Celebrating Tolerance: Investing in Peace and Wellness November 16, 2017 by Krista Park Berry
Countries around the world join hands to celebrate the International Day of Tolerance on November 16, first recognized 21 years ago. Created to capitalize on the progress made during the United Nations Year for Tolerance in 1995, the UN annually demonstrates its continued support of diversity and inclusion in an attempt to bridge the gap between various cultures around the world.
Here at CFK, tolerance runs through our veins. To us, it’s not an ideal, but rather a reasonable goal that we work towards every single day through our hallmark programs in Kibera.
Playing for Peace
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” -Nelson Mandela
We believe that sports are a means of promoting peace among the youth of Kibera. By fostering an environment in which children of all backgrounds can be vulnerable together, sports have the power to start conversations about tolerance. Our Championship League, which began in 2001, hosts over 500 matches and two major tournaments annually and we are proud to say that none of the games have resulted in a fight. Each team is required to represent the ethnic diversity of Kibera in order to register so that players meet individuals who are different from themselves.
Community Health Volunteers
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
We believe the local people of Kibera have a special role to play in improving the place they call home. Each year, 150 Community Health Volunteers visit over 10,000 households, spreading the word about the services available at the Tabitha Medical Clinic. Time and time again, this method of peer education has proven to work. This system serves two purposes: to strengthen the community and promote healthy living. For more information about our services, click here.
Still More Work To Be Done
Kenya is not immune to the political issues that so many countries face. In the face of such a long standing conflict between the Kenyan government and its people, we aim to channel the spirit of the UN National Day of Tolerance. As a non-governmental organization, CFK can play a crucial role in approaching the situation from a holistic approach and invest in the health, education, and overall wellness of all Kiberans.
We thank you for your continued support during this time when Kenya is in need of justice and peace.
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