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Kenya has been one of the most stable countries in Africa for decades. That is why the post election violence that rocked the country in early 2008 was so surprising. Anger and resentment among different tribes had simmered beneath the surface, and one event caused it to erupt into violence that left thousands dead, and many more maimed and homeless. There is still tension and the potential for more violence, as the political power sharing arrangement has not worked out as well as many had hoped.
ALARM in Kenya
ALARM has been active in Kenya since the ministry’s beginning. Nairobi is home to the ALARM Kenya Office as well as ALARM’s Africa Regional Office that coordinates efforts of the other seven countries where ALARM serves.
Since early 2008, ALARM’s work in Kenya has been heavily focused on reconciliation. ALARM has trained top country leaders, church leaders, women leaders and community and tribal leaders in Biblical forgiveness, reconciliation and peacebuilding.
ALARM has continued the work it has always done to train pastors, with a special emphasis on equipping pastors on the east coast of Kenya to deal with the growth of Islam which is becoming more prevalent in that region.
ALARM’s Women and Children’s Department engages many different groups of women with programs that meet their needs, such as a literacy program for Maasai women, farming projects for those in rural areas, and training in establishing and operating small businesses for those in the slums of Nairobi. In addition to learning a particular skill, the women receive discipleship, and accountability and community.
The Emerging Leaders Program in Kenya has been focusing on peacebuilding and reconciliation among Kenya’s young people, who are often the first to get involved in violent conflict. It has established a peer mediation program in eleven public and private high schools throughout Kenya that trains students, teachers and school administrators to become agents of reconciliation.
- Sammy Linge, PhD, Country Director
- Caroline Mapesa Makanda, Coordinator, Women & Children’s Ministry
- Erick Ochieng Arowo, Coordinator, Emerging Leaders Program
- Rose Mwai, Administrative Assistant