Our Approach

In Arigatou International the child is at the center of all we do and how we do it. We affirm the importance of creating safe and embracing spaces and learning opportunities, free from any form of violence, where children can fully develop, be actively involved and reach their full potential.

It is our mission and commitment in all the work with do to create safe environments for children - especially those who are in vulnerable and endangered contexts - where they can grow up with full access to their innate capacity for spiritual development.

We focus on their human dignity, which goes beyond basic human needs, to their full development as proclaimed by the Convention on the rights of the Child, by religious communities and those working for the wellbeing of children.

To uphold human dignity, children need to be protected but also supported to develop fully physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually. It implies the creation of learning opportunities for them to participate, for their voices and opinions to be taken into account, to think critically, to empower and encourage them to transform themselves in relation to others and the world, embracing ethical values, learning to live in solidarity with people of different religions and civilizations, and building faith in that which people refer to as God, Ultimate Reality or Divine Presence.

We believe that it is our responsibility to build a peaceful world where every child can grow up safe and sound and pursue happiness.

Arigatou International has great faith in children, who actively help shape our work. Young people are deeply respected, active and side partners in every Arigatou International initiative. We are deeply committed to listen children with empathy, respect and welcome their wisdom, working side by side with them.

Arigatou International recognizes the vital role that and their communities can play in fostering healthy values and supporting positive behaviours in their societies.

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.

Children are individuals in their own right and should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society and be brought up on the spirit of the ideas proclaimed in the Charter of the UN, and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity”