Faith in Action for Children: Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Faith in Action for Children: Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Keishi Miyamoto

A special message from Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, President of Arigatou International, on the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has now spread across the globe and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. The world has been affected in unprecedented ways. We are all saddened by the report that an increasing number of people, mostly the elderly but also including children, are losing their lives to this virus.


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Rev. Miyamoto’s message is also available in the following languages:

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Arigatou International Webinar Series:


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Safeguarding Children’s Dignity Online During the COVID-19 PANDEMIC

This webinar will provide a platform for discussion between the experts and children members of GNRC’s Youth Committee on the current threats and challenges children are facing in the context of COVID-19 while they navigate in the digital world. It will also include recommendations for religious communities and civil society to take action towards online safety for children.

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Faith-Based Inspired Organizations in Asia Supporting, Protecting and Empowering Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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El impacto del COVID-19 en el bienestar y los derechos de los niños y las niñas

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The Emotional and Spiritual Impact of Covid-19 on Children

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The impact of Covid-19 on Children’s Rights and Well-being

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Faith in Action for Children

Interfaith Prayer With Children In the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

22 April 2020

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How can you get involved?

We invite you to join hands in action with us to protect and empower children during this difficult time.

You can join the campaign by:

1. Sharing by emailing us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about what you are doing with your communities to protect children during the COVID-19 Pandemic and we will select updates periodically to share across our social media

2. Following and implementing these 12 concrete recommendations to keep children safe and protected, and ensure their physical and spiritual well-being

3. Sharing these resources with parents and caregivers and with your religious communities

4. Using the hashtag #FaithInActionForChildren in your social media

5. Offering your time and expertise, and volunteering with us to promote this campaign and/or implement specific actions

6. Signing up to our newsletter to receive updates and new resources

“While the elderly and those with pre-existing health complications are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, as always, women and children often become extra-vulnerable not only from the virus but also from their vulnerable situation in most societies, including from domestic violence, gender-based violence and lack of effective social safety nets.”

Kul Chandra Gautam
Chair, Arigatou International Advisory Group, Former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, and Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations. READ MORE

What Religious Communities and Faith-Based Organizations are Doing to Respond and Support Children

The Faith in Action for Children Global Campaign provides several tools and recommendations for faith-based organizations, religious communities, parents and caregivers to support, protect and empower children during the COVID-19 pandemic.


We invite you to learn about the responses from several of our partners and members of the Global Network of Religions for Children.

Voices of Children:

Children and youth from the Global Network of Religions for Children, GNRC, share their wisdom
and recommendations to their peers to protect themselves and care for others.

Abeeha - Youth Leader from Pakistan

Voices of Religious Leaders:

Religious leaders from around the world are joining the Faith in Action for Children Global Campaign to raise awareness about the importance of listening to the voices of children, and of caring, protecting and empowering them during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Religious Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean
Respond to COVID-19

Religious leaders, members of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), make a strong call to keep social distancing, promote self and mutual care, and solidarity with one another. They appealed to use this time to surround our children with care and love.

View the video in Spanish with the voices of 14 religious leaders from diverse religious groups in Latin America and the Caribbean.

View the individual videos:

Faith in Action for Children:

12 Messages and Actions to Ensure Children’s Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Resources for Parents and Caregivers:

Learning to Live Together
An Activity Booklet for Children during the Covid-19 Pandemic - For Children Aged 4 to 18

This booklet suggests a variety of fun, educational activities for families and children to strengthen family bonds, nurture children's spirituality, and provide learning opportunities for them to reflect on ethical challenges during and after the pandemic.

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Recommendations for parents and caregivers to nurture children’s spirituality and ethical reflections during the COVID-19 lockdown


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Additional Resources:

Several GNRC members and partners have created additional resources to raise awareness and protect communities, families and children during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The following is a selection of good resources.