FACES OF PEACE PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES
A. YOUTH AND POLICE PEACE INITIATIVE: “URAFIKI WETU USALAMA WETU”
This program aims to reconcile and foster closer relationship between the youth and the police (peace, service, community policing and education). It stems from the realization that the youth and the police played a very big role in the post-election violence of 2007/08, most of which was negative involvement. It aims to break the mistrust, suspicion and unfriendly relationship that have existed between the youth and police especially in the run up to the general elections.
This program involves taking young people to the police station and establishing a platform for positive engagement with the police. The youth and police undertake various community works within the police station; cleaning of the police station, holding cells, slashing, garbage collection, and tree planting. This is followed by an open forum where the youth, police and other invited guests and stakeholders engage in constructive discussions on security and other issues affecting the youth and police. This event is climaxed by the youth brushing the police officers’ boots in a show of humility, friendship, togetherness and cooperation.
So far, Faces of Peace has undertaken this program in two counties; Nairobi at the Kasarani police station on the 18th of May, and Kiambu at the Kiambu police station on 7th of July 2012. The next event will be in Uasin Gishu County at the Eldoret police station on 4th of August 2012.
B.NATIONAL YOUTH AGENDA/MANIFESTO 2012/13
This is a two phased program involving County Dialogue Forums and College/University Debates aimed at getting the views, opinions and aspirations of the Kenyan youths in order to come up with a National Youth Agenda/Manifesto.
C. AM IN 4 PEACE CAMPAIGN
Given that the country is in an electioneering period, it is imperative that Kenyans make an in depth commitment to maintain peace, uphold the Constitution 2010, and live in harmony with all people in Kenya regardless of their political, tribal, racial, economic, cultural or social background. Faces of Peace Kenya and Hatua Youth Power are in the process of gathering 1 million signatures across the country, to ensure as many Kenyans as possible commit to maintain peace before, during and after the up coming general elections.
D. CITIZEN MEDIA AND PEACE IN KENYA
Project Target: Young people from tribes along the Rift valley and Nyanza Provinces’ borders; Luo, Kisii, Kipsigis and Kikuyu.
Project Remit: The project will involve providing training to young people from the four ICT centers by Community Media students from the University of Brighton in filming and documentary techniques, editing, storyboarding etc. The young people will then be sent to their respective communities to produce films panning a wide range of themes such as:
•Comparing social issues from different sides of the political / tribal communities.
•Political differences based on ideology rather than tribal allegiance or sycophancy.
•Community cohesion, cooperation and peace to aid economic and trade development.
•Cultural exchange and celebrating the cultural difference/diversity in unity.
E. FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING
Faces of Peace boasts of having a number of its members trained by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Ministry of Finance on financial literacy. Specifically, we seek have youth entrepreneurship and coaching workshops across the country and create a forum for them to showcase their innovative ideas. This way, we will nurture innovation, reduce dependency and enhance wealth creation. Since many businesses suffered during the Post Elections Violence of 2007/08 that was augmented by high unemployment rate, practical guidance and motivation to set up or upscale the youth owned SMEs offers a good way to create a good business environment. These forums will culminate into case studies and a booklet reviewed by professionals on National Youth Entrepreneurial Innovations for Sustainable Development.
F. KENYA ICT OFFENDER REHABILITATION PROGRAM
The project aims to design and implement proactively practicable information literacy enhancement programs among the offenders. It is expected that the knowledge and skills acquired will be critical in the process of rehabilitation as spearheaded by the government. It is also the project’s goal to effectively use the volunteers as a major factor in ICT for rehabilitation, peace, and development Initiative.