Recent Activities

CHRISTMAS FOR CHILDREN IN REHABILITATION CENTERS

Youth Network for Interreligious Brotherhood (YOUNIB/REJEFIR) working under St. Monica Catholic Church Njiru (Assumption Fathers) is planning to hold a charity day for the Street Children in Nairobi at Uhuru Park on Saturday 30th December 2017 as from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day is focused on the Christmas spirit of generosity and the street families are starkly the most ignored members of the modern society. We intend to share with children in rehabilitation centers a meal, distribute clothing donated by well-wishers and church members and indulge in song and dance with them with good entertainment on the day by the YOUNIB ECUMENICAL CHOIR live band (a choir made up of youths from different religious beliefs).

THE YOUNIB ECUMENICAL CHOIR IN NAIROBI

We live in a particularly painful time, marked by the unleashing of hatred. If the symbolic violence of the terrorist acts committed in the world gives them a very acute sharpness, we are obviously in communion with all the victims of the terrorist barbarism. The horror seizes us when we discover to what degree of ignominy the human being can sink. We need all the more to hear the word of reconciliation of God, of Christ! More than ever, “The love of Christ urges us,” according to the apostle Paul’s exclamation in 2 Cor 5:14. Inspired by this verse, the YOUNIB (Youth Network for Inter-religious Brotherhood) would like to address this call to all the baptized, to all other believers. The YOUNIB, a group initiated by Reverend Father Serge Patrick SIMO, an Assumptionnist priest, wishes to make the theme of reconciliation through a project of creating an ecumenical and even interreligious choir, offering to the youth a chance to meet different people from Christian confessions and even other religions in the acceptance of their traditions because for the YOUNIB “The love of Christ urges us” and invites us to exist in renewed men and women. The YOUNIB of the Augustinians of the Assumption (in collaboration with other churches and communities) would like to see the unity of Christians as a matter of reconciliation between the churches but also between each of us and others and especially of us with ourselves, same. Jesus did not come to found one more religion but simply to bring about the possibility of great communion with God, with others and with ourselves.

Facing technical, social and societal developments, we can lament, despair, stiffen, complain about a terrible period; On the contrary, we are invited to convert ourselves to Christ once more by accepting that Jesus is our true identity. The ecumenical movement brings us the richness of its experience. Accepting a movement of permanent conversion, ecumenism contemplates Christ as the center. The confessional peculiarities of the churches lead to it and are offered to others. While the Kenyan society is increasingly questioning its identity, the Christian does not fear the plurality of identities. Christ is the beginning and the end of his being and his life, not only for him but for every human being.

The unity of Christians is today more urgent than ever and must be fulfilled in prayer and in action for the weakest. All of us today must move forward together, work together, love each other. The purpose of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is not only to awaken but also to reconcile Christians, to absorb their divisions and to unite them. This project, call YOUNIB ECUMENICAL CHOIR would like to be seen as a plea for unity. Unity in Diversity; better still the unity of a “reconciled diversity” according to Pope Francis.

The YOUNIB ECUMENICAL CHOIR appeals to churches, movements and communities, but also to all those who wish to advance in a genuine ecumenical and interreligious spirit the patient search for the paths of truth and thus give each person the means to choose, not to impose but to ensure that the solutions or the most real choices emerge. It allows and promotes mutual respect for the life of the choir. It would like to work with respect for human rights, which requires it not to take any discriminatory position on a religious or racial basis.

Other Activities

Le COCHOLYCOAFRO Lomé Mars 2018 (compétition des chorales des lycées et collèges de l’Afrique de l’Ouest)

En réitérant l’invitation du Saint Pape Jean Paul II à tous les hommes « à ne pas céder à la tentation de la haine et à la violence, mais à s’engager au service de la justice et de la paix » (Angélus du 16 septembre 2001), le COCHOLYCOAFRO (concert des chorales des lycées et collèges de l’Afrique de l’Ouest) voudrait, par le chant-choral dans les lycées et collèges, envisager de manière plus indispensable l’intégration africaine, le brassage des cultures, des genres, le dialogue interreligieux :  chrétiens et musulmans doivent s’engager au nom même de l’espérance que leur foi en Dieu leur assure, et s’entendre, par suite, sur les buts mêmes du dialogue, en délivrant celui-ci des soupçons qui l’accablent et des accusations qui le trahissent.

