Access to Justice
Haki na Sheria works with disadvantaged communities who don’t often know what their rights are as citizens. As one of our key areas of intervention, the Access to Justice programme uses a multi-tiered approach of Civic Education/Capacity building of community members and service providers; Community Mobilization; Research and Documentation; Legal Aid and Representation, to achieve the three part objective of understanding the law, knowing how to use it, and having the confidence to change it.
The communities we work with in Garissa is part of the North Eastern region of Kenya and is among the poorest counties in Kenya, with over 70% of the population classified as poor; compared to the national average figure of 45.9%. Successive governments have, unfortunately, subjected the people in this area to gross human rights violations and discriminative administrative practices; our programmes give them free support through knowledge to access justice.
Women and Youth Empowerment
Women in the communities we work with have traditionally been stifled by patriarchal cultural practices that don’t recognise their capacity to contribute to the decision making process. In the same vein, young people are also not afforded the socio-political space to make their needs known. The youth are also subject to a restricted representative space. In a society where men are afforded the best and most effective positions to be heard and make changes, Haki na Sheria works with the disenfranchised parts of the community to help make sure they are able to take part in the activities that are protected for them by law in more than just a token position. When youth, in particular, are not allowed this vital space, they are more vulnerable to agents recruiting for violent extremism. Our programmes strive to address these gaps and to find solutions to the problems they present.
Governance and Accountability
In the newly devolved Kenyan political environment, the country continues to struggle with streamlining the laws and policies it has in writing to the administrative practices on the ground, this programme seeks to challenge the history of impunity and corruption that continues to leave its impact on the management of public resources. The programme organises communities and records their stories to ensure their voices are heard in key decision making forums in our push for greater transparency.
We recognise that pastoral communities have unique and fast eroding cultural practices that need protecting and celebrating. The communities we work with are stuck between the traditional pastoral existence and the increasing pressure to live a more modern life that fits in with the changing society. Climate change poses a serious challenge to this way of life and documenting the resilience of the people is a key part of our work.
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, colour, national origin in the processes that will protect or change the environment they live in. We provide the community with the opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may affect their environment and/or health. Haki na Sheria bridges the gap between the community and the people who decide on development projects that could change the way they live.
Nationality in Kenya is regulated by Chapter III of the Kenya Constitution 2010 and the 2011 Citizenship and Immigration Act. This program seek to help the community in acquiring their citizenship rights with the help of well-trained paralegals.