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.
GNRC through its member Restoring and Empowering Communities (REC), is sensitizing and engaging children in Uganda on safety measures during COVID-19 including psychosocial support.
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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On the 16th of May 2020, GNRC women peacebuilders and youth together with health workers from Mombasa County of Kenya sensitized the community of Bombolulu on COVID-19. A total of 1,057 people including children and youth benefited from the outreach. The event aimed at imparting knowledge to the community on the pandemic and on its potential to increase online radicalization and exploitation of children and youth, and ways to prevent those effects. The participants were encouraged to educate other members of the community to promote awareness and understanding about the pandemic and its associated effects.
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On 21st May 2020 the Alliance for the Protection of Children launched a Guide for the Prevention of Violence Against Children, developed under the leadership of Arigatou International; to support and inspire the work of Faith Based Organizations and communities in the area of violence prevention in Central America.