We actively involve children in a series of inter-community peace activities that build friendships for peace. On average, CPI Kenya engages over 1,200 children per year. Our children peace building program involves a sequence of activities that bridge the gaps between communities by initially targeting children and subsequently influencing parents, elders, and warriors.
Children Peace Camp
This first step in the program brings together 300 children from two tribes over the course of a 5-day Peace Camp involves teamwork exercises, value-based games, confidence building activities, exchanges of cultural practices, and dialogues on peace. The camps are geared towards helping children alter negative attitudes, rethink preconceived notions, learn to respect diversity, and become friends for the sake of peace.
At the conclusion of Peace Camp, two children from neighboring ethnic groups are paired to become “friends for peace.” After the camp, twins continue to build their relationship by writing letters and exchanging gifts, such as clothing and livestock.
Holiday Exchange Program
This inter-community interaction for peace takes place during the school holidays. Children from neighboring ethnic communities visit each other and interact with their friend’s families and community members. Children learn about the culture of the neighboring community thus develop cultural understanding and compassion.
This is an inter- tribal peace forum for parents and children friends for peace. The forum involves interactions between parents and children and homestay.
Inter-Community Children Peace Concert
It is an inter community, inter school peace campaign activity by children from different communities present songs, poems and skits on the themes of peace and conflict, creating awareness on how conflict affects them and the need for peace.