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As part of the network's effort to respond to COVID-19, GNRC member in Comoros, Conseil de la Paix (CAP) led by the Coordinator Mr. Akim Said M'changama, distributed face masks and sanitary kits to students and teachers in schools over the course of July 2020. This is after the government of Comoros reopened the schools in the country.

On 17th June 2020, GNRC Members St. Mary’s Public School and Society for The Empowerment of People (STEP) collaborated with the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty to distribute foodstuffs and sanitary materials to the most vulnerable communities of Rawalpindi in Pakistan including parents and caregivers as well as children and youth. The event, which reached 275 children and youth, and attended by 57 adults, was held at St. Francis’s High School Rawalpindi Pakistan, a sister school to St. Mary’s Public School Pakistan. The Community Life Foundation also supported the initiative.

On 30th July 2020, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in partnership with Church World Service (CWS) and in collaboration with Plataforma NNAPES, facilitated a virtual workshop for members of the GNRC in the Dominican Republic on, "The Role of Faith Communities in Providing Support to Children with Incarcerated Parents." The meeting was attended by 20 participants representing 10 faith-based organizations and communities, all members of the GNRC.

As part of the global campaign to initiate regional and local interventions from religious leaders and communities to support children, Arigatou International hosted its Europe Regional Meeting on Tuesday 28th July 2020. The meeting themed, "How Faith-Inspired Organizations in Europe are Supporting and Protecting Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic," was attended by more than 100 attendees via GoToWebinar.

On 28th May 2020, GNRC–Tanzania paid a courtesy visit to Chakuwama Orphanage, a home to more than fifty orphans and underprivileged children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Led by the GNRC Coordinator in Tanzania, Ms. Joyce Mdachi, GNRC members met with 64 children aged 3-18 years and 12 caregivers and deliberated how they are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The home engages the children in curricular studies and extracurricular activities to keep them occupied and motivated. They mentioned that through the engagement, they could minimize the risk of children falling into drugs and substance abuse, loitering aimlessly, sexual practices, idleness among others. The institution is also using the media particularly radio and TV to enable access to education programs by the children. The orphanage has also been sensitizing the children on how to manage the pandemic including hand hygiene, social and physical distancing, and environmental cleanliness.

Child Rights organizations working for promotion and protection of children’s rights strongly urged provincial government to take all possible measures to implement available legal framework to address the deep-rooted issue of child labour. This was demanded during an online roundtable arranged by Search For Justice to mark World Day Against Child Labour. World Day Against Child Labour 2020 is focusing on the impact of crisis on child labour. The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. The crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour. Already, there are an estimated 152 million children in child labour, 72 million of which are in hazardous work. These children are now at even greater risk of facing circumstances that are even more difficult and working longer hours.

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