Since our founding, CPI Kenya has executed over 100 inter-community peace activities with school children and their parents among 8 ethnic communities in Marsabit, Samburu, and Baringo Counties, covering 5 major conflict zones. We have worked directly with over 30 schools with a total population of 18,200 children, out of which 10,855 directly participated in our Children Peace Building program. Additionally, approximately 2,500 parents have been directly involved in the program across the communities.

The impact of the programs has transformed the communities. Since CPI Kenya began their peace-building work in 2012, there have been ZERO deaths and ZERO violent clashes between the communities we worked with. These include the Pokot and Samburu tribes of Baringo and Samburu Counties, the Rendille and Garba tribes of Marsabit County, and the Turkana and Garba tribes of Marsabit County. To date, this is the longest recorded peace in the history of these tribes.

Our model of peace-building builds personal relationships between people on different sides of a conflict and gives them a solid incentive to work together in finding new solutions. We’ve seen how it can work with children from the Samburu and Pokot tribes, and their parents. In 2022, CPI decided to launch in an exciting new direction to also focus on women and climate change. Our new initiatives, a women’s entrepreneur network and a fora camp, will combat the rising threat from climate change while continuing to contribute to the peace process.

Samuel heads the Council of Elders in Longewan Village (Samburu) where he has played a key role in helping to end the conflict. Samuel can recall in vivid detail how the village was routinely attacked by Pokot raiders and estimates that 8% of villagers were killed during the war. Samuel, seen here with other Elders in Longewan, turned against the conflict after his children attended a CPIK peace camp. He now enjoys his own peace dividend by hiring Pokot workers to harvest his maize.