Young Lasallians, students and staff members from Mwangaza College in Nakuru took part in the annual Lasallian Peace Walk on September 23, 2017 from Mwangaza College to Nakuru women’s prison to promote hope and peace among women living behind bars.
The walk started at around 10am from the college to the prison, a distance of about 10kms. The participants carried banners some of which read, “Promoting Hope and Peaceful Living Among Women Behind Bars.”, “Bringing Peace and Hope.”, and “Help Us Bring Hope to the Inmates.” This was one of its kind in the history of Mwangaza College.
The walk was led by the College Principal, Brother Oscar Okoth and assisted by Madame Jane Maina the patron of the Young Lasallians Movement at the college. Brother Oscar encouraged all the students at the college to always consider taking part in charity walks. He further added, “Being a student at Mwangaza College automatically makes one a Lasallian and therefore eligible and should always take part in such walk.”
On the other hand, Madame Jane when asked for her opinion concerning this year’s charity walk said, “Students indeed turned-out in great numbers towards this noble exercise.” She went on to add that the 2017 Lasallian Peace Walk was a great success and one that showed the entire college community coming out and taking part in the walk.
At the prison, the students mingled with the prisoners and shared some light moments with them. The majority of these women prisoners are between the ages of 30 to 40 years while a few others are elderly, probably in their 50s or 60s. “Seeing you here today brings a lot of joy and peace to each one of us in a very special way,” one of the prisoners commented, adding that, “Living behind bars is not and can never be a cup of tea to any human being.”
The Lasallian Peace Walk is an annual event organized with different themes depending on the needs of the time. It has been a tradition for students, Young Lasallians and lecturers at the college to contribute and donate different items towards helping those who are less fortunate in the community and in the surrounding neighborhood.
Brother Michael Otieno