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Arigatou International Appoints Director for Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty

Rev. Fred Nyabera of Kenya has been named the director of Arigatou International’s new multi-stakeholder initiative to reduce poverty’s devastating effects on the world’s children. The initiative, first announced at the fourth global forum of the GNRC in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in June 2012, was tentatively titled Mobilizing Faith-based Resources to End Child Poverty. Rev. Nyabera will apply his expertise as a social scientist, trained theologian and pastor, as well as his experience with NGO partnerships and development work, to help shape the new initiative.

Rev. Nyabera holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Nairobi; Bachelor of Divinity (Masters of Divinity equivalent) from Union Biblical Seminary, India, post graduate studies in Conflict Transformation with the Eastern Mennonites University, Virginia U.S.A. He is also currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Leadership at Africa International University, Kenya.

Rev. Nyabera has previously served as a pastor at the Nairobi Baptist and Karen Community Church. He also served as an Executive Director of Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA) - a regional peacebuilding and conflict transformation faith based NGO with membership in nine Eastern Africa countries. In addition, he has worked with Inua Kenya Foundation (a good governance and peacebuilding organization in East Africa) as the Executive Director.

Together with faith-based, civil society, governments, inter-governmental and multilateral organizations, Rev. Nyabera has passionately worked at improving the wellbeing of communities in Eastern Africa by supporting accountable governance and promoting peace and security for development, especially with respect to marginalized and vulnerable groups.