Joyce Owiyo

Teacher beyond borders

A career choice conversation with most teachers in Kenya ends up with them, regrettably saying they only became teachers after missing out on their desired careers. But that is not the case for Fahima Ali. Hers is a case of passion and desire to create the change she wants to see in society- passion and …

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Preventing Violent Extremism and Promoting Human Rights – the UN approach

In response to the global threat of violent extremism, the United Nations (UN) has adopted a comprehensive approach that involves aligning ongoing interventions with the goals of preventing violent extremism (PVE) while aspiring to use human rights-based approaches as opposed to the conventional hard-security counterterrorism responses. Unfortunately, there has been inadequate research on how the …

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Violence against children in Tanzania – Does it affect child education?

Despite Tanzania’s efforts to end child violence, awareness on the prevention and strategies are generally inadequate. Violence against children has revealed the profound impact on core aspects of emotional, behavioral, and physical health as well as social development throughout life and mostly in education settings where child skills are developed. Nearly 3 in 10 girls …

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The Three Reasons Why I am Involved in Creating a Better World for Children

First, is the conviction derived from my FAITH There is a strong consensus across our religious traditions about the inherent dignity of every person, including children. According to my faith tradition – Christianity, all human beings, children included…enjoy special status and dignity in creation. The basis of this claim is in the bible, in the …

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Uncounted poor children in poverty measurement and monitoring: Who are they?

  While these household surveys are a massive leap forward in terms of providing reliable monetary and multidimensional poverty estimates, they may underestimate the magnitude of child poverty. However, certain groups of children, often the poorest or those vulnerable to poverty and deprivation, may in fact be missed out by such surveys –or their poverty …

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Season’s Greetings

  Arigatou International – End Child Poverty wishes you a joyous holiday season filled with peace. We wish to convey our appreciation and gratitude to all of you for the support you accorded to us within the year. Thank you for standing with us as we build a better world for children. May this holiday …

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Launch of the Global Study “Faith and Children’s Rights: A Multi-religious Study on the Convention on the Rights of the Child”

Arigatou International, in close collaboration with UNICEF, the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and with the support of partners, the International Dialogue Center (KAICIID) and World Vision International, has launched the first ever global study on Faith and Children’s Rights to …

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Action! Seminar 2019

Arigatou International — Nairobi together in partnership with the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and Changemaker-Oslo, will host the African Children and Youth Network for Human Rights / Réseau des Enfants et Jeunes Africains pour les Droits Humains (REJADH), Action! Seminar from 14th – 18th November 2019, in Machakos County, Kenya. 

Why is it important to focus and report on Child Poverty?

Addressing the challenges faced by children in poverty begins with accurate and consistent measurement of monetary child poverty. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 1.2.1 specifies the reporting of the proportion of the population living below the national poverty line, and this should be disaggregated by children. The SDG target is for countries to halve …

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a comprehensive, internationally bonding treaty on the rights of children; adopted on 20th November 1989 by the United Nations General Assembly. This year (2019) marks the 30th anniversary since adoption of the CRC.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2019

What is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP)? The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) is a global day of awareness, advocacy and action against poverty, marked every year on 17 October. This year, IDEP takes the theme: Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families and Communities to End Poverty. …

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5 Good Reasons to Celebrate IDEP

International Days, established by the United Nations or other relevant bodies presents us with a perfect opportunity to engage intensified efforts towards eradication of child poverty. Such efforts go a long way in fulfilling our role in interfaith advocacy and lobbying.

Poverty – From a Child’s Perspective

Poverty may have varied definitions and perspectives for different groups of people. Several children across the globe were asked to respond to the question: “What does it mean to be poor?” The following is a cross-section of their responses:

Peace in Every Language

In every language, in every country, there is a word or phrase meaning ’Peace’ Paz. Ukuthula. Shalom. Paix. Amani. Heiwa. Salām. Śānti. Salaamata. Pace. Amahoro. Friede. Hépíng

Youth Education and The Sustainable Development

Creating awareness amongst today’s youngsters on the issue of sustainable development is not just a matter of teaching, it is about inspiring action.Education is central to development. It is the primary vehicle by which economically and socially marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty, better understand and improve their health, create sustainable …

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Leadership for Change – 4th Regional Youth Forum on Peacebuilding

Arigatou International – Nairobi will be hosting the 4th Regional Youth Forum (Youth In Action) on Peace Building from 19th – 23rd August, in Aberdare (Nyeri), Kenya. The forum will bring together some 34 leaders (20 – 34 years); from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania; representing over 10 organizations.

