The civic society of Comoro including Mwana Tsi Wa Mdzima Komor, Hifadhui, CAP, and Subuti Wambé hosted an awareness campaign to end sexual violence against children on Sunday 21st May 2017 in Said Mohamed Sheikh High School, Moroni. This followed an outcry over rising cases of sexual abuse of children.

Following the GNRC 5th Forum held in May 2017, Building Resilience Against Violence Extremism (BRAVE) program in partnership with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) held a series of follow-up workshops in Kenya in May 2017. The purpose of the interfaith meetings was to engage women and youth on their role in countering violent extremism. A total of three hundred and twenty (320) participants from Tana River, Mandera and Wajir were reached. The regions selected for the activities are most vulnerable and exposed to radicalization and violent extremism at the same time polarized by tribal and inter-clan clashes.

“We can and we must end sexual violence!” said youth leaders from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, and Burundi during the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Sunrise Children’s home in Kabarnet, Baringo County, hosts 42 orphaned, neglected, or sexually abused children of ages between 2 and 16 years. The GNRC Network and Programs Coordinator, Dr. Dorcas Kiplagat, joined 14 churchwomen on May 2, 2017 on a visit to the home. With support from Arigatou International GNRC, the group donated foodstuffs, toiletries and other basic items to the home. The children exuded confidence about the future and sang several songs to entertain the guests.

Tension continues to rise in Apaa, Adjumani District, Northern Uganda over the past week as four (4) people lose their lives and twenty one (21) sustained serious injuries over land conflict between the Acholi and Madi communities. The reverberation of the clashes has witnessed torching of houses and farms leaving close to seven hundred people including women and children, homeless.

Shanti Ashram (a member of GNRC) in partnership with Rotary Heritage launched the first mobile pediatric ambulance and health unit dubbed, “Hospital on Wheels”, in May 2017 in Tamilnadu, India. The launch of the health unit was part of the Rotary Global grant to build an innovative model for child healthcare in Southern India. The Honorable Minister for Municipal Administration of the State, District Collector, the Rotary Governor for 2 states, GNRC 5th Forum participants from India and three hundred (300) community representatives attended the event.

On 5th June 2017, the Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, attended a Director’s meeting at Arigatou International Tokyo, Japan. Arigatou International Tokyo officials and Directors from the four Arigatou initiatives converged to analyze the outcomes of the GNRC 5th Forum held on May 2017 with the theme, Ending Violence Against Children: Faith Communities in Action.