Nairobi, Kenya. “Our life in Nairobi was a celebration of cosmic, human and Claretian communion. We could live in small ways our appreciation for creation, peace, prayer, justice and sustainable development. We earnestly request that the members of our Major Organisms engage in continuous learning on the rights of people and planet, and to work for the realization of these values in our life and in society” say the Claretians who participated in the Regional Training, organized by the General Solidarity and Mission (SOMI) Team, at the Delegation House of St. Charles Lwanga Independent Delegation in Nairobi, Kenya from September 3 to 7, 2018.
SOMI, is made up of General JPIC, the General Mission Procure and CMF@UN and functions under General Prefecture of Apostolate. This training was organized to increase the knowledge of JPIC, the congregational mode of doing projects and the UN system and its instruments, and to create SOMI structures in the region.
Fifteen Claretians representing the Claretian communities, serving in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Cameroun, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique have participated in the Training. The training included topics, such as: Socio, economic, political and ecclesial realities of the region; the overall conditions of the environment/climate change, refugees/migrants, indigenous people/mining and peace-reconciliation; the UN system and its conventions/treaties including Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the sustainable developmental goals, and the congregational modes of doing projects.
The interaction with the children of the Kibera slum who have mastered the skill of Rope Jumping, bearing the motto of ‘jumping into the future’ was an interesting experience for all the participants.
Nairobi training was the first of the series of SOMI Trainings planned for the different regions of the Congregation.