We work with Kenyan partners to build a positive, nonviolent grassroots peace movement and help local activists to stand up for human rights and a just peace in Kenya.

Quakers in Britain partners with Kenyan peace organisation Change Agents for Peace International (CAPI) (offsite link) to deliver a locally driven programme which is largely reliant on community-based volunteers and trainers. The approach is adapted from Turning the Tide.

What are we doing?

    Resource

    Five years of success in Kenya

    This article is about work in Kenya supporting campaigners to work effectively for nonviolent social change. It was originally published in Quaker News.

    Our impact

    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.

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

    How we work

    Our work is built on authentic partnership which springs from the Quaker understanding of equality.

    We use responsive 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.

    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.

    Contact us

    Laura Shipler Chico
    East Africa Programme Manager
    020 7663 1075
    lauras@quaker.org.uk