Coexist

Coexist Initiative

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We focus on efforts to promote non violence and tolerance to enhance formation of networks and synergies that ensure programs are context specific and culturally sensitive, empower local communities, contribute to poverty reduction, better protection of their rights and culture, and enhanced relations between all people living in locality as well as ensure equitable sharing of natural resources such as water, forests etc.

Peace building projects

  •  Mwangaza (Light) Project

The Tana Delta on the Kenyan Coast has been bedeviled by decades of inter-clan hostilities and skirmishes that have led to the deaths of thousands of residents and caused massive displacement of population. The atrocities resulted in extensive stagnation of development and worsened the living conditions of the most vulnerable that include women and children.The organization created a peaceful, harmonious and democratic environment in the Delta region by strengthening the capacity of civil society, media, communities and marginalized groups

The Mt Elgon intervention

It has been named Kenya’s longest and fiercest inter-ethnic war whose roots span from the independence epoch. While many attribute the relentless hostilities to unfair distribution of resources during the post colonial era, experts affirm that mistrust, betrayal, stereotyping and political instigations continue to remain pivotal factors in the Mt Elgon hostilities. It vital to affirm right from the onset that government military interventions have resulted in widespread torture, displacement and the extensive violation of human rights

The Mt Elgon Catholic Diocese estimates that 5,200 people have died as a result of the five year on-going old clashes which the government has declared quelled at least on the surface. The Kenya Red Cross estimates that over 90,000 families have been displaced and that the overall life patterns of the residents have been completely distorted.

We carry out the following activities to promote peace :

  • Formation of networks and synergies around conflict prevention and mitigation as the involvement of such organizations and networks ensure programs are context specific and culturally sensitive
  • Use peace projects as instruments to empower local communities, contribute to poverty reduction, better protection of their rights and culture, and enhance relations between all people living in locality as well as ensure equitable sharing of natural resources such as water, forests etc.
  • Working with local communities which lead to the stoppage of aggressions in the target area, which result in the resettlement, and reintegration of the displacement persons.
  • Use of sports, arts and culture as tools of delivering information on tolerance, non-violence and peaceful coexistence. Sports enable reach to the youth to address grievances, to provide a physical outlet for frustrations, and to provide a mechanism to address radicalization issues.