APT has been a key player in this field since its inception in 1994. The Conflict Transformation and Peace-building program focus on Enhancing the capacity of key actors in the community through training and the provision of skills and community forums.
The forums provide both the physical and psychological “safe space” to experience and experiment on ideas in a vicarious world. The process enables people to dialogue on issues affecting them in a creative and redemptive process that re-affirms their rights, knowledge, heritage and collective vision.
Over the years, APT has been instrumental in building sustainable structures and processes for conflict transformation and peace-building in most parts of Kenya and the East Africa region.
The project envisions on improving individuals’ attitudes by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and tools to envision the future and plan for the prevention of/response to conflict existing and arising within and between communities. The project also focuses on post-conflict trauma healing for victims of violence.
The project uses Peoples Theatre which deeply involves specific communities in identifying issues of concern, analyzing current conditions and causes of a situation, identifying points of change, and analyzing how change could happen and/or contributing to the actions implied. Better defined by its intentions of personal and social transformation, than by the various forms it may take, Peoples Theatre draws on participants’ experiences to collectively create theatre and engage in discussion of issues through theatrical means.
Amani Peoples Theatre (APT) has been working for many years to build sustainable peace structures in selected communities in Kenya.
Mercy Corps supported by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).
The program was implemented in three counties; Kisumu, Nakuru and Nandi.
The project was to train youth Bunge members to enhance their participation in rapid training on EWER, roles and responsibilities of the response teams as well as enhancing their participation in early warning early response as they form a key component of communications and response chain.
Levels of threat and response processes (transient versus substantive threats)
Why EWER—past state, present view and future possibilities
Violence prevention (What has been done previously and what remains to be done, reading signs and knowing when to take action)
Community members’ role in peace
Enhancing voices of women and youth in their quest demanding for good Governance and accountability on the part of the leaders/administrators/legislators both at the local and national levels.
The Amani Peoples Theatre (APT) Trauma Healing model is structured within a group process. All creative arts interventions are introduced within the safe space of the group, which acts as a microcosm of “a perfect community” in which risks can be taken and personal metaphors explored. Within the group, each creative multi-arts intervention flows from one to another in seamless transitions to enhance personal and interpersonal connections.
The message in the APT multi-arts healing process is one of health, community connectedness (“we are not in this alone”) and “we can have fun”. Language is crucial in labelling individuals and groups. We do not “do therapy” nor do we “diagnose, treat, or label” our participants. Since its beginning in 1994, APT multi-arts healing process workshops have been invitations to imagination and healing, not PRESCRIPTION group therapy sessions.
This differentiation in language parallels recent efforts to promote mental health within the entire community and to encourage preventive health and skills building.
The multi-arts process tries to develop this capacity of everyone to use that language: first with the objective of trying to discover what oppressions and challenges we are facing; and second, to create a space in which to rehearse ways and means of fighting against those oppressions; third, to extrapolate that into real life, so that we become free – which means we become subject and not object of our relationships with others.
Provision of space for the community to dialogue on the role of women and their participation on issues of governance,
Collecting information necessary for influencing both local and national policies regarding women’s participation in issues of governance,
providing women with the technical knowledge and skills for holding institutions of governance accountable,
Lobbying with local institutions to engender policies that are sensitive to the involvement of women in governance issues,
Enhancing the desire of women to get involved in issues of governance