Youth, Peace and Security

“Who is a youth?” is probably the question on your mind at the moment. The United Nations, defines ‘Youth’, as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years, without prejudice to other definitions by Member States.

A Unified Call to Protect and Uphold Children’s Rights

Youth leaders within the YouthInAction network together with those from the African Children and Youth Network for Human Rights/Réseau des Enfants et Jeunes Africains pour les Droits Humains (REJADH) have called for the need to promote and uphold children’s rights in commemoration this year’s Day of the African Child. Both the youths networks are part …

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Building Resilience in Children

Violence against children remains rife in our communities. From domestic violence, to violence in schools, violence in places of worship and even violence among children themselves often affect children’s emotions and mental growth. Worse even, such acts of violence push children to live in poverty.

Temporary Education Centre a ray of hope for Children in Methotamulla, Sri Lanka

When we arrived in the informal settlement of Methotamulla in Sri Lanka, we found Fathima Silmiya, a 16 year old girl preparing for her grade 11 exams. But Silmiya knows too well the uncertainty that lies ahead of her. “When it rains, our home gets flooded, my books are damaged and the environment stinks. This …

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Arigatou International – Nairobi organises the Southeast Asia Regional meeting

Arigatou International – Nairobi (End Child Poverty and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in partnership with Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement will have a Southeast Regional meeting from 7 – 10 December 2018 in Sri Lanka. This meeting brings together between 15 – 20 GNRC members and partners from South East Asian countries with …

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Arigatou International Commit to Securing Online Child Dignity

Arigatou International led by the President of Arigatou International, Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, joined other global leaders across the world in advocating for a world free of online child violence during the Interfaith Alliance Forum for Safer Communities forum that took place from 19th – 20th November 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E). The forum was …

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In Commemoration of Day of Prayer and Action for Children, Children in Nairobi plant fruit trees

Recently, the World commemorated the Day of Children. The same day (20 November) marks the Day of Prayer and Action (DPAC) for children, a day when faith communities come together to pray and take action for the wellbeing of children. Being true to this, Arigatou International – Nairobi would come together with about 56 children …

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Exploring the Nexus Between Gender Based Violence and Child Poverty

Numerous advances have been made worldwide in a bid to improve gender equality and to address issues related to Gender Based Violence. In many countries in the world, however, Gender Based Violence continues to thrive either because of conflict or cultural systems that empower one gender at the detriment of the other. Despite the advances …

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Children in Argentina advocate for their rights in commemoration of IDEP

Children in Argentina advocate for their rights in commemoration of IDEP

According to recent data from the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA, 2018), in Argentina, child poverty increased to 62.5%; there are 8 million children deprived of basic human rights, 7 out of 10 children and adolescents are poor and 3 out of 10 live in a situation of extreme poverty. Moreover, child labor affects one …

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The Media – A Crucial Tool to Ending Child Poverty

Aware of the crucial role of the media in promoting strategies towards poverty eradication, Search For Justice; a member of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Pakistan organized a media briefing in commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2018.

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Pre – School teachers Training on Early Childhood Development. In Sri Lanka

Aimed at providing a platform to ‘Listen to Children,’ Arigatou International – End Child Poverty Knowledge Centre in collaboration with the Sarvodaya movement in Sri – Lanka provided a platform for creative performances by children related to the challenges they face in their community such as child labour and corporal punishment. The performances included dancing, …

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Showing Love to Children Improves Their Self-Confidence

Commemorating the International Day for Eradication of Poverty would not have been attained in Kenya without ‘spreading love’ at a children’s home. Arigatou International – Nairobi in partnership with Centre of Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR), a member of GNRC, visited the Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Center in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya. Welcomed by Ms. …

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Ending Child Poverty: Enabling and Listening to the Voices of Children

“Every child has the right to a life free of poverty.” Today, as the world commemorates the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) under the theme “Coming Together With Those Furthest Behind To Build An Inclusive World Of Universal Respect For Human Rights And Dignity,” it is imperative to remember that, despite the …

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – IDEP #EndChildPoverty Campaign

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY (IDEP) – 17 OCTOBER  The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) is a global awareness event celebrated every year on 17 October. It is an opportunity for reflection, advocacy and action to end child poverty and all other forms of poverty. This 2018 IDEP theme is: …

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Growth plus some: Indonesia Getting Results for Targeted Investing in Children

