That and other incidents of human rights violations convinced St. Martin CSA to set up a community programme for peace and reconciliation. Inspiration was found in the work of ChemiChemi ya Ukweli (Fountain of Truth), an organization located in Nairobi and the international movement on active non-violence.
The programme is currently running two projects: - Awakening suppressed voices project which focuses on Gender-Based Violence (GBV). It works with the communities to strengthen their capacities in preventing and addressing GBV.
Dumisha Amani project envisions an entrenched culture of peace and non-violence among communities of Laikipia County. It focuses on strengthening the community capacity in addressing conflicts amicably and working towards communities’ cohesion.
CPPR employs a multi-sectoral approach and involves stakeholders from all the sectors, rights bearers and the duty bearers.
"I was brought up in a family of 6 (4 boys and 2 girls). We grew up knowing that women and girls must not speak or even stand up when speaking to men in whichever forum - whether at home nor in the community. No woman or girl is supposed to greet a man unless he initiates the greetings.
At school, my brothers monitored my every move and reported any ‘misbehavior’ to my parents with dire consequences. I thought this was love and care until later in life I learned differently. Like many girls, my voice was being suppressed. During one school holiday, I was invited to visit an aunt who lived across the ridge. At her place, I met 10 other girls, some known to me. That night we went through the cruel cut. We didn’t have a choice, neither a voice. We had been socialized to a culture of silence.
Three days later, I was married off to a 57 years old man as a third wife. This was the most painful and traumatic experience I have lived through. It had both short term and long term consequences that torture me to this date."
Matilda is today actively involved in organizing and facilitating community dialogues to stop female genital mutilation in her community.