The World Peace Poetry Festival Kenya Chapter.
Established in 2008, the World Peace Poetry Festival Kenya is a grassroots bridge building peace project that believes when poetry is connected and shared, it can create a sustaining power of human spirit to form healing, peace, justice, and tolerance around the world.
The launching was a remarkable experience for Kawangware and Dagoretti residents and was held on the 19th September 2009 at the Hope Center in Kawangware amid the UN International Day of Peace of which the theme was to initiate and promote the national cohesion all over the country after the 2007-2008 post election violence. The event was a great success despite the financial hardships faced. It brought together 4000 students from different schools and colleges including the public schools within Nairobi and its environs with concerts, rallies, and peace walks.
The World Peace Poetry Festival Kenya is a unique educational and reconciliation platform into itself, one that transcends hatred, tribalism, and barriers in society. It is a stirring of the axis that knows no one political party, creed, race, or religion, yet it speaks and sparks with one voice of each humankind. It is this idea to bridge the difference that keeps individuals apart that inspired us to link up with different people in the community to peace building efforts here in Kawangware and all over Kenya.
Actually the project is based on extraordinary communication and expression that everyone understands. Its language is an inspiration to both the big and small.It reaches the war-torn countries with the message of love, humanity, and stability. Its aim is to help the needy by providing them with food, clothes, shelter, and better education. So if supported it will ease the vision and mission as it upholds to expand the HOPE to other parts of the country and the world.
Through this initiative scholars, educators, media other personalities teach, empower, impact and creates seeds that touches the hearts of people by transforming religious and political tension into positive social change.
Therefore this year, poets, musicians, and schools will once again assemble for the 2nd annual 2010 World Peace Poetry Festival Kenya to be held on the 21st September under the UN International Day of Peace.The theme: Youth, Peace, and Development.
Already 20 schools, youth groups and 10 award winning international poets have confirmed participation. A selection of distinguished guests and reputable speakers will also be at the event. This initiative is designed as a peace building interfaith program and Youth for Human Rights Awareness Education Platform, where all communities, diverse religions, poets, children and youth especially from Kenya to address the issues affecting our nation and the rest of the world in reconciliation and healing the wounds after the 2007-2008 Post Election Violence in Kenya and in educating the public on the health, economic and social consequences of drugs abuse to protect the health of youth and children, through creative arts and sports.
A selection of distinguished poets and speakers will also be at this year event to speak and to address those in attendants, this includes P.Gopichand & P.Nagasuseela from INDIA, official members of World Poets Society from GREECE and United Minds For Peace Society from INDIA.
expecting to confirm soon.
Otherwise, generous support, voluntary donations,sponsorship and partnership are highly and kindly welcome towards this project.
Also the World Peace Poetry Festival Kenya has been on the forefront in community education on HIV/AIDS and environmental awareness, including child rights and drug abuse amongst the youth.
Goals and objectives:
1.To promote daily interfaith cooperation
2.To create a generation of peace, justice, and healing.
3.To educate the youth in human rights so that they can become advocates of peace and tolerance.
4.To inspire our brothers and sisters of the human race with achievable dreams that is not bound by politics, religion and race but inevitable triumphant victory of the universal love through creative arts
To ignite a movement in human rights and peace building to make the world a better place.
To provide a global opportunity for participation by all people, especially those whose voices are not heard.
In order to undertake the activities and actions of the 2010 World Peace Poetry Festival Kenya, the event needs the following:
(a) Funds for workshops and seminars to the volunteers
(b)Funds for meals and refreshments to the participants
(c)Funds for the cooks, security team and cleaners
(d) Funds for participation certificates and prizes
(e)Funds for posters,banners and invitational cards (f)Funds for, sound system, venue, Master of Ceremony(MC) and DJ
Ø Founder,Host & Initiator – Walter Keyombe
Ø Manager – Peter Simiyu
Ø Secretary – Nelson Mandela
Ø Treasurer – James Otundo
The initiative has an able committee to which has first hand experience in project implementation, evaluation and mobilization. The volunteers in teaching have been equipped with knowledge in peace awareness and will continue to provide managerial and organizational inputs for expanded activities.
The initiative has a number of volunteers trained on human rights, peace building, advocacy and community development thus will undertake the system. The project is also still networking with other bodies. Therefore, there is an urgent need for advocacy and education on collective efforts and responsibilities to guard against ethnic, religious, domestic, and political violence, support and promote peace, tolerance, and human rights through arts and public gatherings. As interdependent people rooted in our traditions, we must unite for the benefit of our nation and world by building bridges of a culture of peace and justice. Let us unite heal and protect the earth.
Walter Keyombe Muzembi
Affiliate Member, Youth for Human Rights International(YHRI) & United Religions Initiative(URI)