Programs in Kenya:
to the violence after the December 27, 2007 elections, AVP in western
Kenya plans are conducting 200 basic, advanced, and training
for facilitator workshops in various communities. Many of these workshops
will involve the young people who were involved in much of the local
violence after the election. Sites may include Kisii, Kisumu, and Bondo
in Nyanza Province; Shinyalu, Kakamega, the Mt Elgon area, Lugari District,
Malava District and Vihiga District in Western Province; and Turbo, Eldoret
and Kitale in Rift Valley Province. Each site will have ten or more workshops
so that each area can be adequately impacted.
The United States Institute of Peace has just approved a joint proposal
between AGLI/FPCD and the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. There will be
forty basic workshops for youth involved in the violence in eight communities.
Then two males and two females will be selected from each Basic workshop
to go for a week to the Lakipia Nature Conservancy. There in the mornings,
after the youth have observed the original animals and vegetation of
the area, they will participate in an advanced AVP workshop and in the
afternoon in arts, crafts, drama, and song to promote reconciliation
and peacemaking in Kenya.
The Friends Peace
Centre in Lubao, under AGLI’s partner, Friends
for Peace and Community Development (FPCD), has completed a 20 bed residential
building and is now roofing the administrative/library building next
In September, the week-long AVP International Gathering is planned for
the Bishop Stam Conference Centre near Kakamega. There will be ample
opportunities for participants at the conference to facilitate AVP workshops
before or after the Gathering.
AGLI is also supporting reconciliation efforts on the border between
the Kipsigis (Rift Valley Province) and the Kisii (Nyanza Province) where
more than 30 people were killed and where hundreds of homes, a school,
and numerous businesses were burned.
AVP-Western Kenya has completed 42 one-day listening workshops with
the Center for Disease Control in Kisumu and others with the bicycle
taxi drivers in Kakamega and the staff of the Eldoret prison.