Jahwar Amber Humanist Fund Capacity-Building Program
Jahwar Amber Fund, founded in 2009, is a secular organization registered as a trust under the laws of Kenya, CAP 142. It is the sole national organization of its kind, promising local support to humanist organizations of whatever type, with greater focus on University groupings: embracing humanist, atheist, rationalist, secularist, skeptic, ethical cultural, freethought and similar organizations countrywide. JAF grew from the vision held by the Humanist and Ethical Union of Kenya (HEUK), a voluntary body founded in 2004 which as at now is dormant and inactive. We continue to promote the ideals and values of Humanism: an ethical philosophy of life, based on a concern for humanity in general, and for human individual in particular. Jahwar Amber Fund has increasingly expanded to become Kenya’s national voice of Humanism. Thanks to the incubation and nurture as provided by the Secular Students Alliance
Drawing on the talents of the most prominent and creative thinkers across a wide range of disciplines, Jahwar Amber Fund seeks to encourage critical thinking and wise public policy through a variety of interrelated projects. The foundation will convene conferences, produce films, sponsor scientific studies and opinion polls, publish original research, and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals — all with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our country.
The Jahwar Amber Fund mission is to help build and nurture the national humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes humanist values nationally. Through the JAF’s nature and ability to channel young graduates into national organizations, it has built bridges among the secular community and reached new heights in the promotion of science, reason and free inquiry.
The JAF Capacity Building Project will aim to tackle the most serious problems facing humanist groups in Kenya, that of leadership and sustainability. We propose to solve this problem by creating prototype “leadership manual”, integrating into a single source, hundreds of archived non – religious information and providing access to a large body of primary source materials from collections documenting the progress of world humanism and the available resources as held by global humanist groups for continents such as Africa or the developing world in particular. The training curriculum for this capacity building is informed by the JAF Department of Education and Outreach through its follow up project, the SSA-funded JAF Virtual Office.
Building capacity refers to institutionalizing individual and organizational learning and new skills development in such a way that an organization is better able to meet its goals. In this case, the capacity building goes a step further and also builds the capacity of the group of organizations to better meet their shared goals. The assumption is that by learning and skill building together, organizations will simultaneously learn how to work more effectively together.
Objectives of this Project
- To bring into the open secular patriotic stewardship principles
- Design, implement and manage effective humanist projects ;
- Access and use secular knowledge and skills;
- Provide and nurture humanist leadership;
- Build awareness and support for secular humanism as a development strategy in the internal and external environments in which the groups operate.
- To sensitize Kenyans on the national humanist conservation ethic; and
- To implement these teachings within the parameters of an integrated growth and development project bearing in mind sustainability issues at a collaborative level.
With strong secular organizations, as Kenya, we shall be able to:
- End the influence that religion and pseudoscience have on public policy;
- End the privileged
position that religion and pseudoscience continue to enjoy in our
- End the stigma attached to being a nonbeliever, whether the nonbeliever describes her/himself as an atheist, agnostic, humanist, freethinker or skeptic.