Across Kenya

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Across Kenya works with people and pastoralist communities within Northern Kenya to promote peace and development.

Across Kenya works with people and pastoralist communities within Northern Kenya, as the main actors in peacebuilding and creates opportunities for innovative projects for sustainable livelihood. The main activities have revolved around; peacebuilding and conflict mitigation, emergency response, conflict early warning and families’ re-unification as a result of cross border atrocities among other programmes and projects.

Education

The organization promotes education as human rights issue. It applies a holistic approach towards improving child safety and ensuring children enjoy their rights in a community supportive environment. Education opportunities for displaced children and support mechanisms are identified to ensure increased access to education. It focuses on both girls, due to what the organisations sees as oppressive cultural belifs including FGM and early marriages, and boys due to the neglect demanded by the community for them to herd livestock.

Peacebuilding and reconciliation

The organization involves the local community in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, early warning responses, peace forums, reconciliation, intra and inter community dialogue, healing and justice. The main aim is to reduce pressures generated by resource-based conflicts in the Turkana – Dassenech - Nyangatom corridor. This is one of the most successful programmes within Across Kenya. There are many success stories involving partnership with Countries within the Elemi Triangle.

The organisation has undertaken peace forums in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda and has established strategic links with like-minded organisations. Thier "Project Peace III" project aims to contribute to creating conditions for durable peace and secure livelihoods among the cross border pastoralist communities and strengthen cross border linkages between the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Across Kenya has also organised peace week festivals to celebrate signing of community accords, doing inter and intra dialogues among communities among other initiatives.

Promotion of good governance and advocacy

Participation in governance/democratization processes, access to justice, civic and voter education processes, fostering social/cultural change, human rights education. The main focus here is the full participation of women, children, agro pastoralists and youth in all mainstream community activities so that the voiceless can be heard.

Sustainable community livelihoods

The organization attempts to involve agro-pastoralist and fishing communities in alternative aspects that improve their lives and grow out of the shocks generated by the loss of crops and livestock. Such activities involve increasing local capacities on environmental conservation and mitigation, disaster risk reduction, food security, health, water and sanitation, promotion of Turkana culture, accessing devolved funds and education. Focus is on vulnerable and marginalized people.


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