New initiative at the GNRC Fourth Forum

Arigatou International supports an interfaith initiative to end child poverty launched at the GNRC Fourth Forum.

The initiative was launched at the Fourth Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) held from 16th to 18th June 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The initiative, entitled “Mobilizing Faith-Based Resources to End Child Poverty,” encompassing contributions from various partners will challenge corruption and poor governance, war and violence, and unequal distribution of resources and will  utilize interfaith advocacy and grassroots action to overcome poverty by bringing together children and young people, religious leaders and faith communities, civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, the African Union and other multi-lateral institutions, educators, governments, development banks, businesses and the media to build a world where no child will live in poverty.

Driven by the urgent ethical imperative to commit to a vision that no one, especially children, should live under conditions imposed by poverty — the long-term Global Poverty Initiative was presented to children on the last day of the GNRC Forum. It will go beyond the 2015 target year of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – seeking to help end poverty affecting children by addressing economic injustices; not only the systemic structures but also the roots of the problem in the human heart—greed, ignorance, hatred and fear.