The practice of sport is a recognized instrument for promoting peace, as it disregards both geographical borders and social classes. It also plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. In its efforts to use sport as a catalyst for peace and social development, The Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation has supported several initiatives in the past years, namely:-
Peace Races have been held since 2001 to promote peaceful co-existence among pastoral communities in the Karamoja cluster Regions among Pokot, Turkana, Marakwet, and Karamojong communities
The foundation uses boxing combined with education and personal development to realize the potential of young people in communities affected by crime and violence.
Kids Athletics was conceptualized as the first step in the pyramid of IAAF coaching courses and is a great way to empower the athlete refugees by giving them the basic training which will enable them to eventually continue along the path and pursue careers in coaching
Conflicts among different communities have been very prevalent in Kenya. These conflicts are caused by various reasons ranging from endemic poverty, economic inequality, and cultural reasons.
However, Sport is a universal language that can be understood by all, It’s intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world thus can be harnessed in advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence. These values are core in resolving any conflicts.
Here at the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation we are always seeking for new ways of diversifying the use of sports in peace building. This encourages more people to participate since there are people who cannot run but enjoy a different sport, thus more positive results in peace making. We also emphasize on stakeholder analysis, consultation, and incorporation so as to ensure that all our sporting activities are more accommodative.
We always seek to ensure that there is women and children participation so that the peace message will be assimilated by all the age groups; This is because the women and the children are usually the ones who are worst affected by any form of violence. Therefore, the culture of tolerance and togetherness needs to be cultivated to the young generation early on and this will have a positive impact when they grow up.