About Us

About the Organisation

Founded in 1994, APT brings together a group of young volunteer artists committed to utilizing their talents and skills in drama and theatre in fashioning a story of peace with communities. Amani Peoples Theatre (APT) is an initiative of African artiste- peace builders. APT employs an interactive multi-arts approach in its peace building and conflict transformation training. The theatre for peace process integrates education, entertainment and research in exploring context specific conflict issues and enhancing the search for creative non-violent responses to conflict. APT mainly works with grassroots and middle level communities in both rural and urban Kenya and people in difficult circumstances. APT has conducted workshops and performances in Kenya, the greater East Africa region, Sudan, Europe, and America.

Vision:

APT envisions a peaceful, developed and egalitarian society that upholds human dignity

Mission:

APT seeks to enhance the space and skills for communities to respond to conflict and development issues in creative ways that re-affirm the sanctity of human life. .

OPPORTUNITIES

Amani Peoples Theatre offers opportunities for mature adults to experience the work that they do with different communities in Kenya.


Strategic Priorities for Kenya


  • Enhance the capacity of communities to build peace and respond to conflict non-violently and effectively
  • Build the capacity of communities to hold devolved governance structures to account and ensure it works for them
  • Enhance leadership skills of members of the community
  • Walk alongside communities to enable them demand their rights as enshrined in the new constitution, especially on issues of land / historical injustices
  • Participate in building and strengthening visible and effective networking and collaboration forums in peace and development work
  • Build a vibrant, relevant and effective organization (APT) that sustainably responds to the needs and challenges of the communities.
  • Our Programs


  • Training and expertise in Art Based Conflict Transformation & Peace building
  • Applied Theatre Trainings
  • Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism
  • Conflict Early Warning Early Response
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Participatory Child Rehabilitation – including Juvenile crime prevention and Trauma healing (drama therapy & Psychodrama).
  • Our Model


    The educational, therapeutic and meditative elements of African indigenous theatre as well as the theories of Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Theatre of the Oppressed by Brazilian educators Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal immensely inspire the work of the organization. APT makes a difference by weaving together the performance Arts, Peace education, Reconciliation and African traditional forms of performance and rituals in order to increase the peoples’ knowledge and sensitivity, expand their awareness and creativity, sharpen their understanding and caring-all with the conviction that the cultural enlightenment and community involvement in fashioning stories of peace, can help lead a more civil society.

    Projects


    Cross-Border Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding


    Along the Boundaries of Kericho, Kisumu and Nandi Counties
    The project envisions on improving individuals� attitudes by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and artistic 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 pre and post-conflict trauma healing for victims of violence.

    Empowering and Amplifying Youthful Voices to Counter Violent Extremism


    Area: Nairobi City
    The project seeks to empower young people in Eastleigh – Nairobi County in utilizing online and offline spaces to counter violent extremism, radicalization and promote peace.

    Recent Past Projects


    Changing the Violent Extremism Direction:


    Areas: Nairobi and Kwale Counties
    Preventing individuals at risk of radicalization from being recruited into or joining violent extremist groups. Targeting youth, women and young religious leaders, both Christian and Muslim communities

    Promoting Social Cohesion in Nairobi Informal Settlements


    Areas: Kibera Inner City
    Using multi-arts approach, targeting landlords and tenants on the issue of land and structure ownership in the slums. Succeeded in providing dialogue forums bringing together landlords, tenants and government to resolve conflicts. Enhanced community adoption and ownership of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms based on restorative justice principles.

    Participatory Theatre in Crafting Human Rights Interventions


    Areas: Kwale County
    Project creates community led protection and support mechanisms for peacebuilding and human rights by empowering women in Kenya as prevention agents in human rights abuse and peacebuilding at the household level.

    The Kenya Election Violence Prevention and Response Program(KEVP) Conflict Early Warning Early Response


    Areas: Uasin Gishu County, Nakuru County, Nandi County, Naivasha Town, Kisumu County, Mathare Inner City, Kibera Inner City
    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.

    Democracy and Governance


    Areas: North Rift Region, West Pokot County
    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.