About Us

Who We Are

ACA is a Non-profit organization established in 2001 to contribute to a quest for peace in society. Our initiatives link grassroot peace activities to global peace movements using SDG 16 and 17.

To our credit are several areas of competitive advantage that single us out in the peace building industry. These include our unique approach to peace building, in which we integrate the crosscutting issues of gender, nonviolence and human rights. Additionally, we possess the unique ability to link grassroots peace activism with global peace movements, which is synergistic indeed.

We also ensure sustainability of our interventions through formation of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) by our alumni. We provide them with technical support and leadership training to increase their chances of becoming self propelled and self sustained vehicles for sustainable.development.



Our History


In 2001, a group of women lawyers came together due to a shared concern in the slow, energy- draining, adversarial, relationship- breaking court processes in Kenya, especially relating to family matters. They founded Family Mediation and Conciliation Center (FAMEC), a nonprofit that could offer constructive resolution of family disputes as well as popular education and advocacy to reduce incidents of litigation, conflict and violence in the families. In 2007, FAMEC was renamed Amani Communities Africa (ACA) in appreciation of its changed mandate and scope of work- focus on community peace building and expansion to other African countries. The founding chair of the board of directors of ACA is Joy Mbaabu. She is the vision bearer who has kept the vision and consistency of ACA over the years.

Board of Directors

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Founding Director - Dr. /Rev. Joy Kagwiria Mbaabu

Joy Mbaabu is a lawyer, mediator and conflict resolution practitioner with thirty years of local and international experience. She is a social justice advocate and a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Joy is a trainer, writer and speaker who enjoy nature, travel and spiritual pursuits. She holds degrees in Law, Peace Studies & International Relations and Leadership & Conflict Transformation. The 12 perfect L words that guide her life are-: Live, Love, Light, Laugh, Listen, Learn, Link, Look- back, Look- up, Look -forward, Let- go & Leave a Legacy. Her vision for ACA is a premier nonprofit robustly, boldly and innovatively contributing to a culture of peace in Africa and worldwide.
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Secretary - Jane Njeri Kimathi

Njeri is a Kenyan passionate peace ambassador & practitioner, a certified mediator and a social rights activist. A graduate with a Master in Peace Studies and International Relations, she has been working in peace building, conflict transformation & leadership development since 2006, with a focus on women. Njeri uses safe spaces for women to heal from their woundedness through reflections, story-telling, forgiveness and reconciliation. She is a speaker and facilitator in many forums and programs locally and internationally. She has been an International Coordinator for Creators of Peace (CoP), and is a founding director and facilitator of Healing Conversations Program (HCP). In 2010, she received the ‘Outstanding Service Award’, from the Women’s Information Network (WIN), in recognition for her outstanding service in women in peace-building. Njeri is a wife and a mother of three girls.
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Board Member - Betty Kirai

Betty Kirai is an advocate of the high court of Kenya with over 15 years post admission experience. She is a legal practitioner passionate about social justice and economic empowerment of communities. Betty has extensive experience in debt finance transactions and is a legal counsel at Oikocredit, a social impact investor.
Education
  • University of Nairobi ,Bachelor of Law, LLB
  • Kenya School of Law
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    Professional Qualifications
  • Law Society of Kenya
  • Staff

    Our team is made up of highly committed and motivated individuals!

    Jane Mwiti

    Accountant/Administrator
    jane@acafrica.or.ke

    David Gitonga

    Office Assistant

    Joy Muthoni Gitau

    Program Officer
    joygitau@acafrica.com

    Andrew Kinuthia

    Intern

    International Days

    As ACA we take time to commemorate special international days that go hand in hand with our goals. They include;

    • International Women’s Day 8th March
    • International Day for Peace 21st September
    • World Environment Day 5th June

    Our Strategies

    • To build capacities of communities in positive conflict resolution mechanisms including dialogue, mediation and nonviolence.
    • To enhance access to justice through human rights education and strengthening of community governance and justice systems.
    • To increase capacities of communities to effectively participate in good governance and democratization processes.