Establishing the GNRC Network in Sierra Leone

Another moment of growth was witnessed on the 26th April 2018 when GNRC–Sierra Leone was established. Pr. Peter KB Alfred, Founder and Executive Director, Christian Outreach Justice Mission Sierra Leone, the current GNRC Contact person in Sierra Leone, enlightened the participants about the workings of the GNRC and its structure. Members were taken through GNRC’s priority areas and goals including; Preventing Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime, Nurturing Spirituality in Child Up-bringing, Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children, Ending Child Poverty and Supporting Vulnerable Children, and Building and Strengthening the GNRC Network.

Albinism is Just a Colour

GNRC–Tanzania in partnership with CEFA Onlus Tanzania and Under The Same Sun (UTSS), conducted five participatory workshops from 9th – 13th April 2018 to raise awareness on People living with Albinism (PWA). The workshop, which took place in Bariadi District, Simiyu region, Tanzania, focused on addressing albinophobia through ethics education and instilling of moral values in the audience. A total of one hundred and fifty eight (158) participants including health workers, community development officers, social welfare officers, legal and justice officials, teachers, youth, children and the local government, benefited from the workshops.

GNRC–Kenya participated at an interfaith dialogue for peace on 11th and 12th of April 2018 at the Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya. The interfaith meeting dubbed, “Muslim – Christian Engagement for Social Transformation in Africa: The Role of Academic Institutions,” was organized by Tangaza University College and Umma University. A total of two hundred (200) participants including professionals and religious leaders from the Christian and Muslim faiths were in attendance. They discussed ways to enhance coexistence between members of the two faiths and specifically by adopting a social transformation methodology towards peace and development. Other organizations that participated in the interfaith engagement were Africa Muslims Agency, National Cohesion and Integration Commission of Kenya, Ziviler Friedensdienst Civil Peace Service and Ageh Mitmenschen. The Comboni Missionaries and Missionaries of Africa were also represented in the interfaith dialogue.

GNRC and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty through I CAN Malaysia, organized a three-day intensive workshop from 6th – 8th April 2018 at International Islamic University in Malaysia to address the staggering levels of poverty that leads to unemployment and eventually increase in violence. The workshop replicated the WORTH program, an award-winning micro-banking program that empowers women to lift themselves and each other from poverty. WORTH’s unique model brings women and girls together to save money, access credit and start small businesses. A total of twelve (12) participants including women and girls from different organizations such as the Refugee Mothers from Rohingya, benefited from this workshop.

The GNRC together with other Faith Based Organizations launched The Asia Pacific Faith-based Coalition for Sustainable Development (APFC) on 28th March 2018 as a side event during a meeting organized by the Asia – Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, to discuss ways to build sustainable and resilient societies in the region. The meeting, moderated by Mr. Norbert Hsu, Regional Leader of World Vision International was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ms. Raquel Sherman, a young GNRC member from Panama was featured on the TEDx Talk show on 11th March 2018. Ms. Sherman addressed the local audience and media in Panama on the role of children and youth in peace and development. In her presentation themed, “Two Sides of a Coin: Youth Empowerment,” she emphasized the need to empower youth with ideas and opportunities to enable them to contribute to global peace and sustainable growth. In her opinion, youth empowerment is about creating opportunities for the youth to be involved and to follow through on their actions and also about making youth believe in themselves, thereby enabling them to create their own opportunities and be brave enough to follow them through.