About IDEP

Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide

‘Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide’ is a campaign and call to action by Arigatou International — End Child Poverty.

We run this campaign on an annual basis from September to December, with heightened activity around the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), 17th October

It is based on the premise that all of society can and must be involved in sustainable efforts towards ending child poverty, and that every meaningful action counts. We encourage children’s active and meaningful participation, as well as community engagement.

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What is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP)?

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) is a global event marked every year on 17th October. It is a day for awareness, activism and advocacy actions against poverty.

Arigatou International—End Child Poverty uses this opportunity to organise a global IDEP campaign with the universal message, Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide.

Why Do We Take Part in Observing IDEP?

An estimated 1 billion children live in poverty globally – that is 1 out of every 2 children in the whole world. By taking part in marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) and mobilising others to do the same, we join the global community addressing this important issue. IDEP provides opportunity to rally concerted and intensified effort towards ending child poverty.

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How Do We Take Part in Observing IDEP?

Arigatou International—End Child Poverty takes part in observing IDEP through:

  1. Promoting awareness on child poverty, through online messaging, public forums and other such events.

  2. Promoting advocacy, calling decision makers and policy influencers to task, so that child poverty can be addressed as a priority concern at a community, national and global levels.

  3. Accompanying and supporting grassroots actions towards ending child poverty.

Since 2013, Arigatou International—End Child Poverty has marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) through various ways, most notably:

  1. Mobilising and supporting more than 300 grassroots actions in over 40 countries, through our partners and members of Arigatou International’s Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC). Check out our IDEP Impact map and see if your country is represented. We welcome you to add your IDEP action here.

  2. Organising the Children’s Solutions Lab, which is an innovative space for children to develop and implement actions tackling child poverty in their community. Together with Arigatou International—Ethics Education for Children, we held the first Children’s Solutions Lab in 2020, reaching more than 1,200 children in 23 countries. Visit our website often, and be on the look out for the next season of the Children’s Solutions Lab.

  3. Our annual online End Child Poverty #SnapsforChange Photo Contest, the first of which took place in 2017. Each year, we invite photographers to show us how they are positively impacting their communities, and share this story with many. Visit our IDEP Photo Contest page to get involved.

  4. Promoting awareness about community efforts towards overcoming child poverty, through our #EndChildPoverty online communication campaign

  5. Launch of the End Child Poverty Knowledge Centre in collaboration with the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 17th, 2014

  6. Public Awareness Event and launch of the Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty) Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya, October 17th, 2013

Ways in Which You Can Join Us in the Campaign

We invite you celebrate IDEP and be part of our Campaign. Check out IDEP Ideas Toolkit for ways you can take action, including:

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(1). Take part in promoting awareness

  1. Engage with your local media, including radio, TV, internet and print media, and have conversations about child poverty in your community, and what can be done to solve the challenges faced. Use our Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure you protect children’s dignity and privacy on media channels.

  2. Use your social media to talk about the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), the urgent need to address child poverty, and possible solutions to overcome child poverty.  You can use our IDEP Media Kit for free communication resources.

  3. Empower children from your community to speak about what poverty means to them and how communities can work together to end child poverty and violence against children. Use our Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure you protect children’s dignity and privacy on media channels.

  4. Encourage members of your community or organisation to participate in the End Child Poverty IDEP #SnapsforChange Photo Contest. Visit our IDEP Photo Contest page to get involved.

  5. Connect with us on our End Child Poverty Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, share your stories, give your views and join the #EndChildPovertyChat

  6. Contribute #EndChildPoverty articles, blogs, podcasts and other knowledge resources, which we can help you promote through our Knowledge Centre

(2). Engage in advocacy towards ending child poverty

  1. Listen to children in your community, asking for their opinions and record and send these responses to your local leaders, accompanied by an advocacy message demanding for action to address children’s needs and end child poverty.  We encourage you to use our Arigatou International Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure you keep children safe from violence and abuse in all your activities.

