Porto Alegre Celebrated the Day of Prayer and Action for Children

Leer en castellano…The Day of Prayer and Action for Children was celebrated in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul, on November 18, 2011, at the College Center-YMCA For the first time there was participation by the leaders and children from other religious institutions.

The activity began with a greeting and a short explanation of the nature of the event, introducing the GNRC logo and the idea of cultural diversity and interfaith celebration represented in the image of the rainbow.

Each participating group was introduced. Then the song “Watercolor of Brazil” was sung by children with gestures. Next were workshops. The children were divided into nine groups, each with a different color wristband. They had diverse recreational activities such as a toy making workshop, storytelling, cooperative games, painting of meaningful words, face-painting.

The children got to know each other, and demonstrated their creativity and ingenuity building toys with recycled material. They colored words in their own language and in other languages, with guidance from the workshop instructors. They learned the meaning of new words as well as their relationship with the meaning of the event.

The group moved on to the second moment at the school square where each child received a small sapling. They arranged the plants forming a bed multicolored flowers around a tree decorated with a beautiful big orange bow. The children showed care and love with every little seedling that was gently introduced into the earth as one who plants a green, colorful and sustainable future.

The activity ended with the whole group in the school hall, where the Prayer of the Child (the Children’s Pastoral Services version) was said. Remarks from some children, “I had never shared anything with children of other religions.” “Next year I will participate again” (Paola).

Escrito por Teresinha A. Dorigon Vieira
GNRC Brasil



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