World Youth Alliance Africa had the privilege to work as part of the Linda Uhai (Swahili for Protect Life) Consortium of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum, which embodies several organizations, to celebrate life in the 2015 Kenya Life Week. This was held from Sunday 22nd to Sunday 29th March 2015. The theme for the Life Week was Nurturing a Caring and Responsible World.
The Life Week started with the Conception Concert on Sunday 22nd March. On Thursday 26th March 2015, was held the Linda Uhai Round Table Seminar, which was a networking opportunity for organizations that advance a culture of life in Kenya and Uganda. Synergy was created towards a common goal for advancing a respect for life in all stages from conception to natural death. Today, euthanasia, abortion are slowly being enacted in varied legislations. Africa has a heritage that springs from marriage, family, children, community which form a civilization and love.
The Life Symposium took place on Friday 27th March, with discussions guided by the theme of the Life Week. Speakers drawn from diverse fields were invited to engage and guide discussions on life related thematic areas. The speakers included: Dr. Anthony Kamau who spoke on Personal Wellness, Linus Kaikai, on Media Engagement, Obianuju Ekeocha on A Culture of Life, Dr. Isaac P. Kalua on Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Development, Dr. James McFie on Professional Ethics in an Economy of Inclusion. All this reaffirmed the need for concerted efforts at all levels in respect for the human person, and proposing solutions that respect human dignity. Today, there are many advances in science that are contrary to sound bioethics. It is our responsibility to give a fresh affirmation of life in all these areas. Solutions to the challenges of our world need to be grounded on an authentic vision of the human person.
The March for Life was flagged off by Ms. Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life Africa, in Nairobi on Saturday 28th March 2015, and saw many organizations and people of good will come together to march and celebrate life.
We thank the Linda Uhai Consortium of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum for maintaining synergy with all organizations, the Strathmore Law School for hosting the Round Table and Life Symposium, all speakers, and people who came to the Conception Concert and March for Life. We thank all our interns who took care of the coordination to enable a successful event celebration of life. We look forward to bigger events for the years ahead.
|At the March for Life in Nairobi. Photo courtesy Kenya Christian Professionals Forum.|