Radicalization into violent extremism is a serious problem affecting Kenya. In the recent years, there have been several terrorist attacks in several parts of the country with an increased number of youth and children falling victim. Isiolo is one the regions affected by violent extremism. This is due to the town’s proximity to the Somalia border with occasional issues of ethnic conflict, marginalization (whether real or perceived), remoteness of the region, high number of unemployed youth, unaddressed historical injustices, poor relationship between the public and security organs, among others.

The validation and launch of the ‘Tackling Extremist Narratives’– a UNDP Mobile Application took place on 18th – 19th April 2018 in Accra, Ghana. Sh. Ibrahim Asmani Lethome, one of Arigatou International’s Advisory Group Member, joined other 60 participants from different countries across Africa to witness the launch. The event was graced by the Minister of Interior, Ghana, Mr. Ambrose Dery, Japan’s Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, and Director, United Nations Development Programme Regional Service Centre for Africa Mr. Lamin Momodou Manneh, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,.

Sh. Ibrahim Asmani Lethome, Arigatou International Advisory Group Member, attended a workshop hosted by Al-Azhar University and sponsored by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Cairo, Egypt on 4th June 2018. The workshop themed, “Protecting the Child’s Dignity in the Digital World,” was attended by religious scholars from the Muslim and Christian denominations, government representatives, diplomats, medics, students and relatives of victims of violent extremism. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was also represented by her North Africa Regional office with the event being graced by Prof. Abbas Shuoman, special representative from the office of the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar.

The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in partnership with End Child Poverty and the Umbrella for Vulnerable in Rwanda, supported six hundred (600) children and youth to acquire Health Insurance Covers under the Health Insurance Scheme Project. The cover, issued on 28th June 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, is set to run for the entire year of June 2018 – June 2019.

On 28th June 2018, GNRC in partnership with Ethics Education for Children and the Umbrella for Vulnerable in Rwanda, conducted a one day workshop for children focusing on Protecting Children from Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime, and – Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children. The workshop, which was hosted in Kigali, Rwanda, was attended by six hundred (600) children and youth from the region.

Within the framework of Mexico's commitment as a path-finding country in the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and to accelerate the achievement of the End Violence goals, a group of faith based organizations, under the leadership of World Vision Mexico and the technical guidance of UNICEF Mexico, opened a space for dialogue, discussion and analysis among faith based organizations to define concrete actions for the prevention and elimination of violence against children in the country. The first meeting of the Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents took place on 25th May, 2018 at the Methodist Church of the Holy Trinity in Mexico City, Mexico. This idea arose after the participation of some of these faith-based organizations at the GNRC 5th Forum in Panama in May 2017.

GNRC–Mexico was launched on 24th May 2018, a day before the meeting of the Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents at the Methodist Church of the Holy Trinity in Mexico City, Mexico. World Vision hosted the meeting attended by a group of faith based organizations, including the Methodist Church, the Anglican Church, the Theological Community of Mexico, the Methodist Church, the Scalabrinian Mission for Migrants and Refugees and the Zen Buddhist Community. GNRC chaired the meeting through her Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Silvia Mazzarelli. Participants discussed the opportunity of building a GNRC network in Mexico. During her presentation, Ms. Mazzarelli presented Arigatou International and her initiatives, with more focus on GNRC’s priorities and the follow-up to the Panama Commitments on Ending Violence Against Children reached at the GNRC 5th Forum in May 2017.