“The Elman Peace Centre (ELMAN) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation which was founded in Somalia in 1990 and is dedicated to promoting peace, cultivating leadership and empowering the marginalised brackets of society to be decision makers in the processes that ensure wellbeing.” Elman Peace is named after its founder, Elman Ali Ahmed, who to this day is remembered as the Somali Father of Peace. Elman and his wife, Fartuun Adan, ran the non-profit organisation together until the war worsened in Somalia. His wife left for Canada for her safety and Elman stayed in Somalia to fight for peace. This would be the last time they would see each other. Elman Ali Ahmed became a victim of of a political assassination by execution on the 9th of March 1996. His wife, Fartuun, would return to Somalia in 2006 to finish the work that he started. Their daughter, Ilwad Aman, would follow in 2010 to join her mother so that they could lead Elman Peace together. The organisation currently works to rid Somalia of war and its effects through the instalment of various programmes to help local communities. Providing job creation programmes, skills training and many more to help individuals better their life so that they can help those around them.
Daily Paper, an Amsterdam based clothing label which is inspired by the founders’ own African heritage and passion for contemporary fashion has partnered up with Elman Peace to support an ongoing project of the Elman Peace Centre. The project regards the rehabilitation and the reintegration of child soldiers in Somalia. The project uses football as an outlet and entry point for psychological counselling and support for overcoming trauma. The initiative called “drop the gun, pick up the pen” is looking to activate youth to leave the armed forces and go back to school and play football in the name of peace. The programme also focusses on supporting children at risk of recruitment. Within the partnership, Daily Paper hopes to come up with the proceeds in order to fund a full-sized football field in the city of Mogadishu.
In light of the partnership with Elman Peace, Daily Paper has come up with a collaborative capsule consisting of several white tees. Each tee showcases the Daily Paper branding on the back, but no design is the same. Each tee showcases a drawing by one of the children who has left the armed militants and has reclaimed his life through the aid of the Elman Peace group. All the proceeds attained from the sales of the tees will go to the funding of the football pitch in Mogadishu.
Checkout the images below for the tees. The entire Daily Paper X Elman Peace collection can be found in the FRESHCOTTON webshop.