Project #6848

Build a Peace Field for 600 Children in Kenya

by Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI

The Horn Of Africa Development Initiative (HODI), the organization behind the HODI Peace Center for 1000 children, has recently moved to a better office. This was done to accomodate more staff and increase privacy for community members who visit our offices. We have some fantastic memories of our old offices but change is always needed in life to motivate people. We hope to continue doing great work with the commnuity within which we work.

The Peace Center has so far received over $6000 in contributions from numerous donors who have kept the dream alive. But this still leaves the project requiring about $30,000 to be completed. Thus, we still need you to continue supporting this project and bring us closer to our goal. Over 1000 innocent children in northern Kenya need you to ask your friends, relatives and colleagues to contribute to the project in order to have a shelter over their heads. Let us keep the dream alive!


fatuma in Geneva
fatuma in Geneva

North Kenyan football project presented at Geneva Peace Talks 2013

20 September 2013


Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Founder of horn presenting at the Geneva Peace Talks.

Geneva, (UNOSP) - On the eve of the 2013 Geneva Peace talks (19th September), it was the UNOSDP’s pleasure to welcome and exchange experiences with one of the guest speakers, Ms Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan. She overcame the barriers and prejudices in her country to implement her very own sports project, HODI (Horn of Africa Development Initiative).

Having spent most of her life in northern Kenya, she grew up with her mother and local high school teacher father. Fatuma is one of the few north Kenyan girls who went on to further education completing a Bachelor of Laws at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya.

Fatuma was raised in a considerably unique family, her mother and father originated from two warring tribes, that are currently still at war in northern Kenya. From this unique relationship, Fatuma gained valuable experience, and a deep sensitivity to the variety of social issues affecting her region.

For several years now, northern Kenya has been facing perpetual conflicts raised by the coexistence of different tribes, the lack of food, the presence of armed rebels, and the silence of the political powers. In response to that, Fatuma decided to focus on childhood development and provide them with programs that use football as a tool for development and peace. Despite social clashes and ongoing conflicts, she has devoted her life to HODI, promoting the ideals of development and peace, leading to positive and sustainable social change.

HODI started in 2003 in Marsabit, Fatuma’s hometown. She implemented a reflective program called “Shoot to score, not to kill”, where boys and girls from different tribes take part in football training. The objective is to get boys and girls off the streets and away from their unavoidable destiny and participate in sport. To prevent violence, a very common behavior amongst these boys, Fatuma and her team created a set of fair play and peace cards, a green card representing fair play for each player, and white highlighting peaceful team play. This innovative method has been met with positive reactions from players who encourage team mates to play fairly and peacefully.

“In my village the children are so used to celebrating violence, that through the introduction of the green and white card, finally fair and peaceful play can be rejoiced.” explains HODI founder Fatuma Adan.

Another characteristic of her football programme, is that at least three different tribes must be represented in each team (Teams of 7). This is an essential feature of this programme to encourage the cooperation and the teamwork between tribes. So far, the programme has been successful in gathering 248 teams, with 36 girl teams in different villages.

Fatuma Adan’s peace building programme is a big step in educating the youth to foster harmony and cohesion in northern Kenya. This is what Fatuma calls “breaking silence using football”. She wants these kids to have a voice, and the choices she had. They are the future, and they are even “teaching the parents about peaceful social coexistence”.

Fatuma closed her speech at the 2013 Geneva Peace talks with the following words:
“Peace is like an egg, if you don’t nurture it, it can easily break”.

You can find Fatumas presentation from the 5th minute onwards on the link below.



The Award Winning Initiative Shoot To score not to kill has been recognised in many arenas nationally and internationally. The key impact is the sharing of the organisation profile with different institutions world wide among them Cambodia, Israel Palestine, Germany among other countries.

You invested in this initiative and believed in it before we even won awards and now we are sharing our impact beyong our regional borders to other nations. The initiative is being used as one of the successful means of using non violence means to resolve violent conflict. Over the years we have reached over 3,000 youths and we intend to reach more youths with your support.

We are sharing a link to our award winning initiative video. You will share in our challenges and successes as you watch the video. Tell us what you think of our intervention and the video shared below. We look forward to get more support to help reach more villages and reduce violent conflict and help the girls find a voice and have hope for the future.


Girls Take The Lead 1
Girls Take The Lead 1

HODI has been trying to engage girls for a long time and this year 2012
is the greatest of them all. Over 2,000 girls have been engaged through the
HODI Girls Champion Initiative and the local community including the mothers of
the girls are accepting that girls too can play football.

Over 10 schools have been involved in the school training program with
20 HODI coaches offering training in football and life skills. We made history
by engaging the girls and female teachers in the trainings and slowly things
changed with more girls coming on board each day.

In order to select a team to represent HODI in East Africa tournament,
30 girls were selected and 15 boys. The teams will be traveling to Moshi
Tanzania to participate in a tournament and what is important is the fact that
the HODI teams are led by girl’s coaches and team leaders for the first time
ever. Girls are coaching fellow girls and taking up leadership responsibilities
within the organization. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your
continued support as we continue championing the rights of girls and women to
take up leadership.

“What I have learn in HODI are life lessons and I want to impart that
on other girls in the teams I coach” Dirre one of the girls coaches.

Girls Take the Lead2
Girls Take the Lead2
Dirre and Nadi the young leaders of HODI
Dirre and Nadi the young leaders of HODI


Girls tackling the ball
Girls tackling the ball

There were times it was almost illegal to have girls being seen outside home or school. The place of girls is in the kitchen immediately after completing primary school. Through the balls purchased through your generous contribution; girls in Marsabit can not only be seen outside but they are able to kick the ball and play football with a passion. January 14 - 15 was a life changing event, as one girl put it....."I never expected to be able to play outside in the main Marsabit Stadium; today is a great experience for me and other girls in future".

HODI Girls Championship was one of its kind, the first ever to be held for girls only. More than 16 teams had initially registered with 2 of them pulling out at the last minute due to threats and fear. 12 of the teams went on to play the football which was accompanied by football skills and also life skills. They learnt from basics of ball shooting; passing; dribbling among other skills. While in life skills it was surely a moment that many will miss as it came so close to the heart of many participating girls ranging from teen pregnancies;  Forced Child Marriages; performance in schools; personal hygiene; sexual matters; menstruation among many more. The girls were shy in the beginning but slowly they opened up, asking so many questions and giving even answers to their peers.

The day ended with a game between the coaches for the girls and HODI organising team; where they saw even as adults we are not perfect in our game of football but in whatever we do we have to give our best. We hope to hold another similar tournament with more teams participating the issue of teams transportation; meals and accommodation being the only hinderance. But with all your support i know we can reach more girls and break more barriers and together we will help break silence on issues affecting girls on Marsabit.

Its tough to get the ball & so its in real life!
Its tough to get the ball & so its in real life!
Life Skills Session with the Girls
Life Skills Session with the Girls



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Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI

Location: Marsabit, Upper Eastern - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan
Marsabit, Marsabit Kenya
$7,030 raised of $17,000 goal
103 donations
$9,970 to go
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