CPMHF VISION

To see an empowered and transformed society  that uses dialogue, our rich African indigenous cultural heritage, and peace traditions to promote respect of human rights, gender equality, peaceful coexistence and sustainable human development.

CPMHF curators
CPMHF OBJECTIVES
  • To promote peaceful coexistence in the family, and community through promotion of conflict resolution skills, and inter-generational dialogue.
    To provide a forum for active participation, understanding and appreciation of the use of cultural heritage in peace building in Kenya.
  • To realize a harmonious civil society where indigenous peace cultures are embraced, in building sustainable environmental and holistic human development.
  • To create greater opportunities for women and minority groups like the marginalized Maweto mothers to exercise the right of freedom of expression; become active participants in democratization processes and exercise influence in public decision making through advocacy on gender and sexuality rights.
PREVIOUS PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

CPMHF ran the Journeys of Peace (JoP) in different parts of Kenya in partnership with the CHwB in 2013, which aimed to empower and transform communities through the use of cultural heritage in the realization and respect of human rights, peaceful co-existence and sustainable human development through a traveling exhibition.

Download the CHwB_JourneysOfPeace_low pdf document to read more.

CPMHF ran the Kenya Youth for Peace Project (Y4P) in 2014-2015 which engaged Youth in creative activities to promote traditional African cultures of peaceful coexistence and diversity in different parts of Kenya. These young people in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, and in the communities have acquired knowledge in artistic and creative expressions of democracy and are able to use the expertise to strengthen the network of peace museums and peace clubs in Kenya.

In 1994, the Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation (CPMHF) was formed by Dr. Sultan Somjee, a Kenyan ethnographer who aimed to explore the values of peace that were once embedded in visual and oral traditions of Kenya’s indigenous cultures.

Dr. Somjee trained indigenous men and women in rural communities to conserve material culture associated with peace traditions. The aim was to strengthen the cultural foundations that commemorate memories of living without violence among various ethnic tribes through cultural heritage. What makes the CPMHF peace museums unique is that they focus on a grassroots approach to “recall collective memories of reconciliation during contemporary conflicts” (Somjee, 2014, 8).

The goal of CPMHF is to utilize cultural heritage knowledge as a resource for conflict resolution and sustainable development. Today, CPMHF has a network of community based peace museums. These include:

  • Abagusii Peace Museum
  • Aembu Peace Museum
  • Akamba Peace Museum
  • Dorobo Peace Museum
  • Isukha Mulindi Peace Museum
  • Keiyo Peace Museum
  • Lari Memorial Peace Museum
  • Maasai Peace Museum
  • Pastoralist Peace Museum
  • Pokot Peace Museum
  • Tharaka Peace Museum
  • Chuka Peace Museum
  • Yaaku Peace Museum
  • Seu seu peace Museum
  • Osotua Peace Museum
  • Waata Peace Museum
  • Wailwana Peace Museum
  • Mnyoyaya Peace Museum
  • Elmolo Peace Museum
  • Gabra Peace Museum
  • Borana Peace Museum
  • Rendile Peace Museum
  • Samburu Peace Museum
  • Sabaot Peace Museum
  • Tugen Peace Museum
  • Luo Peace Museum
  • Abasuba Peace Museum
  • Keiyo Peace Museum

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