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- Written by Ms. Cindy Owuor, GNRC–Kenya •
- Category: In the News •
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.
In an effort to contain COVID-19, GNRC member Dr. Fozia Alvi through Humanity Auxilium, a medical organization based in Canada, has been educating healthcare personnel in Bangladesh on how to stay safe during the pandemic.
Led by the GNRC Secretary General, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali and Director Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty, Rev. Fred Nyabera, GNRC held its quarterly regional meetings with its coordinators and contact persons in the month of April 2020. The four online meetings comprised members from Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.
COVID-19 has placed children at an increased risk of radicalization into violent extremism, and online sexual abuse and exploitation. Experts note that statistics on online child exploitation and abuse globally has steadily increased during the pandemic.
There is a Jewish story about a child who went to the synagogue to pray. He did not know the words of the traditional prayers, so he sat down in the back and started to sing the alphabet. After a few minutes, the adults of the synagogue asked him: “Why are you singing the alphabet?”
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem.
Assalam Aleikum Warahamatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Fellow religious leaders and beloved children across the world,
May the peace be upon all of us.
Firstly, I would like to thank Arigatou International for arranging this Interfaith Prayer for Children in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities stands with Arigatou International as part of a united community to protect vulnerable children worldwide.