Tokyo, 21 April 2020

Arigatou International and its Global Network of Religions for Children, together with several faith-based and interfaith organizations, will host a Live Interfaith Prayer with Children on Wednesday 22 April at 08.00 EST/14.00 CET. The Prayer will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

On 7th April 2020, GNRC member St. Mary's School, visited the Community Life Foundation, an orphanage in Islamabad Pakistan, for an awareness activity dubbed, “Keep children safe from COVID-19." The two-hour activity, attended by 20 participants (17 children and 3 adults), aimed at empowering children with skills on how to protect themselves from COVID-19.

On 8th April 2020, GNRC members and friends from across the world participated in a webinar meeting on COVID-19 and Child Protection organized by Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (End Violence) and the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN). The two hosting organizations focused on key issues on child protection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting attracted 1,400 participants from 120 countries across the world.

In responding to the global call to contain COVID-19, GNRC member in DR Congo, Bureau d'informations, Formations Échanges et Recherches pour le Développement (BIFERD), is working with African Rescue Vision (ARV) and the Medical Department of the Community of Baptist Churches in Eastern DR Congo (55th CEBCE) to equip the community with proper knowledge on ways to prevent infection and spread of the virus.

Dear Members and Friends of the GNRC,

Over the last three months, the world has been stunned by anxiety as it witnesses the growing pandemic caused by the coronavirus. We are now shaken by the reality that the next months will be challenging for everyone. The impact on socio-economic conditions globally is unimaginable.