Caravan Amani (Peace caravan) East africa

VYP is well known for the annual National Peace Camel Caravan in Kenya since 2004,which aims to encourage the youth to form as many youth groups as possible at there own local community in order to tap the available resources within the area for self –reliance and community development. This was to emphasize that education is not the only way to success but teamwork, hard work, discovering own talents and turning them to a career is also a way to a better future. Peace Caravan was a tool used during the last year post election violence in Rift Valley to bring the conflicting communities together for dialogue to enhance peaceful coexistence, which has led to the start of a new project Skill for Sustainable Peace to address social economic issues among the youth which has made them venerable to the hands of the politicians.

Voluntary Youth Philanthropists, having been part of the Caravan Amani in 2004 for Greatlakes, its again partnering with Esperance for the second, this time East Africa Caravan Amani taking place in March 2009.

Esperance – the implementing organisation, in collaboration with SRSA, YDF is aiming to recreate Caravan Amani by drawing from best practices and learned lessons of the experiences made in 2004 and by extending the tour to central Uganda, eastern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

Caravan Amani East Africa partners

1. Voluntary Youth Philanthropists (VYP) – Kenya.
2. Esperance (the implementing organization)- Rwanda
3. Centre Kamenge – Burundi,
4. Rainbow House of Hope – Uganda
5. Tanzania
6. South Africa – NGO “I – Pal”.

The participants will be recruited from the (6) countries, through Esperance partner organizations, of which each partner country will be represented by 6 young people aged 18 to 30 years. The participants will have to be able to speak either English or Swahili. In addition to that, a gender-balanced team is a prerequisite.

Each group from the respective countries is contributing a specific element, such as Football Forum Theatre, Street Style Football, Sketches and Stand-up-Comedy, Marching Band, Pop Music, Jazz-Dance

The Caravan Amani will start in Kigali with one week planning, rehearsal and team building. The real Caravan Amani on the move, Kicks off in Bujumbura (BUR) and leading around Lake Victoria via Butare (RWA), Mbarara (UGA), Kampala (UGA), Kisumu (KEN), Homa Bay (KEN), Mwanza (TAN) to Kigali (RWA) again for the closing and evaluation of the Caravani Amani.

“Youth lets unites and focus on our future”



Skills for Peace

Dear all,

“Light a Home” is a project of voluntary Youth Philanthropists to ensure that rural areas have DIY solar for the light and for radio power and solar torches. The project I thought of during my visit to the UK when we met with Graham who also gave me samples to carry with me.

I have organized youth in 3 rural settings (20-25 people per group) in Kenya where they use petroleum products for lighting the lamps/any other lighting equipment. we have introduced the concept and used the samples to illustrate the use of the solar for radios especially and touch. The project has been embraced by the youth in the rural areas and we are working together to set up the project to benefit the homes in the rural settings where their main source of income is subsistence farming and pastrolism, education to many is a luxury after standard eight due to lack of school fees and thus makes it very difficult to raise the standards of living. HIV/aids has also rocked the areas with little knowledge on the same. The groups we have organised will be used for outreach in the community after the necessary trainings and they will also work on the “Light a Home” project as a source of income generating project one among the many they will be introduced to as the time goes by.

I have a technical guy who is going to show them how to assemble the DIY solar, and later the project to be for the community/youth in the rural area. However, the materials to assemble for the above mentioned solar lighting projects one is approximately USD 10 and can be sold between USD 20-30. I am looking for people who are willing to contribute for the project as seed money. I would appreciate if i could be supported with USD 500 to kick start the project.

In summer we have organised work camps in those 3 rural areas and we are going to make some of the equipments and encourage interactions among youth from different communities.

Thanks to Graham Knight for the knowledge you have shared with me. You will give a smile to many youth rocked in rural remote areas.

Light a Home