring tribes to improve economic conditions, and implementing interactions for peace curricula and improving sanitation facilities in primary schools throughout Kenya.
This project will empower 1,200 children to act as peace builders between communities that previously were at war with each other, which will have a direct impact on stability of the region as well as the economic condition and overall livelihood of those in the targeted areas.