Tabasamu Peace and Social Cohesion Sessions in Kibra and Mathare Sub-Counties, held on August 24-25, 2023, marked a significant milestone in promoting peace and unity. Focused on art and expression, this initiative, named “Tabasamu Mtaani” (Smile in the Neighborhood), transformed Kamkunji Grounds in Kibra and Huruma Grounds in Mathare into hubs of cultural celebration and peace advocacy. The event featured large peace graffiti murals, performances by local artists, and speeches by community leaders, all conveying strong messages of harmony and coexistence. Over 1,000 attendees, including 700 from Kibra and 300 from Mathare, witnessed this amalgamation of art and activism.

The event aimed to empower youth through artistic expression and disseminate peace-centric messages across various communication platforms, including social and mainstream media. Key actions included inspirational speeches, collaborative murals by Tabasamu champions, and diverse cultural expressions through dance and art. The initiative highlighted the importance of community participation and dialogue in fostering peace and understanding, particularly in areas historically prone to violence and political unrest.

Digital engagement played a crucial role in amplifying the event’s impact, with attendees and organizers sharing updates and content on social media. This event not only celebrated local culture and heritage but also set a precedent for using art as a powerful tool for social change and peace-building within communities.

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