The project works with the children through edutainment activities in 5 schools in Pokot Central, and 5 schools in Turkana South to give the children platforms for engagement in peace building initiatives in Turkana and Pokot areas through child led advocacy for resilience. The project also works with the youth and women led groups through support towards diversification of livelihoods. Through this intervention, men, women and youth have been supported to engage in income generating activities such as irrigated farming, livestock support such as goats and camels; and bee keeping with the reformed warriors. The aim is to build conflict free livelihoods that steers the target groups away from cattle rustling.
Through advocacy initiatives targeting communities at large, the project equips the project participants with capacities, networking and resource mobilization for betterment of their livelihoods. During the period, the project reached out to various government and non-state actors such as churches, mosques, council of elders, and who supported the project beneficiaries towards building resilient livelihoods and peace building. We have achieved this through collaborations and partnerships with the government and non-state actors such as World Vision, Catholic church, Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Programme among other initiatives. And working with the community radio platforms with the reach in the target areas, the project has led community awareness campaign on disaster risk reduction initiatives, and how to manage related risks to these disasters.
With support from the University of Oslo, the project has integrated early warning and early response through ICT led Early warning system (EWS) to report, respond and prevent violent conflicts between the Turkana and Pokot communities. This partnership has not only contributed to reduction of conflicts, but strengthening partnership with the security agencies with the project in the target areas. The security agencies have proactively relied on the information shared by the project to intervene in addressing threats to peace through the early warning system alerts. The project has further worked with the victims of violence and disasters in managing and responding to the deep rooted trauma caused by the experiences in their past through religious leaders led psycho-social support and counselling to drive trauma healing.