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Lamu County Peace Sports Extravaganza 2018

Promoting Peace and Peaceful Co-existence using Sports as a Tool for Mobilization

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Lamu County, just like most of the counties at the coast is grappling with the problem of illegal groups, Hiv/Aids and Drugs and Substance Abuse. We have seen many of the youths falling into this trap leading to very miserable lives. These youths have become a security threat as well as a threat to the Peaceful Co-existence among communities. This has led to low economic output. Most of them drop out of school or score very low marks which makes it difficult for them to secure employment hence a vicious cycle of poverty. An immediate and decisive measure needs to be put in place to check on the spread of the vices which can destroy a whole generation if not checked. Our program aims at giving them hope in life through sports.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our Targets are the youths between the ages of 15 to 35 who are the most vulnerable in the Community. Lamu Borders Somalia and they are at risk of getting recruited to join illegal gangs or becoming Radicalized.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Youths in Lamu from the differerent Tribes and Religions were not seeing eye to eye especially after the 2014 attack by suspected Al-Shabab Militants who killed more than 100 men at Mpeketoni. It was only through a county wide Soccer Tournament that we were able to bring them again together in an annual Tournament which involves more that 10,000 youths from the County.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Full Scale Roll Out: I have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Lamu County Sports Promotion Group works with the Lamu County Government to keep the youth off Radicalization, illegal gangs, Drugs and other vices.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

In June 2014, suspected Al-Shabab Militia attacked Mpeketoni in Lamu County. What followed were tensions both Religious and inter-tribal. During the celebration of the first anniversary in June 2015, we tried to bring the groups together but there was still a lot of suspicion. That is when we came up with the idea of a Soccer Tournament covering the ten wards of the County with ward winners converging at Mpeketoni. The Tournament attracted more than 10,000 youths and were very successful.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Youths from the more than twenty tribes and two Religious affiliations come together and share even accommodation for three days regardless of tribe, colour, creed or Religious inclinations.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The Community, the police, Provincial Administration and the County Government are brought together. Youths no longer fear the police and are ready to volunteer information about any illegal activities in the community.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The Youth fanatical love for soccer makes its easy to bring them together.

Geographic Focus

Lamu County, Coast Region in the Republic of Kenya

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

Six Months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)



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Check out our Kumekucha idea that has also been submitted and let's see if we can collaborate on our next round of programming in Lamu County.

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Great. We can work together!