Ce projet du YOUNIB / REJEFIR (réseau des jeunes pour la fraternité interreligieuse) avec le soutien de braves et humbles structures locales et de personnes de bonne volonté, veut être une aubaine de création d’un cadre de réflexion et de conscientisation de la jeunesse Africaine sur les valeurs humaines, citoyennes et religieuses de la société.

Le COCHOLYCOAFRO est aussi une opportunité offerte aux jeunes élèves et étudiants chrétiens, musulmans et croyants de l’Afrique de l’Ouest pour promouvoir le brassage interculturel et interreligieux dans un monde pluriel et pluraliste à travers le chant-choral comme véritable élément fédérateur, l’éducation de la foi, la valorisation de  la culture, la création d’un cadre de rencontres et de partage, la formation et l’information à l’égard de la jeunesse, bref l’organisation des activités ludiques permettant d’unir la jeunesse chrétienne, musulmane et la population.

Il est à préciser que COCHOLYCOAFRO s’inscrit dans la continuité du Cocholycoso qui est le concert/compétition des chorales des lycées et collèges de Sokodé, le Cocholycolo qui est le concert/compétition des chorales des lycées et collèges de Lomé et le cocholycoto qui est le concert/compétition des chorales des lycées et collèges du Togo. Cette initiative répond au besoin de la célébration de notre fraternité interreligieuse. Il est question des jeunes musulmans et chrétiens qui chantent en chœur, ensemble, dans la même chorale, au nom de l’amour, la paix et la fraternité.

Le sens que nous donnons à cette célébration qui lie dans le même temps et dans le même acte, art, jeunesse et éducation de la foi est réel. La formation artistique joue un rôle très important dans la transmission des valeurs interreligieuses et en tant que telle, elle contribue à la valorisation de la diversité des cultures et formes artistiques et constitue un facteur déterminant de l’identité culturelle de chacun. La jeunesse qui constitue une force vive, à l’apogée des idéaux et de l’espérance, est un élément clé pour le présent et le devenir du développement humain intégral inclusif et de sa durabilité.

A travers un ensemble d’actions planifiées et mises en œuvre par la Congrégation des Augustins de l’Assomption dits Assomptionnistes dont le promoteur fait partie,  il est question d’appuyer les jeunes à se forger une identité vraie et crédible, afin de les amener  à acquérir un but dans l’existence afin de devenir à l’âge adulte, des acteurs libres et responsables de leur vie.

Nous sommes convaincus, que donner aux jeunes une formation artistique et partant une formation musicale et interreligieuse, c’est leur permettre à un moment déterminant de leur vie,  d’avoir le sentiment de partager une identité culturelle commune. C’est également les sensibiliser et renforcer leur compréhension sur la diversité des cultures, leur offrant une ouverture sur le monde ; et enfin leur permettre d’acquérir les bases de tolérance, de solidarité, de fraternité, de respect et de paix nécessaires aujourd’hui mieux que jamais auparavant.

Ce présent projet s’intéresse à la jeunesse ouest africaine, notamment les élèves des lycées et collèges et étudiants de l’Afrique de l’Ouest sans distinction de religion. Le choix de cette tranche d’âge de la population s’explique par le fait que, la population africaine, en majorité jeune, est la fleur de l’avenir. Il est important d’inculquer à cette pépinière de nos pays, les valeurs humaines et religieuses nécessaires afin qu’elle puisse prendre conscience du défi à relever pour le développement culturel et humain de notre chère Afrique.

Le COCHOLYCOAFRO Lomé Mars 2018 regroupera les jeunes des pays suivants: Togo, Bénin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria et Kenya comme pays représentant l’Afrique de l’Est.

Jeunes Toujours Meilleurs et Unis.