  2. Write an advocacy statement and mobilise members of your community to endorse it, and present this statement to the relevant duty bearers 

  3. Organise a town hall meeting or other such dialogue forum with policy makers, local government leaders and other decision makers, lobbying them to take specific action to tackle child poverty according to what your community needs

  4. Put together a signature petition, addressing an issue of concern related to overcoming child poverty. You can consider creating an online signature petition

  5. Organise a public event such as walk, march, or concert, with the aim of getting as many key people involved in pushing for the message of ending child poverty

  6. Join an advocacy platform that gives voice to your work on ending child poverty and amplifies this to the wider society. This includes local, national, regional or global advocacy alliances, such as the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty
     
  7. Use Arigatou International’s Advocacy Guide for tips and resources on how to advocate for children’s rights and wellbeing, and ending child poverty

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(3). Organise community mobilisation activities

  1. Organise ‘Listening to Children’ sessions with young people from your community, guided by the topic, Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide. Focus on providing a safe and empowering space for children to express their views on child poverty and violence against children, as well as their ideas for community actions to address both. Use the responses given by the children to help you in planning your future End Child Poverty projects, as well as advocacy action. We encourage you to use our Arigatou International Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure you keep children safe from violence and abuse in all your activities.

  2. Involve your faith community by organising a spiritual observance according to your religion or faith tradition, such as prayers, meditation, and faith-based reflection based on your Holy Scriptures, all for the wellbeing of children.  You can also organise an inter-faith event, where you invite people from different faith communities to collaborate and host a joint activity for children. We encourage you to use our Arigatou International Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure you keep children safe from violence and abuse in all your activities.

  3. Teach children and youth the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and empower them to take action towards overcoming child poverty and achieving the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development. Visit our SDGs Academy for Children, for more information.

  4. Organise a cultural or educational event together with young people in your local community. These activities can include writing essays, sports, dance, performing or expressive arts, music, games, drama, watching a film, or any suitable event to raise awareness about child poverty and actions to overcome it. Partner with children or youth organisations such as religious groups, children’s homes, sports clubs, scouts and peace clubs, in order to host this event.

  5. Partner with the school(s) in your community to organise and host an awareness activity around our IDEP campaign message, Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide. Remember to provide space for children to showcase their work in addressing child poverty.

  6. Partner with a local business through their Corporate Social Investment or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes, their foundations, or other such opportunities. Let them know how responding to children’s rights and needs, including overcoming child poverty, is strategically beneficial to their work and to all of society.

(4). Give

Involve children and youth in identifying the needs of children affected by poverty in your community.

  1. Give resources – such as food stuff, clothing, shoes, books, learning material, medical kits – towards helping children affected by poverty and their families. Remember to ask the family or community what they require, before giving.

  2. Give a money donation to a local organization serving children affected by poverty. This could be your local faith community, a children’s home, a refugee host-centre, a school, or other such children’s welfare institution.

  3. Organize a fund-raising event towards ending child poverty in your community. Ensure to follow the necessary legal and ethical procedures.

  4. Engage in any other humanitarian activity that is relevant to ending child poverty in your community.

(5). Volunteer

  1. Volunteer your time, skills and expertise, give your resources, funds and other useful donations for the well-being of children affected by poverty in your community. Volunteer your time to visit or serve children affected by poverty.

  2. You can also be part of our End Child Poverty online volunteers team, “On-the-Go”, by volunteering your skills towards communicating to the world about ending child poverty. Visit our online volunteers page for more information.

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About Us

Arigatou International is a global non-profit organisation, which brings people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds together to build a better world for children.

End Child Poverty mobilises faith communities and faith-inspired resources, to overcome poverty that affects children. We are a global, multi-faith and child-centred initiative of Arigatou International. We aim to create a world free of child poverty, by addressing the root causes of poverty in the human heart and the structural causes of poverty in society. Together with the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Prayer and Action for Children, and Ethics Education for Children, we comprise the 4 global initiatives of Arigatou International.

We believe that together, we can end child poverty worldwide!

Contact Us

For more IDEP Campaign resources and information, we welcome you to contact us:

Arigatou International – Nairobi: End Child Poverty

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