‘Talanta na Amani’, which is Swahili for ‘Talent and Peace’ is a Social Arts Development Course/ Project powered through a partnership between Sarakasi Trust and our sponsor, the U.S. Embassy Nairobi where 100 talented youth are currently being taken through vigorous soft and hard skill training for eight months, beginning January 2022.
The project hopes to mitigate gang violence, unemployment and other social issues that young people face within Nakuru County.
The course centers the arts for the promotion of peaceful coexistence and social change. We believe that the arts are a powerful tool in creating the world that we want to see, and the fact that young people are endowed with untapped talent, skills and potential, we perceive that impact among the youth and their immediate communities, will be experienced as an outcome of this project.
Speaking during the launch, the Cultural Attache’ from the US Embassy Nairobi Mr. Christopher Machin remarked, ” The project will create a platform for using the arts for dialogue and expression, while creating employment to the participants…”
What Sarakasi Trust intends to do with the project is to equip the participants with knowledge and skills, which then transfers into an actionable plan, where their artistic expression is merged with efforts to promote social change, peaceful coexistence, while they become positive change ambassadors in their communities.
Since the project kicked off at the beginning of the year 2022, the participants have covered a range of topics from Communication, Leadership, Marketing, Intellectual Property, Branding, Conflict Resolution, Gang Violence and Networking among others.
From our interactions with some of the beneficiaries from the project, we deduce that this training could not have come at a better time and City, as we continue to confront various issues that the contributors of the creative economy grapple with, especially in Nakuru City. We saw an opportunity to not only respond to these issues, but also to curb the possibility of threatening circumstances such as gang violence and conflict.
Many thanks to our partners, the US Embassy Nairobi, for funding the Project and the American Corner Nakuru for hosting us.
Over the years Sarakasi has implemented many projects. Most projects come and go with available funding or even trends and needs.