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ONG BIFERD DR Congo in partnership with the Baptist Ministry in North Kivu facilitated a training for 64 Baptist Church youth on COVID-19 prevention. The training, which took place on 23rd August 2020 in Goma, DR Congo, aimed at empowering youth with information and building their resilience against the pandemic.

The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) is saddened to hear of the recent loss of Pastor President Rev. Adita Torres Lescano of the Lutheran Church of Peru (Iglesia Luterana DelPeru), and member of the GNRC Committee in Peru.

As part of the network's effort to respond to COVID-19, GNRC member in Comoros, Conseil de la Paix (CAP) led by the Coordinator Mr. Akim Said M'changama, distributed face masks and sanitary kits to students and teachers in schools over the course of July 2020. This is after the government of Comoros reopened the schools in the country.

On 17th June 2020, GNRC Members St. Mary’s Public School and Society for The Empowerment of People (STEP) collaborated with the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty to distribute foodstuffs and sanitary materials to the most vulnerable communities of Rawalpindi in Pakistan including parents and caregivers as well as children and youth. The event, which reached 275 children and youth, and attended by 57 adults, was held at St. Francis’s High School Rawalpindi Pakistan, a sister school to St. Mary’s Public School Pakistan. The Community Life Foundation also supported the initiative.

On 30th July 2020, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in partnership with Church World Service (CWS) and in collaboration with Plataforma NNAPES, facilitated a virtual workshop for members of the GNRC in the Dominican Republic on, "The Role of Faith Communities in Providing Support to Children with Incarcerated Parents." The meeting was attended by 20 participants representing 10 faith-based organizations and communities, all members of the GNRC.

As part of the global campaign to initiate regional and local interventions from religious leaders and communities to support children, Arigatou International hosted its Europe Regional Meeting on Tuesday 28th July 2020. The meeting themed, "How Faith-Inspired Organizations in Europe are Supporting and Protecting Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic," was attended by more than 100 attendees via GoToWebinar.

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