“We can and we must end sexual violence!” said youth leaders from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, and Burundi during the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Sunrise Children’s home in Kabarnet, Baringo County, hosts 42 orphaned, neglected, or sexually abused children of ages between 2 and 16 years. The GNRC Network and Programs Coordinator, Dr. Dorcas Kiplagat, joined 14 churchwomen on May 2, 2017 on a visit to the home. With support from Arigatou International GNRC, the group donated foodstuffs, toiletries and other basic items to the home. The children exuded confidence about the future and sang several songs to entertain the guests.

Tension continues to rise in Apaa, Adjumani District, Northern Uganda over the past week as four (4) people lose their lives and twenty one (21) sustained serious injuries over land conflict between the Acholi and Madi communities. The reverberation of the clashes has witnessed torching of houses and farms leaving close to seven hundred people including women and children, homeless.

Shanti Ashram (a member of GNRC) in partnership with Rotary Heritage launched the first mobile pediatric ambulance and health unit dubbed, “Hospital on Wheels”, in May 2017 in Tamilnadu, India. The launch of the health unit was part of the Rotary Global grant to build an innovative model for child healthcare in Southern India. The Honorable Minister for Municipal Administration of the State, District Collector, the Rotary Governor for 2 states, GNRC 5th Forum participants from India and three hundred (300) community representatives attended the event.

On 5th June 2017, the Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, attended a Director’s meeting at Arigatou International Tokyo, Japan. Arigatou International Tokyo officials and Directors from the four Arigatou initiatives converged to analyze the outcomes of the GNRC 5th Forum held on May 2017 with the theme, Ending Violence Against Children: Faith Communities in Action.

The President of Arigatou International, Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, once stated that extreme poverty is the most extensive form of violence in the world; and it claims an enormous number of lives worldwide and leaves the survivors with unbearable and endemic suffering. Estimates of 1 billion children across the world live in poverty today; that is one out of every two children. It was because of such severe situations that the Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty), a global initiative of Arigatou International, decided to develop an Interfaith Guide to equip duty bearers with knowledge, skills and attitudes to help End Child Poverty.