In line with commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), GNRC–DR Congo together with BIFERRD organization conducted two consultative meetings with the Kinshasa community including children and youth on 17th October 2018; a focus group discussion with the deprived families of Eastern DR Congo, and another consultation with religious leaders, professionals, parents and caregivers to seek sustainable solutions to ending poverty.

A two-day stakeholders conference on Deradicalization, Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism discussed some of the most pressing challenges facing the people of frontier counties including: Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Moyale and Isiolo; as well as residents in Ethiopia and Somalia bordering them. The theme of the conference, ‘Stepping up community-led counter terrorism and deradicalization efforts to combat violent extremism,’ was the basis of the discussion. It was observed that terrorism and violent extremism had stunted growth and development, and prevented many children and young people from accessing quality education.

Commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty would not have been attained in Kenya without ‘spreading love’ at a children’s home. Arigatou International – Nairobi in partnership with Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR), a member of GNRC, visited the Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Center in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya on the 19th of October 2018.

The U.A.E. Government will host the Interfaith Alliance Forum in U.A.E, Abu Dhabi on 19th and 20th November 2018, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces. The announcement was formally made during the Press Conference organized by the U.A.E. Government at the Ministry of Interior headquarters on 24th September 2018, in which the Arigatou International Advisory Group Member, Sh. Ibrahim Lethome, was invited to take part.

GNRC–Kenya Network in partnership with local organizations and the Government of Kenya launched the Lenga Ugaidi na Talanta 2018 Edition under the theme, “Fighting Terrorism through Art”. The event which took place on 1st October 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya was attended by representatives from the Kenyan Government, and International and grassroots organizations. Arigatou International (AI) was represented by Sh. Ibrahim Lethome, a member of AI’s Advisory Group, the Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, and GNRC Members in Kenya, among others.

Forty five (45) faith leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region including Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay have affirmed their commitment to protecting children in the digital world. Participants met in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the 4th Pre-Event Workshop on 11th – 12th September 2018 ahead of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities Global Forum scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) in November 2018. The workshop, which was organized by Arigatou International-GNRC in LAC in partnership with UNICEF, Plan International and the NGO Coalition for Children and with support from the U.A.E Government, deliberated on the challenges of online violence against children (including online child sexual exploitation) in the LAC region, and advocated for sustainable solutions to the problem.

Arigatou International officials, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Director, Arigatou International – Nairobi, together with Ms. Rebeca Rios Kohn, Director, Arigatou International – New York and Prayer and Action for Children, have been nominated to serve on the Faith-based Advisory Council to UN Inter-Agency Taskforce on Religion. They were nominated by members of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force.