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CRAVE Interfaith Youth Tour, Mombasa, Kenya

GNRC–Kenya in partnership with Pwani Youth Network, Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE), Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) and PADADA Initiative, organized a Community Resilience interfaith tour in Mombasa, Kenya to sensitize youth on the importance of ending violence against children. Forty six (46) participants, most of them youth and children participated in the tour organized on 29th December 2017. The interfaith tour aimed at enriching diversity in religion, culture and beliefs of the community members as well as to educate the youth on tolerance, respect and peaceful co-existence.

The youth, through the guidance of GNRC Member, Ms. Leila Warioa and BRAVE’s Member, Sh. Mahmoud from CIPK, toured the Shree Swaminarayan temple, ACK Emmanuel Church and Masjid Swalihina. The youth got to experience different faiths and beliefs. They also got to appreciate the perspectives of each religion on peace, development and rights of children.

Participants were astonished to learn that the notions and perceptions they held about other religions before were actually not the reality. All religions advocate for equality, respect, love and peace. For instance, the Shree community believe and preach peace to all humankind and promote the importance of respecting other religions.

Participants later engaged in an extended discussion with the host about their experience of the tour and how their perception changed towards other religions. The youth were also sensitized on the importance of empowering the community to be resilient enough to end violent extremism. They also publicized their tour and its outcomes in various social media.

Other lessons learnt during the interfaith event included:

  • All religions speak of a most high and living God
  • All religions preach peaceful coexistence
  • Religions respect and celebrate diversity
  • None of the religions encourages discrimination of any person

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