CHANGE AMBASSADORS SOCCER TOURNAMENT (CAST) FINALS
With an attendance of over 300 Community Members, Partners and EPTF Management, the CAST final tournament held at Wareng High School, Uasin Gishu County on Saturday 9th, September 2017 provided a platform to promote peace in Kenya through youths participating in sports (soccer).
The tournament saw 8 teams participating, 4 teams representing Nakuru county and the other 4 representing Uasin Gishu.
4 teams proceeded to the finals. Eldoret Falcon beat Eldoret Youth 2-0 to emerge the winners in the women category. Langas FC followed up a dominant 2 -1 victory over Uzalendo FC in the men category.
The Change Ambassador Soccer Tournament (CAST) is a peace initiative that is implemented by the Economic Project Transformational Facility (EPTF). Its main objective is to train youths on how to be peace ambassadors in their communities during the election period and afterwards. This is done through integrating soccer tournament with workshops which train on conflict resolution, civic education and use of non-aggressive language. So far, EPTF has held training on conflict resolution, advocacy for a favorable voting environment for women and workshop on use of non-aggressive language.
The message of peace was echoed by EPTF’s CEO, Mary Kamore who was grateful for the peace observed during the tournament despite the diversity in tribes.
“There is no need to fight where we reside. We should all preach peace in our communities and participate in community development for the betterment of the whole society.” She said.
Peter Kario, the Chairman , County Peace Forum – Nakuru, urged the youth and community members to focus on God’s word for guidance and pray for peace in our country Kenya.
The fulfilling day ended with the winning teams being awarded medals, soccer balls and trophies as a token of appreciation.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful”. Colossians 3:15