Chess in Kakuma Refugee Camp in NW Kenya Appeal
PROJECT PROPOSAL — CHESS AS A MECHANISM FOR PROMOTING COMMUNITY COHESIVENESS
“Building the culture of brotherhood”
This is a Project to consolidate and develop the playing of chess in Kakuma Refugee Camp in NW Kenya as a means of promoting peace and reconciliation between the different ethnic and political groups among South Sudanese refugees, and so, indirectly, to contribute to peace when they return to South Sudan. It is an initiative by CLIP (Church Leaders Initiative for Peace), based in South Sudan.
The idea has already been tried in the camp and found very successful over the last two years, and the aim is now to establish 5 centres with more secure facilities which will roll the idea out further and enable larger numbers of people to take part.
The total cost for the five chess centres is approx. £4500.
The project is aimed at both men and women, although women’s participation is more difficult to achieve.
WHO WE ARE — Church Leaders Initiative for Peace (abbreviated as CLIP)
was founded in the year 2017 and is supported by all the major Christian denominations in South Sudan. CLIP is a non-sectarian, non- profit making South Sudanese national humanitarian organization that aims at promoting peace and harmony among South Sudanese people in refugee camps such as Kakuma . Local contact is Richard Tazewell, Poole-Wau Partnership, 181 Sandy Lane, Poole BH 16 5LU.
Five new centres will be set up within Kakuma Camp which will offer chess facilities for up to 300 players, a big increase in what has so far been possible. The target group is 270 males and 45 females, and it is confidently expected that this will increase.
The CLIP Project Coordinator Nhial Kheer Duoi will be in overall charge of the Project and there will be coaches and team leaders in each of the centers.
29 Oct ‘18: Eric Sachs has added these supporting comments and explains how donations can be made:
“Richard Tazwell contacted me through local chess circles and we met to discuss “CHESS AS A MECHANISM FOR PROMOTING COMMUNITY COHESIVENESS”
It struck me there were so many good reasons to help with this cause. I have lived and worked in Nigeria so have good cause to know at first hand how difficult is to fund a project like this. Richard has advised me his organisation has collected over £70,000 over 6/7 years and assures this money has been received safely by their church in Kenya and distributed correctly.
Helping others that have very little and who no fault have been displaced and lost nearly all.
The advantages of playing chess in a refugee camp with little or poor facilities and are just waiting to return home or otherwise.
The benefits of playing chess to provide some fun and enjoyment and to develop others to achieve something at least from this terrible situation.
Finally, our opportunity to help others develop chess in another world and who knows one day you/I could be playing one of these people”.
CHEQUES AND PAYMENT CAN BE SENT DIRECTLY TO ERIC SACHS @ 5 KINGS COURTYARD, 30-32 KNYVETON ROAD, BOURNMEOUTH BH1 3QR.
PAYMENT CAN BE SENT ONLINE TO ACCOUNT 84622970 SORT CODE 51-81-18 REF THE PAYMENT – “CLIPS”
I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE ALL PAYMENTS RECEIVED AND ADVISE ON THE TOTAL SUM COLLECTED BY THE DORSET CHESS COMMUNITY.
October 31, 2018