“URAFIKI WETU USALAMA WETU”- Our Friendship, Our Security
This program aims to reconcile and foster closer relationship between the youth and the police. 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, Kiambu at the Kiambu police station on 7th of July 2012, Uasin Gishu County at the Eldoret police station on 4th of August 2012.
The next events will be Buru Buru and Nakuru.
One event can be viewed at: