The Global Network of Religions for Children again summoned us to its great annual worldwide celebration: The Day of Prayer & Action for Children.

In Colombia it was celebrated on November 19 in Bogota, at the Menonite Church in Bogota. Representatives from different religions and organizations participated: Buddhists, Baha’is, Christians, Muslims, UNICEF, the Council of Religions for Peace, and Schools for  Peace. All these organizations were very grateful and willing to offer their services and disposition to come together for the common good, which we all choose: "Promote the rights of children, adolescents and youth."

The group from the first Ethics Education training in Cuba

The first Ethics Education training took place between July 14th and 18th for the representatives of 23 institutions with the support of the Evangelical Seminary of Theology of Matanzas, the Christian Institute on Gender, GNRC-Cuba and GNRC-LAC. Forty-two adults and 17 children and adolescents attended the training, which was held at the Seminary of Matanzas. The methodology from the contents of “Learning to Live Together” guided the training as well as the training’s general objective: “Promoting a culture of peace and responsible and positive citizenship in the relationships and spaces in which children, adolescents and youth develop; including the prevention of violence in families, schools and the community.”

An eight-day training was conducted by the ‘Fundación Para La Reconciliación’ (based in Colombia) and coordinated by the Interreligious Council of Uganda and the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative. With support from Arigatou International and Goldin Institute, the training took place at the Alokolum National Major Seminary in Gulu, Uganda from 6th to – 13th June 2014.

End Child Poverty initiative

The End Child Poverty initiative of the Arigatou International launched at the GNRC Fourth Forum in 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania has made tremendous strides towards achieving some of the goals announced at the Forum. The launch of the End Child Poverty Knowledge Center on 17th October in Sri Lanka was a major step. The Knowledge Center was launched on 17th October on the International Day for Eradication of Poverty (IDEP).

The work of the GNRC is facilitated through the efforts of many GNRC Coordinators and Contact Persons, each of whom has stepped forward to offer his or her experience with children's issues, passion for the well-being of children and coordination skills to assist GNRC members in developing interfaith cooperation projects, working for and with children and young people.

The GNRC Coordinators and Contact Persons, some of whom represent organizations and others of whom are simply concerned individuals, take the initiative to organize and promote GNRC activities, and, with the support of Arigatou International, strive to develop the GNRC at all levels—local, national, regional, sub-regional and global. They work in consultation with other GNRC members in their areas to set the course for programs and projects, and they coordinate related tasks, including drawing up and implementing annual activity plans. In doing so, they strive to create opportunities for collaboration among GNRC members and their partners, and also engage in advocacy in various global forums related to the concerns of the GNRC. 

GNRC Country Coordinators

GNRC members who wish to coordinate, facilitate and promote the work of all the GNRC members in a given country are invited to step forward, with the support of other members in their nation, to serve as volunteer “GNRC Country Coordinators.” 

Country Coordinators are endorsed or appointed by the GNRC Secretariat in a process of consultation with other GNRC members in each country.

Country Coordinators are expected to fulfill the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all GNRC activities within their respective countries;
  • Design relevant programs, send regular programs proposals, advise on the level of programs priority, facilitate programs implementation, ensure compliance to GNRC rules and regulations, report achievements;
  • Publicize GNRC programs in local media, update GNRC activities on the GNRC website and make regular posts on the GNRC’s social media platforms;
  • Recruit new members, forge working partnership with other NGOs or CSOs, promote GNRC youth participation in GNRC activities and programs;
  • Submit an annual budget proposal for their respective countries to the GNRC Secretariat;
  • Communicate and update the GNRC Secretariat regularly.

Special appreciation is also due to the former GNRC Coordinators, who played very important roles in the development of regional initiatives for the GNRC, and remain actively involved as GNRC members:

  • Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali - Africa, and Former Secretary General, African Council of Religious Leaders and Religions for Peace Representative for Africa
  • Dr. V.S. Ariyaratne - South Asia, Executive Director, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka
  • Ms. Evi Guggenheim-Shbeta – Israel, Psychotherapist, Clinical social worker and Conflict Moderator
  • Ms. Marta Palma - Europe, Former Advisor on Children's Issues to the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
  • Ms. Mercedes Roman - Latin America and the Caribbean, Former Associate/Representative for UN Issues, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  • Rev. Archimandrite Prof. Dr. Qais Sadiq - Arab States, President, Ecumenical Studies Center, Jordan
  • Ms. Dorit Shippin - Israel, Former Coordinator of “Doumia~Sakinah,” the Pluralistic Spiritual Center of Neve Shalom~Wahat Al Salam
  • Ms. Razia Sultan Ismail - Central Asia and the Caucasus, International Convenor and Charter Member of the Women’s Coalition for Peace and Development and Former President of the World Young Women's Christian Association
  • Sr. Jean Pruitt - East and Southern Africa, M.M., Founder, Dogodogo Street Children's Trust, Tanzania
  • Mr. Fady Yarak - Arab States, Former Executive Director, Rene Moawad Foundation, Lebanon

Serving as a Coordinator or Contact Person

Interested in becoming a GNRC Coordinator or Contact Person? Please contact us.

Media Impact on Interreligious Relations panelists

Panel of Journalists, Religious Leaders, Policy Makers discuss how media and religious leaders can strengthen reporting on religion

Leading experts on the media and religion, as well as policy makers, met in Nairobi on 17th November 2014 to discuss the role of the media in strengthening relations between different religious communities.

Benevolent activities grow naturally from the lifestyle of “prayer and practice” advocated by Myochikai. After four decades of assisting people inneed in various ways, in 1990 Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto established the Arigatou Foundation as a faith-based NGO dedicated to creating a better environment for children around the world. The activities of the Arigatou Foundation are all rooted in Myochikai’s recognition that children are the treasure of humanity, the inheritors of the Earth, and the bearers of future peace.

Since its founding, Myochikai has consistently endeavored to realize the vision of its founder—contributing to lasting world peace. For Myochikai, Rev. Mitsu Miyamoto’s founding proclamation expresses the essence of Buddhist teaching and practice for building peace. Myochikai members seek to follow her dedicated example of selfless service and her practice of mercy and unconditional love. To this end, they follow the four primary teachings, which spring intrinsically from the heart of the founding proclamation. For Myochikai members, the practice of each one of the primary teachings, in its own way, directly contributes to peace for individuals, families, societies and the world.

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