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“I Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence!”

Taking A Stand Against Domestic And Election Violence In Kenya

Making domestic violence in Kenya a thing of the past is our prime responsibility right now.

In two days time, John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua will be making it their only responsibility as they begin the Zero Violence254 walk in Kwale.

In many respects, this walk can be termed ‘impossible’.

It’s an epic 1,500 km walk that takes the walkers from Kenya’s deep south and snakes its way 16 Counties, a kaleidoscope of desert, mountain, savanna and plateau terrain landscapes before eventually arriving in Moyale in the middle of May.

John urke Baidoo points ahead as he conducts the recce for the Zero violence254 walk outside Moyale

The team is determined to make the ‘impossible’ walk possible.

Along the way, John and Douglas will walk through vast spans of uninhabited land, the most formidable stretches being the section between Mazeras and Voi along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway and the stretch from Archer’s Post to Marsabit.

In both cases, the road meanders through desert and National Game Reserves with occurrences of meeting wildlife very likely.

In each of these cases, they will have to walk more than 40 km before any sign of humans settlement. But they are not deterred! By God’s grace, they will make it.

It goes to show the level of compassion and determination they have to make this vision a reality.

There will be a lot of domestic violence survivors who will have John and Douglas to thank by the time the walk  concludes at the end of May.

Join John Burke Baidoo On His Incredible Quest!

John smiles as he conducts the recce for the Zero Violence254 walk along the Isiolo-Marsabit highway

Accompanied by Douglas Kinyua of Ripples International, John will be pushing the limits of human endurance by walking 30 km every day.

It’s a distance of 1500 kilometers from the southern-most tip of Kenya in Kwale to Moyale – the northernmost tip of Kenya.

This feat has never been attempted before.

John intends to accomplish it in less than 60 days.

And judging by the intensity of the training marathons he’s been conducting over the last 30 days, he will do it!

 

The Role Of Ripples International

Ripples International, a non profit organization, supports the walk as part of its agenda to champion the rights of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); many of whom were victims of domestic and post-election violence in Kenya many years ago.

Championing Awareness Of The PDV Act Kenya

This historic walk will create awareness on the newly enacted ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act’, Electoral Violence and also to raise funds for its Access to Justice Program, a legal initiative that assists the less privileged in society with free access to professional legal justice.

This targeted national level campaign will promote new behaviors, amplify the voices against domestic violence and electoral violence to create positive changes in the citizenry, and promote action against the various and merging forms of violence plaguing the nation.

As part of the legal outreach, the duo will facilitate group discussions for adolescent girls and boys to challenge attitudes, promote debate and undertake collective action against all forms of violence.

Want To Donate?

You may not be able to join the walkers on the journey. But you can donate to this worthy initiative.

It only takes a contribution of Ksh 500/-

Simply click on this link, ‘donation instructions’ and you’ll be instructed on what to do.

What we are doing

  • Providing free legal aid to needy members of society
  • Agitating an end to domestic violence in Kenya
  • Creating awareness for the “Protection Against Domestic Violence Act”
  • Championing ethnic sobriety and brotherly love

How can you help?

  • $10 Earns you a delightful ZeroViolence254 cap
  • $15 Buys you a trendy Zero Violence254 branded jersey
  • $50 Buys a Step of the Zero Violence254 1,500 km walk
  • $100 Enables a displaced family earn legal assistance in recovery of family property
  • $500 Will provide legal aid for 5 people
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It’s Time For The Zero Violence254 Initiative

The Zero Violence254 Initiative

The Zero Violence254 Initiative is a response to the various forms of violence in Kenya.

More specifically, it is a move to kick domestic and electoral violence out of Kenya once and for all.

Kicking Violence Out Of Kenya

To this end, the Zero Violence254 initiative team led by John Burke Baidoo will be launching a series of activities championing the awareness of the ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act of Kenya’.

One of these activities is the Zero Violence254 Walk that launches on 15 March 2017 in Kwale.

The walk begins in Kwale and takes the Zero Violence254 team through 16 counties to eventually arrive in Moyale, the border town that crisscrosses Kenya and Ethiopia.

The public can get involved by buying a step for as low as Ksh 500/-. Corporates are also invited to fund the campaign which will see John and Douglas take over 10,000 steps.

Each step is a step closer to kicking violence out of Kenya once and for all.

Introducing The Zero Violence254 Team

John Burke Baidoo is attempting the walk together with Douglas Kinyua, a project officer with Adili (Access To Justice) a program of Ripples International.

The duo staged a recce mapping out the best possible route to take for the walk in April this year.

Read all about the amazing recce here.

As we mentioned, the purpose of the walk is to create awareness on the ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act’, and take an active stand against electoral and domestic violence.

In recent history, Kenya has seen an outbreak of violence in electoral years. Thousands of Kenyans have been displaced from their homes and property as a result.

In fact, a great part of the work that John and Douglas do is as a result of that electoral violence. It may seem a bit far fetched considering that the last elections was five years ago, but to some of these families that were displaced from their property, it still is a very real concern.

Many of the displaced families are yet to receive adequate compensation or their day of justice in court.

Court cases dag on for years. Hence the very real need to get to the bottom of the issue and champion a move that will promote peace, advocacy and justice to the less fortunate.

Domestic Violence: Another silent criminal on the loose…

Unfortunately, many people do not know what domestic violence constitutes and as a result suffer silently in the hands of those who perpetrate this crime.

There are many actions that are, according to the Protection Against Domestic Violence Act, termed as domestic violence.

But without knowing that these actions, no one can do anything about it.

More importantly, people are too scared to come forward either because of victimization, or abuse by family members or a compromised court system.

I think we all know instances like this, where perhaps your aunt, or friend was being beaten by a elder male figure and for years kept silent to avoid ‘societal shame.’

It goes the other way too.

Perhaps you know a boy who was regularly beaten by an older female figure, burnt with hot water, whipped with a knife, forced to sleep outside in the rain, or some other heinous act.

This is where Adili, a program by Ripples International comes into play.

Through Adili, victims are guaranteed a fair and credible walk through the legal process. Most of the time, Adili dispenses free legal aid to its clients. They are walked through the legal process and given free advice and counsel right up to their day in court.

Hence the need for the Zero Violence254 walk. The funds raised through this walk will fund the legal aid given to deserving clients.

More importantly, by knowing what constitutes domestic violence, the perpetrators of this act will think twice before committing this travesty.

With adequate knowledge about domestic violence, thousands will be bold enough to take a stand against it in their homes and come forward when such occurrences do happen.

 

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