Arts for Peace & Change in Kenya

The project of engaging arts as a medium of transformation shall be used as an advocacy and campaign tool to instill sense, reason, morality, ethics, and respect to human and people’s rights particularly to;
• Addressing violence against women (VAW) among most Kenyan communities and families during the electioneering period
•Create awareness (civic engagement and voter education) based on the new constitution (Chapter 4: Bill of Rights, Chapter 6: Leadership & Integrity, Chapter 7: Representation of the People, Chapter 8: The Legislature, chapter 9: The Executive, Chapter 11: Devolved Government etc), Political Parties Act 2011 & Elections Act 2011 among other relevant legislation.
•Make peace an individual and collective initiative as we draw near to 2012 general elections
•Level the playfield for women and youth to participate equally with others in the next general elections both as aspirants and campaigners
- Provide safe parades at the poling stations
-Entertain voters on the lines while waiting to cast their votes

The project shall engage artists with their various genres of arts (music, theatre/drama plays, poetry, drawings, creative art designs, Film & Photography) to mobilize, sensitize and educate the public on the above activities with the objective of promoting tolerance, cohesion, peaceful co-existence, inclusion, interdependence, respect of opinions and ideas of one another in order to create a common platform for development and provision of solutions to social, economic and political challenges facing Kenya.

Ongoing Activities

Commemoration of Mandera Military Operation of October 28, 2008 and other massacres with the aim of realizing social justice and human rights for the survivors and further reconcile the communities with the government justice system.

Target points: Elwak, Wargadud, Malkamari, Bulla Kartasi and Wagalla

Women Economic Empowerment: Agri-Business

CEPACET supports 100 women in Ndhiwa to practice small scale intensive agriculture; food crop cultivation e.g. onions, tomatoes, cabbages, kales, carrots for selling and use the surplus for family consumption. This project has provided an alternative to fish trade which had exposed them to social vulnerabilities.

Who we are

The Center for Partnership and Civic Engagement (CEPACET) is a not for profit organization registered as a Trust in January 29, 2008 in Kenya dedicated to improving and advancing every vulnerable Kenyan’s life through programs and projects that target community development. read more »

Project Theme: United in the Cause for Social Justice & Human Rights

''The massacres that have taken place in Bulla Kartas, Malkamari, Elwak, Wargadrd and Wagalla since 1980 till October 2008 have claimed lives of more than 12,000 fathers, sons and mothers and almost an equal number unaccounted for but the government has turned all the attention to the 1,200 who lost their lives during the 2007/8 Post Election Violence, are we less Kenyan here in North Eastern? We love Kenya but Kenya doesnt love us in equal measure.'' a survivor wondered!!!

Where we work

CEPACET is headquartered in Nairobi but works on projects in many different regions across Kenya. We hope to become an organization with an international support base. Wherever you are, we welcome you and invite you to join in CEPACET's work towards strengthening Kenyan communities. Stronger, more united communities are the beginnings of an empowered people that work together for equality, social justice, and a brighter future.

While working in rural communities and specific areas, CEPACET curves a national image. The target areas include but are not limited to the following counties; Lamu, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Kiambu, West Pokot, Nandi, Kericho, Homa-Bay, Kisii, Nyamira & Nairobi

What we do

We strive to improve the quality of life for all Kenyans in ways that involve the communities and have a lasting and resounding impact through the following thematic programs:

1. Advocacy on conflict transformation, peace building and democratic governance through Engaging Arts
2. Human Rights and Social Justice
I. Humanitarian Aid: Provision of care, support and protection to vulnerable children and teen mothers
II. Seeking Social Justice for the poor and marginalized groups
3. Grassroots mama economic and social empowerment
4. Feel Good Projectsread more »