From 17th – 20th April 2023, 25 young people of below 35 years represented the Department of Justice and Peace in the Archdiocese of Kisumu (ADOK-CJPD) in a YOUTH CONFERENCE ON RECONCILIATION FOR AN INCLUSIVE NATION which took place in Kakamega, at the Bishop Stam Pastoral Centre.This Conference was organized by KCCB-General Secretariat through the Catholic Justice and Peace Department (CJPD). This department has been implementing a Program known as MulikaI Initiative- Peaceful and Accountable Democratic Process for a Cohesive Kenya. It is funded by USAID. The Program has a Youth Component which seeks to build their capacity to take charge of affairs of the country through knowledge generation and dissemination, and facilitation of safe spaces for engagement in governance, democratic and development processes.

Towards the 2022 General Elections in Kenya, CJPD collaborated with the KCCB-National Youth Office and conducted youth trainings across the 4 Ecclesiastical Provinces (Kisumu, Nyeri, Nairobi, and Mombasa). This was aimed at building their capacity as agents of peace and to become peace champions during the General Elections.

By organizing for this Conference, KCCB-CJPD and the KCCB-National Youth Office wanted to further the engagement of the youth to deliberate on their role. Since Lenten Campaign is a campaign that keenly chooses its weekly topics, it provided a good platform to continue building the capacity of the youth to take charge of the affairs of the country and their immediate community.The topics for this year’s Lenten Campaign included:

  • WEEK ONE: Reconciliation
  • WEEK TWO: Mental Wellness
  • WEEK THREE: Youth, the Hope of Our Society
  • WEEK FOUR: Economic Justice
  • WEEK FIVE: Ecological

It was a very informative and interactive engagement for the Youth of Kisumu to meet with their colleagues from other Dioceses like Kakamega, Homabay, and Kisii.