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World Day Observance in Garissa, Kenya

The African Council of Religious Leaders -Religions for Peace (ACRL-RfP) and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) under the project “ Dignifying Childhood” facilitated implementation of a number of activities in several African countries to mark the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children (DPAC). The activities were centered on the theme, “Stop Violence Against Children”. Participating countries included: Kenya, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Somalia. Below, you can discover some of the activities held in Kenya.
Kenya, Garissa
The Day of Prayer and Action for Children 2011 was commemorated at the Garissa Muslim Children’s Home (GMCH) with the participation of 300 children comprising some of the Orphaned children living in the Centre. The Garissa District Children’s Officer led officials from his office to the event at which he was also the Chief Guest. The participants reflected on the dire conditions children in Kenya-Somalia border find themselves in as a result of the over two Decade old violent conflict in Somalia and the yet to subside famine and other Humanitarian disasters afflicting the area.
The Children and the Local Sheikhs present prayed for the children of the region specifically and for the children of the whole world generally. The event was very well covered by local (vernacular) FM Stations and the National (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation) Radio. The Participants resolved to commemorate DPAC every year in partnership with other Networks concerned with the welfare of children.
Keywords: Kenya, Africa, local NGO, violence against children, GNRC, ACRL
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