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Zero Violence254 Initiative

The Zero Violence254 Initiative

John Burke Baidoo will be attempting the impossible walk dubbed the Zero Violence254 Walk on the 15 of March 2017.

Accompanied by Douglas Kinyua of Ripples International, John will be pushing the limits of human endurance.

Together, they will walk 40 km every day to cover a total distance of 1500 kilometers, from Kwale in Kenya’s coastal area to Moyale, Kenya’s northern-most town bordering Ethiopia.

Such a long walk has never been attempted before.

John intends to accomplish it within two months.

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.

Taking a Stand Against Domestic And Election Violence In 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.

I am motivated by the fact that due to several socio-economic factors, many individuals are unable to afford the prohibitive costs accessing the services of an advocate. Many of whom are concentrated in the urban areas. There is also the problem of individuals having no or little knowledge about the laws.

John Burke Baidoo. International Human Rights Lawyer and Activist.

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.

9 Comments

  1. Joe

    Wow! What a grand mission. So graphic and so real! I hope you make it, John

  2. Don Kiplagat

    The Tsavo part will be the hardest and most dangerous. I’d suggest you skip that section and begin again from Sultan Hamud

    1. Waithera Mwangi

      I walked from Mombasa to Nairobi for a Church fundraising five years ago, including that Tsavo section, although we police escort all the way. It took us eight days.

      1. Susanah

        He’s going to make it, Joe. I feel like I did that recce with him!

        1. Edward Njoroge

          Make the impossible possible. Let’s kick violence out of Kenya once and for all.

  3. Leonard Odhiambo

    Yeah, it sure seems impossible. It seems you’ve done the groundwork thoroughly. All the best!

  4. Gideon Gichamba

    Wow, indeed pushing beyond human endurance to end violence. Kudos John and Douglas

  5. Joe

    God will supply the grace. I’m praying for you

  6. candace young-schult

    What a visionary journey! What you are doing is making a tremendous difference in Kenya and beyond. Raising awareness is essential to end domestic violence. Thank you for your vision, passion, creativity, commitment and strength. May this be a journey for you personally enriching your life as well as impacting so many others.

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