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On 27th December 2020, women beneficiaries from the Family Resilience project organized an informal meeting with children to enlighten them about the challenge of radicalization into violent extremism, and how they can protect themselves from becoming victims. The participants also commemorated the 20 years of interfaith collaboration for children by the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC).

The Network and Programs Coordinator of the GNRC, Dr. Dorcas Kiplagat, paid a courtesy visit to the women beneficiaries of the Family Resilience Project in Mombasa, Kenya on 27th December 2020. The visit was to evaluate progress of the five projects small and medium-sized enterprises based in Bombolulu area, comprising of Breakthrough Women Group that ventured into hair saloon business, Beba Nikubebe Women Group that specialized in egg vending, Nafahirwa Women Group that opened a charcoal business, and Pamoja Wamama Twaweza Women Group and Vitendo Tenda Women Group, both focusing in broiler chicken farming.

This year marks 20 years since the inauguration of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC). In May 2000, Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto invited close to 300 faith leaders and grassroots child-rights organizations and individuals from the world’s major religious communities and spiritual traditions to Tokyo to launch the GNRC. Today, we celebrate 20 years of interfaith cooperation for children. This is a special moment for appreciating the extraordinary work of the GNRC members, led by 55 coordinators in 55 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Under the banner of the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) convened a 2-hour virtual meeting on Wednesday 18th November 2020, to mark and celebrate 20 years of GNRC’s interfaith collaboration for children. Participants from more than 30 countries attended this session that had active child participation. During the event, members of the Arigatou International Advisory Group, Directors of Arigatou International’s four initiatives, representatives from international organizations, and GNRC Coordinators, contact persons and members graced the session.

We all remember the momentous GNRC 5th Forum held in Panama City, Panama in May 2017. The Forum was attended by close to 600 participants from 70 countries.

Since then, the GNRC Network has increased its membership by thousands. Before the Forum, GNRC was active in 41 countries. Two years after the Fifth Forum, GNRC became active in 55 countries. It is now a truly global interfaith movement for children. In the Panama Declaration on Ending Violence against Children, which was a key outcome of the 5th Forum, we all made 10 Commitments: 10 solid commitments:

 

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