The President of Arigatou International, and Convenor of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, joined other global leaders and participants at the Solutions Summit convened by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, held in Stockholm, Sweden on 14th and 15th February 2018. During the Summit, three hundred and eighty six (386) participants including global leaders, representatives from the United Nations, government officials, civil society organizations, the private sector and children and youth from 67 countries across the world affirmed their commitment towards ending violence against children.

GNRC–Kenya convened some of its members to participate in an interfaith breakfast forum on 26th January 2018 in Nairobi to sensitize community influencers and leaders on preventive measures to ending violent extremism in Kenya and the region. Among those who attended were representatives of civil society organizations, religious institutions and individuals working to promote the rights of children and government officials, including the advisor to the President of the Republic of Kenya on peacebuilding and cohesion, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia.

Thank you for being part of the GNRC Network and Community. With your support, participation and guidance, we achieved a lot in ending violence against children in 2017. Here are a few of the accomplishments:

GNRC–Kenya in partnership with Pwani Youth Network, Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE), Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) and PADADA Initiative, organized a community resilience interfaith tour in Mombasa, Kenya to sensitize youth on the importance of ending violence against children. Forty six (46) participants, most of whom were youth and children, attended the 29th December 2017 event. The interfaith tour aimed at enriching diversity in religion, culture and beliefs of the community as well as to educate the youth on tolerance, respect and peaceful co-existence.

Search For Justice, a member of GNRC, organized a two-day workshop on 9th and 10th November 2017 for media, government officials and civil society organizations to discuss matters child rights and child protection. The workshop aimed at building the capacity of key stakeholders responsible for legislation, policy formulation and accountability related to child protection in Pakistan.


CAN Pakistan and Search For Justice observed the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children on 20th November 2017 by organizing two separate sessions for boys and girls on child protection in Lahore, Pakistan. Children were taught on their rights and responsibilities as stakeholders of the society and their importance to protecting themselves from exploitation. The global context on violence against children was shared, to help the children avoid falling victim of violent acts. Psychologist and parliamentarian, Dr. Aliya Aftab, participated in the event.

GNRC–Kenya led by Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) marked the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children on 25th November 2017 at the Molem Superloaf Primary School in Kariobangi, Nairobi. The event themed, “Stop Violence Against Children,” was attended by one hundred and (110) children from the Good Hope Children’s Home and Villadeac Children’s Home situated in Kariobangi. Other organisations that attended the event included Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR), the Cry of a Young One, Fair Kenya Organization and Child Life Kenya.