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.
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
Founding Director - Dr. /Rev. Joy Kagwiria Mbaabu
Secretary - Jane Njeri Kimathi
Board Member - Betty Kirai
Our team is made up of highly committed and motivated individuals!
Joy Muthoni Gitau
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
- 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.