On 1 February, the Kenyan Trustbuilding Program team delivered a Trustbuilding workshop in Garissa and conducted the first ever history walk at Garissa University, where 148 students were brutally massacred by terrorists in April 2015. The walk passed all the important locations at the campus where these cruel actions took place, to remember those who have passed.
Dan Mugera, Trustbuilding Program Project Manager in Kenya, comments: ‘We walked through the classes and hostels where the students were massacred, and concluded our walk at the memorial garden with a reflective healing circle as participants and facilitators pledged to stay committed to building trust with people of different faiths. The Trustbuilding Program is a powerful tool that is helping this community of different faiths strive not only to live peacefully with each other, but also to trust each other’.
Hussein Gitonga, a student at Garissa University, took us through the historical walk as he narrated the events of the 2 April. 2015 terror attack. Here’s what he had to say afterwards:
Trustbuilding Program participant Pastor Josiah of Jubilee Christian church Garissa also shared his experience:
The intention of the history walk could be summarised through the message of ‘committing to purposely uniting communities from the heart and not the head, not only restoring hope for this and future generations, but also saving and dignifying lives.’
The history walk has been an important part of the Trustbuilding Program project in Garissa. The next big event will take place in April, when the Imam & the Pastor will visit the University in order to conduct a workshop, as a part of the projects outreach activities, to coincide with the anniversary of the Al-Shabab massacre.
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The Trustbuilding Program is aimed at addressing divisive issues at the international and national levels, on the premise that only those who have undergone the internal process of becoming trustworthy themselves can close gaps across the globe. The Program was launched by Initiatives of Change International in 2019 with projects in Kenya, Canada and France.