Our activities are:

  • We organize concerts of choirs of secondary schools yearly where Christians, Muslims and other religions based students sing together in the same choir on a given theme on peace, love, harmony and unity.
  • We also organize and makes youths share meals during the religious feasts to help them understand and respect the faith of others.
  • Youths also watch movies and documentaries on living together in other to promote harmonious living.
  • Through the youth, YOUNIB demonstrates a unique human family through sharing of love by collecting toys, clothing items and books among others for orphans, the needy and the excluded and visiting them because love has no religion.
  • YOUNIB also advocates and helps to protect children living with albinism from the torture afflicted by their families and communities which look down upon them.
  • We organize educative trips, inter-religious camping that help the youth to live real fraternity beyond boundaries.
  • We organize interreligious walk that bring together many students, promoting peace, love, tolerance, solidarity, mutual respect and brotherhood in schools.
  • We are innovative and open to create new ways of living together as human beings

Expected outcome:

  • The readiness of the youth to enforce on the understanding of interreligious dialogue, seeing God as Father of all ;
  • they also commit themselves to protect and promote together social justice, peace and liberty for all people;
  • They are enlightened on the notion of citizen’s responsibilities, of culture, peace, democracy, tolerance, respect to others and their own religion.
  • The proposition of citizen conduct and aiming action of fraternity and of peace between religions are done and put in application by the youths themselves.

THUMBS UP JTM

First and foremost, to feel human, co-responsible and thus put each one’s stone on top of each other to build a better world, a more human world: it is the dynamics of the best where we are better together, not against the Others but with others. This is Operation Pouce Levé Jtm. This is how we can mobilize ourselves to contribute to alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable people around us (schools, neighborhoods, cities …): collecting donations, clothing, toys, school supplies for orphans, Disadvantaged, left behind, etc.

CHORAL COMPETITIONS

Competition of the choirs of the lycées and colleges of Togo. This choral concert is organized at the national level and brings together several choirs from high schools and colleges all over Togo. REJEFIR is convinced that artistic training contributes to the valorization of the diversity of cultures and artistic forms and is a determining factor in the cultural identity of each. That is why we share the truth that giving young people an artistic training and therefore a musical and interreligious formation is enabling them, at a defining moment in their lives, to acquire the feeling of sharing a common cultural identity; But also to sensitize them to the diversity of cultures by offering them an openness to the world; And finally to acquire the foundations of tolerance, solidarity, fraternity,

CIVIC AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

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  • Operation for cleaning a City, a project to come and to be carried out in collaboration with cities where Rejefir/Younib group is involved.
  • Support and training of young people to citizens’ values: action carried out with the support of the town council not only to awaken young people to the values of civic life but also to give them the opportunity to experience the notion of the Good, the Beautiful and Of the Good for all through a civic activity in which the encounter of all, children, young people, old people, Christians or not, is irrefutably expressed.
  • Rehearsal courses offered free of charge: our project aims at integral youth training. While encouraging group work in order to cultivate a spirit of solidarity, to help each other to be all the best, we offer rehearsal courses for pupils, preferring classes of exams.

THE PEACE WALK OF INTER-RELIGIOUS FRATERNITY

The objectives of these interfaith walk are to enable young Africans in general and Togolese to build their lives in relation to others and society, to educate them about the awakening of freedoms, the formation of consciences and the practice of A real fraternity beyond the differences. It is also a question of allowing young people to create, through their different religions, not centers of divisions and war, but rather to provoke crossroads of communion to live peace, solidarity, fraternity, friendship for a Better world.

LET ME SAY TO YOU-JTM

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To promote a better understanding and knowledge of the other but also and especially of oneself. For it is indispensable to be able to know one’s self enough to be able to talk about oneself to others, but also to allow others to talk about themselves. Still, it is a question of going out to meet and discover the other. Learn to get out on “Friday” and “Sunday”. That is why we favor visiting places of prayer; Exchange meetings to better understand the other in its difference (it’s the let-me-say-jtm initiative: let me tell you young always better); Meals shared on religious feast days, etc. Screenings of films or documentaries on living together, etc..

KO.OK JTM

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Through educational materials and awareness-raising tools against manipulation, intoxication, religious prejudice and other forms of division, our main target is the young people we meet in high schools, colleges, training schools and universities. Reflections on well-understood religious freedom and the deconstruction of religious clichés allow us to help young people develop a true civilization of love. This is Operation KO.OK Jtm. We must promote peace, tolerance, love, respect, brotherhood among religions in our schools.