Invitation to Celebrate Peace:
Bowie and Jensen, LLC invites you to celebrate peace as we host a meet and greet reception for our friend Rachel Brown, CEO of Sisi ni Amani Kenya.
Ms. Brown will be giving a short presentation about Sisi ni Amani, a non-profit organization that successfully uses mobile phones to promote peace across all sectors of Kenyan society. Sisi Ni Amani, or “We are Peace” in Kiswahili uses text messaging and other means of communication to prevent violence and increase civic engagement and education in Kenyan elections.
Sisi ni Amani’s most recent success was during Kenya’s general election in March 2013. The organization sent 682,227 messages to over 65,000 subscribers, reaching them directly on their phones with voter education and violence prevention messages.
Please join Bowie and Jensen, LLC for appetizers and light fare as we welcome Rachel Brown back to Maryland and celebrate Sisi ni Amani’s success during the recent Kenyan election.
Location: Café Hon
Address: 1002 W 36th Street, Hampden, Baltimore, 21211
When: Tuesday June 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Additional information: Cash bar
RSVP: Click here to register.
Sisi ni Amani Kenya
“The message reminded me and my colleagues that we are fellow Kenyans and we shouldn’t fight each other and this is what i think contributed to the peace in my area…it would have been bad if the messages didn’t constantly remind us that we belong to each other”
“People were wondering who was watching and they behaved peacefully after the messages came in”
“The messages…showed that someone cared about the people of the slums. I think when the slum dwellers feel like they have been neglected then they become mad and result to violence but this time you guys remembered us.”
“Rumours circulated in the morning almost brought commotion, that the election kit had been spoilt… People were worried. Rumours spread so fast, but when asked how they got info those spreading rumours disappeared and calm returned. We are getting messages from SNA-K and forwarding to all in our phonebooks….There is a big effect.”
“People were afraid to commit violence because thought the messages meant they were being watched.”
“The messages made me relax even in the midst of the [small-scale] violence that was happening…I still felt like someone was in control and watching and I knew things would be okay in the end after reading the message.”
“The messages helped to bring a sense of calm to the community because people were reading the messages and would get a sense of responsibility as a Kenyan and a member of the community to maintain peace. I would also forward to my friends”