This image is of the peace bench created in Nakuru and our model for peace benches to come

Friday, November 23rd, will mark the beginning of the OAIC’s peace bench campaign as ten Nairobi youth gather at the OAIC for discussion of the creation of peace benches. The effort will aim to promote peace throughout Kenya by starting in the Nairobi area and then progressing throughout the country. The bench is to be built by youth from various areas in effort to erase the dividers among the ethnically diverse groups in Kenya. During its construction youth will be discussing the issues preventing peace while at the same time promoting peace. The first bench will go up hopefully by December and will be placed on the OAIC property in Nairobi. We have invited youth from Nairobi informal settlements to help construct the first bench. This effort is not only to promote peace in the approaching election year, but also in effort to create a stronger and more peaceful country.

The idea of the peace bench was given to us from youth in Nakuru, who successfully created their own peace bench recently. The bench is made of recycled plastic bottles and bags as well as one bag of cement.  We are aiming to create benches based on their construction plan. The OAIC has asked local Nairobi business for help in donation of their recycled bottles and bags but also is asking your help.  If you wish to get involved with this project through donation of recycled materials then please leave a comment here and we will get back to you as soon as possible with more information.  You can also contact the OAIC directly and find out how to help. We also ask for your prayers as we begin working with youth promoting peace.

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