Churchill Saoke, Anti-Tribal Clubs
Churchill Saoke is a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Nairobi, Kenya and the founder of Peace and Unity International, a Kenya-based non-profit working to promote international peace and security.
Throughout its history, Kenya’s ethnic diversity has served as both a source of strength and inspiration and a source of violent conflict. Politicians in the country frequently exploit tribalism and ethnic differences for political or economic gain, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and creating many more refugees.
In Peace and Unity’s newest initiative, Churchill is empowering university students to form Anti-Tribal Clubs that will bridge the gaps between tribal groups in order to quell existing ethnic tensions. Through university AT Clubs students will receive training on the establishment of Peace Barazas (community centers) where they will work to promote grassroots community development and inter-ethnic cooperation on public works.
Churchill states, “these clubs will be platforms where people can not only promote national cohesion, but also hold their leaders accountable for ensuring equity and equality.”
GRANT AWARD DATE: September 7, 2015