The Lotto Foundation gave funds to enable all
elders from all communities and 47 counties in
Kenya travel, meet and deliberate on major issues
affecting the Kenyan society.
The idea of a dialogue forum amongst elders was driven by the realization that legislation and institutional reforms must engage with the customs and traditions that are recognized and practiced throughout Kenya, in order to deconstruct and re-conceptualize existing attitudes, beliefs and perceptions.
The Council of Elders responds to this realization by bringing together elders and community leaders from all 47 counties of Kenya and creates a positive dialogue amongst the different communities. Prior to colonial times, the elders in Kenya served as the primary arbiters and dispute resolution agents and provided guidance to their respective communities on the issues of the day.
Their opinions and verdicts were upheld and respected. To this day, elders command respect and authority. Article 159 of the Constitution promotes the use of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms that do not contravene the Bill of Rights and that are not inconsistent with the Constitution. The Council of Elders is among the traditional dispute resolution mechanisms that are formally recognized.
In the wake of the post-election violence in 2007-2008, the National Council of Elders was among the strongest advocates of peace. Their active dialogue forums across the country produced very favorable results. Lotto Foundation is honored to support this noble cause with a grant of Ksh 7,037,000 in keeping with its mandate for supporting communities and heritage.