World Youth Alliance Africa in conjunction with the Linda Uhai (Swahili for Protect Life) Consortium of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum will mark a week long remembrance of the vulnerable in our society and celebrate outstanding efforts by individuals and organizations in nurturing the defenseless and fragile as the hallmark of humaneness as part of the 2015 Life Week. This will also be a great opportunity to have deeper knowledge on the issues affecting the defenseless in the modern times we live in in addition to celebrating life.
In our society we have the physically, economically or socially less powerful than we are or in a dependent and disadvantaged position. These persons are the “heart” of humanity since they beg our assistance in a unique manner – they ask without hope of re-pay and we give without expecting any gain. We have an obligation in solidarity to make them have a dignified existence.
These are the people and circumstances that make us step out of our immanence, of our cocoons and comfort zones and thus we grow in magnanimity, humility and broadness of thought. Linda Uhai strives to restore the very heart of humanity in the Kenyan society by promoting and nurturing the welfare of the defenseless and fragile. The Linda Uhai Consortium consists of not-for-profit organizations involved in the promotion of activities at the service of human dignity which are intricately linked to human life from conception to natural death through the various stages and circumstances including those in crisis from the unborn, childhood, teenage, young adults, terminally ill and the aged.
In order to fund raise for the Life Week, the Linda Uhai Consortium, of which WYA Africa forms a part, has organised for a dinner to take place on Friday 6th March 2015. We welcome well-wishers, corporate sponsors, friends, relatives and people of goodwill.
MPESA PAYBILL: 400200 A/C No.: 01128128293801
Cheques: KCPF – Linda Uhai
Dinner Venue: The All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Charges: KSHS 3,500 single and KSHS 6,000 couple.
Venue: St. Andrews Church, Nairobi
Time: 2-5 pm
The Conception Concert is expected to be a forum which will attract mostly young people. The venue, St. Andrews Church, is close to the University of Nairobi. The concert is meant to celebrate life as well as to point out the evils of abortion and the negative impacts it has had on lives of individuals. There will be lots of entertainment at the concert, with a wide range of both established and upcoming.
The organizers are in communication with the artists below to grace the Concert.
Samawati Band | Dj Mo and System Unitv | Dj Celeb | Gloria Murilo | Pixon | Size 8 | Kanji Mbugua | Eunice Njeri | Daddy Owen | Mbuvi | Kaberia |Ruth Matete
The Linda Uhai Round Table will be for all the that form a part of the Linda Uhai Consortium, to come share their visions as well as their activities. This works as a networking forum for all organisations involved in promoting a culture of life, spanning areas of children, youth, medicine, charity and faith.
Fees: KSHS 2,000 per participant
Venue: Strathmore University Law School, Nairobi
As part of the events of the 2015 Life Week is the Life Symposium, to be held on Friday 27th March 2015 at the Strathmore University Auditorium. The symposium aims to bring to discussion many topical issues that directly affect the dignity of the human person. A compelling and collaborative atmosphere will prevail during the two days of discussion (for the Life Symposium and the Linda Uhai Round Table).
The following thematic areas will guide these discussions.
Fees: Early Bird (on or before Mon 23rd March – 900 KSHS for Students), after 23rd March Students KSHS 1,300; All Adults KSHS 2,000 per participant
Payments: MPESA PAYBILL: 400200 A/C No.: 01128128293801
Venue: Strathmore University Auditorium, Nairobi
The Culture of Life is a concept, first coined by St. Pope John Paul II, which is now coming to define a moral and political agenda in the world. “It is an illusion to think we can build a true culture of human life if we do not … accept and experience sexuality and love and the whole of life according to their true meaning and their close interconnection”. The concept is an antithesis of the “Culture of Death” which depicts the gradual breakdown and disintegration of social order and decaying moral fabric. Erroneous ideologies such as communism have sowed a seed that among other aims sought to eliminate what was considered the fundamental “class distinction,” the distinction between man and woman. The Culture of Life message is seen by scholars as a “Theological Time Bomb” set to explode with resounding social consequences that will see a new man arise from the ashes of his dark past.
We are witnessing in our time an economy where everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape. Is it possible for one to prosper in a manner that promotes the advancement of others?
We are familiar with the Swahili school days cliché “Soma kwa bidii upate kazi nzuri” (study hard and get a good job). A good secure job translates to a guarantee of a comfortable life in the minds of many and can end up being self-serving. Yet no profession is worth its name if benefits cannot be derived by the lay man. We need to rethink the notion of ethics of the work place, to be able to foster a more just society, where livelihoods are necessarily enabled, and not exploited. Social injustice needs to be curbed with policies that enable a fair and just distribution of professional services in the economy.
While acting as the platform for our existence from which we derive all our physical sustenance, the environment and all the creatures therein remain the most voiceless and defenseless “member” of the world we live in. Habitation is part and parcel of humanity.
A state of health falls within a continuum with dilapidation and death at one extreme and ideal fitness at the other. All this depends on how one maintains the precious gift of health. Optimum health extends beyond physical well-being to include a balance of mental, psychological, spiritual, social and economic soundness. How we treat others depends a great deal on how we treat ourselves. We cannot give what we don’t have. It’s all about taking care of self in order to serve others better.
The media (mass and social media) remain essential tools in advancing any agenda. How can we leverage on good media relations to advance our agenda?
There will be break-out group discussions on the targeted themes which will outline resolutions to be circulated and inform a press release.
The March for Life will bring people of all ages, professions, denominations to march for the greatest gift – LIFE. This year the march for life hopes to bring 2000 participants as we are entertained by a band. The march will improve public awareness as we advocate for dignity and protection of life from conception to natural death.
Venue: The Nairobi Railway Club (next to Uhuru park)
Time: 8:00am- 12:00pm
Charges: KSHS 800 (get a free Linda Uhai T-shirt and certificate of participation)
Payments: MPESA PAYBILL: 400200 A/C No.: 01128128293801
Time: During church masses, services and celebrations
The Life Sunday will mark the end of the Kenya 2015 Life Week, and various churches in Kenya will take part in it. The Life Sunday will have a common life message prepared by Linda Uhai Consortium, read during various services in churches. Some churches will have KCPF and their consortium members read the message while in others persons from the churches will read it.
The Message of the sacredness of life will be meant to reach as many people as possible.
The Linda Uhai life week will host a two day colloquium on March 26th and 27th 2015 at the Strathmore University Auditorium, Nairobi. This will culminate in the famous March for Life on March 28th 2015 around the Green City under the Sun, of Nairobi. Participating religious organizations will be invited to celebrate the Life Sunday on 29th March 2015.
Fri 6th March| Life Dinner | All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi
Sun 22nd March | Life Concert | St Andrews, Nairobi
Thur 26th March | Linda Uhai Round Table | Strathmore University Law School
Fri 27th March | Life Symposium | Strathmore University Auditorium
Sat 28th March | March For Life | Railway Club, Uhuru Park
Sun 29th March | Life Sunday | Country Wide