We believe that peace is possible –
even in the most unlikely spaces.
We believe this because we’ve seen it with
our own eyes. And now we’re ready to share 10 years worth of peace and conflict resolution research with the world. And we want you to join us, because peace is not something you think or feel. Peace is something you do.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
A Chance for Peace started off as a documentary film, but after 10 years of immersive peace research throughout the globe, it has become a beacon of hope for the residents of Africa’s largest slum. The film chronicles the story of 3 unsung heroes in Kenya who started their own grassroots peace efforts following post-election violence that displaced 600,000 people. Exploring his own motivations in the process, first-time director Tyler Batson’s tells a story that provides a look into the failure of the democratic process, highlighting the strength of the human spirit to overcome all odds in the name of peace.
WHAT WE DO
A Chance for Peace has come a long way since Tyler went wandering the streets of Kibera slum asking strangers, “What is your definition of peace?” As threats of new violence emerged in the most recent election in Kenya, the film served as a tool to promote peace, inspiring even members of the Taliban to keep peace. Since then, we’ve collaborated with local youth leaders on free-to-the-public peace events, and look forward to bringing peace education to all 200 of Kibera’s schools. Ambitious? We know. Possible? Absolutely!
While the film is currently in the beginning stages of distribution,
we are continuing to support leadership in peacemaking
in Kenya and here in the U.S.
I knew bringing this pivotal year to life on the web was going to be a challenge, but as I’ve learned, the trick to overcoming any challenge is to find the beauty. Luckily I stumbled upon graphic designer and illustrator Phathu Nembilwi’s Instagram page. One DM later and our creative collaboration began – from 10,300 miles away.
“There were people who attended the last events who returned once more. Still others showed up and asked if they could volunteer to help with the event. But the biggest shock was to find out that criminals showed up to the event and watch “A Chance for Peace.”
Special thanks to our latest donor Melissa Rivera Sosa for her contribution to A Chance for Peace. She’s a dear friend of director Tyler Batson and exemplifies a spirit of unwavering determination and faith – a spirit that is a privilege to see grow more and more each day.