What We Do

Child Rights

Arigatou International is dedicated to securing the well-being and rights of children and advancing the culture of peace through interreligious dialogue and cooperative action. It provides a values-based platform for implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by mobilizing faith-based initiatives for children in support of the United Nations commitment to child rights and the Millennium Development Goals.

Arigatou International closely follows the work of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, as issues pertaining to children are on the agenda of these UN bodies. 

Arigatou International has launched and currently sustains four major initiatives:

Global Network of Religions for Children

The GNRC is the leading global interfaith network devoted to working for child rights and other children's issues. Its membership and partners include a diverse group of religious leaders, faith-based organizations serving children, development workers, and UN agencies such as UNICEF and UNESCO. The GNRC was founded in May 2000 and it conducts region-wide and local programs to improve children's lives in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Ethics Education for Children

The ethics education initiative was first announced at the UN Special Session on Children in May 2002. Next, the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children was established to discern the strategies for promoting ethics and values-based education in diverse educational settings as well as in the home. The first priority set by the Council was the development of a practical resource for conducting interfaith ethics education.

Prayer and Action for Children

The Prayer and Action for Children seeks to bring together people of religion and goodwill to safeguard the integrity, rights and dignity of children and promote their wellbeing. It is made possible by a partnership among the world's religions, faith-based groups, secular organizations and people of goodwill committed to building a world fit for children.

Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty

The reality of children in poverty has its root causes in unequal distribution of resources, war and violence, corruption and poor governance. Arigatou International is committed to work across religious traditions, partnering with civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, educators, governments, development banks, businesses, media, and people of good will to respond to the challenge of child poverty. The initiative will work through interfaith advocacy and grassroots action seeking to overcome poverty affecting children.