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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.

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.

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.

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Under the Family Resilience Project, the GNRC in partnership with the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) brought together public health workers, with women leaders and youth trained in peacebuilding from the Kamukunji Community Peace Network (KACPEN) to sensitize the community on COVID-19. The activity, which took place in Kamukunji, Nairobi on 17th May 2020, sought to sensitize the community on safeguarding their children and youth from online exploitation especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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