SOPA International was registered as an NGO in March, 2006 and issued with a legal certificate. However, prior to attaining the status of Non-Governmental organization, SOPA International had been operating as a Community based organization – CBO since 2002 in the slums of Nairobi (Korogocho).
SOPA is a peace and development non-governmental Organization whose activities run across international borders. SOPA International strives to empower children and young people in communities, Organizations and learning institutions to support their endeavors to rebuild relationships, clarify personal and organizational visions. This helps them see reality more clearly and develop, maintain and resolve conflict in a non-violent manner, hence act with empathy, patience, integrity and courage in the process of disengaging from violence that surrounds them and becoming agents of peace and social transformation.
To attain this, SOPA uses Value Based Sports, Cultural Activities and Creative arts, life skills and Team Up strategies to engage the youth on issues that affect and impact their lives.
SOPA International appreciates collective approach in contributing to the betterment of the selected target group through consultation, information sharing and implementation of programme activities in partnerships with faith-based and community based organizations and also in collaboration with the local and national governments of the countries where programme activities are run.
SOPA International’s mission is to facilitate the empowerment of children, young people and women through non-violent means, conflict transformation, capacity building and peace education. It also has many opportunities from outside, research and analysis, counseling and networking in order for them to participate in building positive peace, sustainable development and respect for human dignity in realizing a just and friendly world.