Faith Communities key to ending child poverty in Bosnia and Herzegovinia

In commemorating the International Day for Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), Arigatou International – End Child Poverty in collaboration with UŽ Mozaik, a member of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Bosnia and Herzegovinia conducted workshops between 17 and 29 October 2018.

The workshops were mainly attended by children and religious leaders under the theme; Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide. Through the workshop, children got a platform to be heard as well as take part in suggesting solutions towards ending child poverty. The workshop later ended with a visit to the poor communities in Visoko on 18th October 2018.

UŽ Mozaik further organized a round table discussion with key stakeholders, focusing on the global theme of this year’s IDEP; Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. The round table discussion involved representatives from different religions as well as the GNRC Coordinator, Bosnia and Herzegovinia. Discussions held enabled the community to come together, share and present their perception of poverty, according to their faith. The discussion instilled a sense of moral responsibility, understanding and compassion, with potential to drive individual and group charitable efforts to alleviate the physical, psychological, and spiritual suffering which flow from poverty and racial disparities. Through interfaith engagement, UŽ Mozaik hopes to transform the broader social and economic context that traps many individuals into poverty from when they are children.

Arigatou International – End Child Poverty welcomes such efforts and collaborations from UŽ Mozaik to Ending Child Poverty. Through UŽ Mozaik, it is without doubt that children’s wellbeing occupies a central place in all faith communities. Religious groups extend considerable resources and capital to promote the wellbeing of children, the young and poor.

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