Children's prayer day at the coast

Unified prayer session
Youth mentorship groups will hold a 'children's prayer day' on 11 March in Walvis Bay.
Nikanor Nangolo
Project 29, Faith Academy and The Journey will host a "Children's Prayer Day" on 11 March at the Immanuel Ruiters school hall in Walvis Bay.

The event will start at 13:00 and target children in the community who are trapped in social evils such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal activities and negative peer pressure-related activities.

"We will also remember and pray against crimes committed against our children by adults and light candles to honour victims of rape, abuse and those that went missing over the past years in Namibia. These are issues that schools, parents, churches and law enforcement agencies have been trying to solve," said Project 29's coordinator John-Paul Shafetango.

According to Shafetango meetings and demonstrations have been organised. "It is time to involve the children in prayer and counselling programs as they also need to learn to fight for themselves. Adults praying and talking alone without the children about issues which concern them, will not solve the problem. On the day of the event, we will have activities including school choirs performing, dramas, poems, testimonies by ex-offenders and prayer sessions by the children".

Shafetango urged the youth to attend as the event is being hosted for them. "Prayers will not be conducted according to a specific church. It will be a unified prayer session. It is also advisable for their parents to attend, as we will have experts who will see them with their children individually and map out a program to help them throughout the year."

Project 29 is a Walvis Bay-based youth mentorship program founded in 2016. The project helps mentor school children by providing them with guidance. Faith Academy is an after-school care centre founded in 2013 that helps learners with schoolwork. The Journey is a testimony program, where survivors their experiences with the public on how to overcome life challenges.