We are working with Kenyan Quakers to build a positive, nonviolent grassroots peace movement. This helps local activists to stand up for human rights and a just peace in Kenya.

During Kenya's 2007 election the world was shocked to see East Africa's most stable democracy erupt into violence, which left 1000 people dead and an estimated 350,000 people displaced. After the violence our partners recognised that while trauma recovery, mediation, and conflict resolution initiatives are crucial, the success of these efforts will be limited while legitimate grievances about governance, corruption and basic rights are unaddressed.

Supporting local activists

Quakers in Britain (via Quaker Peace & Social Witness) work with local partner Change Agents for Peace International (CAPI) to train and support local activists who are holding government and institutions to account.

What impact has this had?

With our help, students successfully exposed corrupt bursary disbursement practices at a University; motorcycle taxi drivers have put a stop to fraudulent registration scams; farmers campaigned against a local bank which had changed the terms of their loans; and community members mobilized to nonviolently stop the construction of a dam which would displace an estimated 50,000 people.

Young people who want to make changes in their communities are learning how to speak out loudly and strongly, but without violence. Communities are finding the courage to address root causes of their conflicts, rather than only dealing with the symptoms. Local citizens continue to make positive changes, big and small, discovering the power of nonviolent protest.

How we work

Our work is built on authentic partnership which springs from the Quaker understanding of equality. Together we are accomplishing something that we would not be able to do separately. We each bring essential expertise and resources to the table that are equally valued.

We use responsive flexible and context-appropriate training and ongoing accompaniment to ensure the training takes root.

We nurture community ownership and ensure that every campaign is locally driven.

We go where the energy is and start small. Each small success shows people the power of active nonviolence and it is starting to spread. Nonviolence is contagious.

Our guiding principles

We believe that:

  1. Most direct violence is derived from underlying and often invisible social injustice. In order to build peace we must be willing to make visible and challenge structural and cultural violence.
  2. There is something good in every person, even those who are perpetuating social injustices. Effective nonviolent action seeks that good and calls it out.
  3. Nonviolence requires risk, self-discipline and a deep commitment. It must come from deep within. It will never work when it is imposed from without.

How you can help

  • Raise awareness by hosting a speaker.
  • Donate to Britain Yearly Meeting for Kenya Work.
  • Fundraise in support of the work.
  • Spread the word about the work that is happening.

Contact us

Bryn Higgs
Programme Manager, Peacebuilding in East Africa
020 7663 1075
brynh@quaker.org.uk