Global Peace Foundation Kenya Director Daniel Juma told KTN News Kenya in a recent interview that GPF efforts in the region are building hope for a “transparent, credible and free election” coming up for the country this August.
“If we insist that we are an extension of one people; it doesn’t matter our ethnicity; it does not matter our religion; but we are one people under God, all these initiatives will come to fruition,” affirmed Rt. Hon.
Just in the last decade, Kenya has witnessed massive violence linked to ethnic differences and misunderstanding that have resulted into massive loss of life, displacement, and destruction of property.
In reponse to the 2007/2008 post-election violence that ran along tribal and political rifts, Global Peace Foundation launched the Rift Valley Peace Initiative in the hot spot of the violence. Such efforts, including nationwide youth engagement in promoting peace, contributed to a largely peaceful election in 2013.
The One Nation under God campaign was launched in Kenya in 2015 to promote peaceful coexistence among Kenyans. The campaign engages youth in conflict management and peace building efforts, bringing together a multi-sectoral platform of both state and none state actors to promote national cohesion and peaceful coexistence among Kenyans of diverse backgrounds. These efforts hope to secure a peaceful election for the highly contested 2017 general elections.
The One Family Under God campaign includes initatives such as follows:
Interfaith Youth Boot Camp
Teachers For Peace Forum
Amani Mashinani Festivals
Tuonge Community Conversations (TCC) - *Tuongee means “Let’s Talk”