Special social support needed to support vulnerable children even during rapid economic growth. Well targeted and resourced social programmes are needed and effective for achieving Early Childhood Development (ECD) targets even in an environment of sustained economic growth. This was the key message from Hon. Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Minister for Social Affairs, Republic of Indonesia, …

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Faith Actors Challenged to Spearhead Advocacy for Greater Investment in Early Childhood Development

Faith Inspired actors have a historic opportunity to spearhead scaling up investing in early childhood development through the agency of human capital development. Speaking at the “Results for Children: Faith Actors High Level Advocacy Forum on Investing in Early Childhood Development,” Ms. Edith Jibounoh, Manager for Global Stakeholder Engagement at the World Bank, urged faith …

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Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty Takes Off

The commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 2013 offered an awesome platform for the formal launch of Arigatou International’s Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty), in an event held in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous Next Speaking at the event, the chief guest, UNICEF Country Representative, Mr. Marcel Rudasigwa, noted that poverty deprived children …

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Youth, Media and Violent Extremism

Social media is the new arena of violent extremism with their strengths being Facebook, Twitter and YouTube stated Mr. Abdulswamad Alawi. He added that terrorist organizations use social media platforms to recruit, train and communicate with their followers, supporters, donors and potential recruits.

Why Mentor the Youth?

Most of us have come across or heard of the phrase: “The youth are the leaders of tomorrow,” But how are the future leaders developed? This is the question that we should ponder over and look at the current dynamics on approach to good leadership.

Arigatou International — Nairobi at the 3rd IGAD High Level Retreat on Mediation

The Director, Arigatou International — End Child Poverty, Fred Nyabera, Arigatou International’s Advisory Group member, Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome, and four other religious leaders from the Regional Peace Programme (RPP) participated at the 3rd Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) High Level Retreat on Mediation. This meeting was hosted by IGAD, in partnership with ACCORD, from 12-14 …

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Can Interfaith Communication Prevent Violent Extremism?

Can effective interfaith communication help prevent and counter violent extremism? Definitely yes. Effective communication paves the pathway for people from different faiths to know each other better. It allows the fostering of mutual understanding and thereby leaves little room for the misuse of religion to fuel violent extremism.

Is Radicalisation Good or Bad?

Understanding the narratives and counter narratives to violent extremism dominated the better part of the discussions during the 2018 Youth In Action, the 3rd Regional Youth Forum on Peacebuilding held from 3rd to 8th September 2018 in Machakos County, Kenya.

The Context of Violent Extremism in the East and Horn of Africa Region

We are all here because we want a peaceful continent stated Shk. Ibrahim Lethome, the Secretary General of the Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR). And it is important to appreciate the African continent by trying to change the negative rhetoric regarding the continent. He identified poverty, corruption, culture of violence as some of the …

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Narratives and Counter Narratives from a Christian Perspective

Radicalization is a process that pushes individuals to engage in violent extremism stated Ms. Nyambura. Having a critical mind is not wrong, Galileo for example was criticized by his contemporaries for his ideas especially on the rotation of the earth. Galileo was correct but he was condemned for it. Radicalization then depends on the period …

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Narratives and Counter Narratives from a Muslim Perspective

The session reflected on the concepts of narrative and counter – narratives: What they are, examples of al Shabab narratives, and examples of counter-narratives. Shk. Ramadhan began by defining radicalization as a process through which an individual or group of individuals are transformed by an ideology or belief system shifting mind-sets away from the mainstream. …

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Regional Youth Peace Ambassadors Pay a Visit to the United Nations Office in Nairobi

Arigatou International – Nairobi organized a special tour to the United Nations Office, Nairobi on the 7th of September 2018. The tour was an opportunity for the RPP Youth forum participants to get to see and understand the role of young people as key agents of social change, economic growth and technological innovation. Moreover, participants …

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Nexus between Violent Extremism and the Media

  Violent extremist groups increasingly use both traditional and modern media to spread their narratives and recruit new followers. The media offer unique opportunities to counter violent extremism among youth by providing them with a platform to express their identities, concerns and frustrations and to be heard within the society. Initiatives such as the creation …

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Promoting Peace through Sports

Focused on promoting peaceful coexistence among different religious backgrounds, youth from the GNRC Ethiopia organised a football match on 7th July 2018, at Entoto Secondary School, Addis Ababa. The sport activity, which comprised of youth from different religious backgrounds, mainly Christian and Muslim, aimed at fostering interfaith dialogue to counter radicalisation towards violence, and enhance …

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