Every year on September 21st, people across the globe come together to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The theme for this year is ACTION FOR PEACE. This theme underscores the crucial role our individual actions and intrinsic motivation plays in the pursuit of world peace. It emphasizes that we should proactively contribute towards promoting peace, and I stand in solidarity with this message, calling for peace in Kenya, Africa and around the world.

As a volunteer with OneAfricanChild Foundation, this year also marks my ten-year anniversary in peace promotion and conflict resolution, I have been able to travel to marginalized communities/regions in Kenya and other parts of Africa promoting peace focusing on Arts for peace, environmental conservation, education for peace and health.

Throughout my years in this field, the journey has been far from easy. The primary challenge I’ve encountered is the perception of youth in community service. They are often seen as just another young person with seemingly idle hands, engaging in activities without financial compensation. Additionally, the lack of support from both government and local authorities has posed significant hurdles along the way.

Baden Powell said, “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”

To my fellow African youth, I want to convey a simple yet powerful message: let us commit to making positive contributions in our little ways. Instead of dwelling on what the government isn’t doing, let us take action, no matter how modest, to make a difference. May Allah bless you all, and may His blessings extend to the world as we come together to celebrate this year’s International Peace Day.

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