Youths are among the vulnerable groups largely targeted by extremists to instigate religious and interfaith conflicts. This has brought about hunger and a dire need for guidance and capacity building for them to be competent and able to resist being used as decoys. SambaSports has been upfront in the efforts to create a safer and sound environment to foster harmony and peaceful coexistence through the Shared Futures project—funded by Kerk in Actie through ICCO Corporation. Shared Futures targets to reach to at least 400 youths both in Kwale and Mombasa counties.
During the groundbreaking of Shared Futures at the Duza and Kombani Force grounds on April 28, 2021, youths from different religious and cultural backgrounds came together to participate in interfaith sporting activities dubbed as Target Integrated Sports and Arts (TISA). The TISA featured a number of games including soccer, tag of war, paper walk and volleyball juggling. Put in teams, the participants worked collaboratively despite their differences.
Speaking at the event, Ustadh Amani Mwachirumu emphasized on the importance of respecting our differences and treating one another with compassion, tenderness and respect. He also encouraged the participants to make the most of education and embrace obedience. The highlight of his speech was sensitization on Covid-19 and reminding everyone to take preventive measures.
Mwachirumu’s speech was complemented with strong messages from Pastor Evans Onyango who believes that religion is a tool to bring us closer to our Creator, not tear us apart. He urged everyone to tolerate and accommodate each other in the bid to make the world a safe place for everyone—overlooking their differences. Onyango applauded SambaSports for their efforts and wished to see more events organized regularly.
The participants from Sunday schools, Madrassahs, and the locality received gift hampers and refreshments for their participation. The best teams lifted trophies to mark the occasion leaving informed, transformed and joyful. They also expressed their desire to be engaged frequently. Shared Futures reminds everyone that diversity is a blessing, not a curse.
Reported by Amani Nuri