GNRC–Kenya Commemorates the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in Kariobangi, Nairobi


GNRC–Kenya led by Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) marked the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children on 25th November 2017 at the Molem Superloaf Primary School in Kariobangi, Nairobi. The event themed, “Stop Violence Against Children,” was attended by one hundred and (110) children from the Good Hope Children’s Home and Villadeac Children’s Home situated in Kariobangi. Other organisations that attended the event included Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR), the Cry of a Young One, Fair Kenya Organization and Child Life Kenya.

The GNRC Coordinator, Kenya, Sh. Ramadhan Aula, shared the Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children adding that after the Forum, GNRC members acrross the world put great emphasis on fullfiling the ten commitments of the GNRC Forum. Sh. Aula reiterated the importance of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, while urging religious communities, leaders of diverse faiths, and secular organizations to work together to stop violence against children. He stressed that ending violence against the millions of children worldwide, enduring some form of violence was an urgent global matter as it threatened their rights, wellbeing, and development.

The Manager of the Good Hope Children’s Home, Sheikh Bakari Juma, appreciated DPAC as it created an opportunity for people of different faiths to join hands and protect the children. He called out religious and secular institutions to be part of the global initiative to stop violence against children irrespective of race or religion.

Ms. Zam Obed from Child Life Kenya, a member of GNRC–Kenya, gave a talk on the rights and responsibilities of children with empahsis being put on reporting those who violate them. She encouraged them to speak out incase they felt oppressed or mistreated and pointed out that there are ready institutions that can reach out to those in need.

The children also went through HIV/AIDS awareness session and were entertained by youth from the Cry of a Young One organisation. The children concluded the day by offering prayers to the sick, poor, needy and the disabled. They also prayed for peace in the country and for children across the world who are experiencing different forms of violence.

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