Children Peace Initiative Kenya (CPI Kenya) is a civil society initiative, based in Kenya, specializing in the field of conflict prevention, and Peace Building in parts of Rift Valley and Northern Kenya regions inhabited by Pastoralist communities. It is a registered national non -
profit making organization committed to promote peace in the country. CPI-Kenya’s approach to preventing conflicts and violent extremism focuses on children and the family as primary actors of peace-building and by extension elders, warriors and women.. Our areas of operation are parts of North Rift and Northern Kenya regions.
We at Children Peace Initiative Kenya envision Peaceful society co-existing in harmony for social and economic development
Building bridges among neighbouring pastoralists communities by creating opportunities and capacities for them to engage in peace and development.
OUR CORE VALUES
Respect for diversity
Professionalism and commitment to peace
Transparency and accountability
Advocating for human rights
What We Do
CPI builds cooperation between pastoralists, which reduces the need to resort to violence and also increases resiliency to drought and climate change. The model has been tested out over ten years of working with the Pokot and Samburu tribes and is now extending to a broader area.
The organization uses an integrated approach to promote Peace through the Children. The peace initiative with Children and families is incorporated with other development initiatives that target the Child including education, WASH, Child Led Disaster Risk Reduction and Children Governance and Human Rights programs and climate change mitigation projects. In other words
CPI K utilizes Development and rights based approach to peace.
Since 2011, CPI Kenya has implemented numerous peace initiatives with aim of preventing inter-community and inter generational-conflicts. The organization developed a unique and innovative conflict reduction strategy where children become catalysts of inter community peace. In this approach school children from conflicting groups are encouraged to talk to one another and become friends for peace. Through them their immediate families get connected; from child to child the circle of friendship for peace is extended to families and the larger community members. The main objective of this project is to engage children, parents (Both men and Women), Warriors in activities that promote interaction, cohesion, open dialogues, problem solving and collective resilience against violent conflicts with children as their family members as the key actors. CPI Kenya founding directors are Halkano Bukuno Dofata, Monica Kinyua, Jane Wanjiru Kinyua and Caroline Karani. The organization has an active board of 9 members.
The peace process with children and the families yielded a number of positive outcomes; It has largely led to social transformation through change of attitude and perception of different conflicting communities and the way they interact with each other. It has also enhanced inter-community interactions and reduced the rate of violent conflict between different communities targeted by the project in over a decade.
CPI Kenya works directly with local schools, families of the school children, officials of the Ministry Education and other peace stakeholders in the area of operation. The organization executed more than 168 major inter-community peace activities with children, parents, warriors, leaders and teachers among eight pastoralist communities in Northern and Rift valley regions of
Kenya reaching approximately 350, 000 direct and indirect Beneficiaries.
Peace Patrol program is another unique program that trains primary school children become peer mediators for peace in their schools, families and wider community. The children are equipped with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that enable them to resist violence and appreciate peace. Additionally, CPI - Kenya has implemented a cross border peace program called Karamoja cluster project which creates a peace platform and co-existence mechanisms among the Karamojong in North Eastern Uganda and the Pokots and Turkanas in North Western Kenya. This project was implemented in partnership with Uganda Martyrs University and University of Peace (UPeace), Costa Rica.
Meet the Team
We have been immensely blessed to have a team of passionate individuals who have dedicated themselves in every capacity to achieve the mission we have set out as CPI Kenya.