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Providing relief to low-income families, children and elders (cared for at homes) is an extremely important and urgent need within the context of the third wave of COVID-19 and the transmission restrictions in Sri Lanka. It is due to this dynamics that GNRC member in Sri Lanka is undertaking an exercise to attend to the underprivileged communities. They are providing food, sanitary material and medication, and sensitizing the wider public on how to stay safe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left severe damage to the world economies including the stagnation of education. Institutions of learning were forced to close down due to the increase in COVID-19 infections. Learning was conducted online and those who could not afford online learning were forced to use the traditional mode of learning or missed it altogether. Such is the case for Uganda and many countries in the world.

In the month of May 2021, GNRC Member in Romania, Education for Change, undertook a two-week program for children under the theme, “Building Safe Learning Contexts for Students.” The program is being implemented by teachers to develop students’ skills to relate in a positive way with the others, equipping students with efficient methods to process and control their emotions and to solve conflicts in a nonviolent way. The program also seeks to nurture an attitude of reconciliation and a culture of peace in schools.

On 24th April 2021 GNRC member, Shanti Ashram, together with Focolare Movement, Arigatou International, University of Mumbai and other GNRC–India partners organized a meeting on, "Inter-generational Reflection and Dialogue on Rediscovering ‘humility’ and ‘humanity’ in the Midst of the COVID–19 Pandemic." The virtual program attracted 2,127 people through Shanti Ashram’s Facebook live stream and 100 directly through the Zoom call. Members came from 14 countries across the world.

The event was an invitation to listen to one another and share experiences on how dialogue has created an environment of reflection, mutual learning and recommitment to action to build peace especially during COVID-19. Shanti Ashram has managed to host five editions of the meeting, which have previously succeeded in putting together youth and adults from different religions to reflect on topics that affect the current and future generations.

During the National South Africa Freedom Month, GNRC network in South Africa held a Children and Youth Interfaith Network (CAYIN) Freedom Month celebration on 24th April 2021 at the World Assembly of Muslim Youth in Durban, South Africa.

Under the theme, “Children – Our Gift and Responsibility,” the CAYIN forum reflected on the many challenges and dilemmas parents and every adult face everyday yet despite these, they strive continually to ensure the very best for their children.

On 24th April 2021, GNRC members in Nairobi, Kenya led by the GNRC Coordinator, who is also the Director Center for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR), Sh. Ramadhan Aula Juma, conducted a cleanup exercise in Syokimau, Machakos County aimed at addressing Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The activity also focused on the implementation of Panama Commitment on Ending Violence Against Children no. 1 on, “Listening to children with empathy and respect, welcoming their wisdom and gifts, and continuing to work side-by-side to address violence against them.”

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