As we come to the end of 2021, we reflect on what has been a challenging year in which the world remained deeply impacted by COVID-19. Many are entering the holiday season gripped by stress and anxiety as a result of the pandemic. We take a moment to remember those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, and those who have lost their livelihoods.
On a positive note, we mark an important milestone in the history of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC). This year, the GNRC Secretariat conducted an extensive assessment of the global Network, which you may be pleased to note now has organizational presence in 61 countries.
The goal of the assessment process was to solicit members’ views on how best to reinvigorate and strengthen the GNRC as it enters its third decade. A total of 100 adults participated in in-depth interviews, 81 children and three Arigatou International directors took part in focus group discussions, 68 adults and 86 children filled out online surveys, while eight others answered prepared questionnaires. Their comments, insights and recommendations will be instrumental in shaping and guiding the GNRC’s work over the coming years. In this regard, I am pleased to share that we are well on course to implementing the recommendations provided during the assessment.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family happy holidays, and a very blessed and fruitful new year.
May the New Year bring more opportunities for us to collaborate in building a better world for children.
Yours in service,
Mustafa Y. Ali (PhD)
Director, Arigatou International Nairobi, and
Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC)