In January 2009, the ‘United Youth for Peace through Community Development Project’ was initiated by members of Students for Global Sustainability – University of Nairobi (SfGS-UoN) and students from the College of Notre Dame, Maryland (U.S.A) in Langas – a slum in Eldoret, Kenya to help a group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) recover from the 2008 Post election violence.
The students mobilized resources and lived with the IDPs for a month undertaking free feeding, education and mentorship programs, basic hygiene awareness, peace-building through sports and art as well as establishing a ‘community solar-kitchen’ where women prepare their meals and a ‘community library’.
They facilitated the incorporation of “Amani Kasarani Women Group” managed by the IDPs towards their sustainable empowerment.
Based on the experience from implementing the ‘United Youth for Peace Project’ WSCSD-Kenya has developed the Youth Encounter on Peace (YEP) program that aims to promote tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and social cohesion and responsibility among youth and children in Kenya and beyond. Using art YEP works, on one hand, to raise the awareness of the danger of intolerance and hatred and on the other, to foster intercultural dialogue and corporation. Download United Youth for Peace Project Report