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The work of the GNRC is facilitated through the efforts of many GNRC Coordinators and Contact Persons, each of whom has stepped forward to offer his or her experience with children’s issues, passion for the well-being of children and coordination skills to assist GNRC members in developing interfaith cooperation projects, working for and with children and young people.

The GNRC Coordinators and Contact Persons, some of whom represent organizations and others of whom are simply concerned individuals, take the initiative to organize and promote GNRC activities, and, with the support of Arigatou International, strive to develop the GNRC at all levels—local, national, regional, sub-regional and global. They work in consultation with other GNRC members in their areas to set the course for programs and projects, and they coordinate related tasks, including drawing up and implementing annual activity plans. In doing so, they strive to create opportunities for collaboration among GNRC members and their partners, and also engage in advocacy in various global forums related to the concerns of the GNRC. 

GNRC Country Coordinators

GNRC members who wish to coordinate, facilitate and promote the work of all the GNRC members in a given country are invited to step forward, with the support of other members in their nation, to serve as volunteer “GNRC Country Coordinators.”

Country Coordinators are endorsed or appointed by the GNRC Secretariat in a process of consultation with other GNRC members in each country.

GNRC Coordinators and contact persons in africa.
Sandrine Nkurunziza.

Ms. Sandrine Nkurunziza

Contact Person, GNRC Burundi APDEJ Turashoboye

Mr. Alexander Gwanvalla

Contact Person, GNRC Cameroon. Community Green Engagement Cameroon

Mr. Akim Said M’changama.

Mr. Akim Said M’changama

Coordinator, GNRC Comoros. Director, Conseil de la Paix

Mr. Jonas Habimana.

Mr. Jonas Habimana

Contact Person, GNRC DR Congo Bureau d’Informations, Formations,’’BIFERD’’

Ms. Yvette Munyerenkana, Contact Person, GNRC DR Congo.

Ms. Yvette Munyerenkana

Contact Person, GNRC DR Congo

Mr. Eyob Yishak

Contact Person, GNRC Ethiopia Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus

Mr. Emmanuel Ametepey

Contact Person, GNRC Ghana Youth Advocates, Ghana

Sh. Ramadhan Aula.

Sh. Ramadhan Aula

Coordinator, GNRC Kenya Director, Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR)

Mr. Belall Maudarbux

Contact Person, GNRC Mauritius

Mr. Muhammad Yassine

Contact Person, GNRC Mozambique

Ms. Natasha Kanguatjivi.

Ms. Natasha Kanguatjivi

Contact Person, GNRC Namibia

Sr. Agatha Chikelue.

Sr. Agatha Chikelue

Contact Person, GNRC Nigeria

Ayoub Nsanzintwali.

Ayoub Nsanzintwali

Contact Person, GNRC Rwanda Umbrella for Vulnerable

Mr. Ba Abdoul Aziz.

Mr. Ba Abdoul Aziz

Contact Person, GNRC Senegal. Movement for Peace and Harmony, Senegal

Ptr. Peter Alfred.

Ptr. Peter Alfred

Coordinator, GNRC Sierra Leone Christian Outreach Justice Mission Sierra Leone

Mr. Abdiweli Waberi.

Mr. Abdiweli Waberi

Contact Person, GNRC Somalia. African Youth and Child network for Human Rights

Ms. Saydoon Nisa Sayed

Coordinator, GNRC South Africa

Bishop Martin Mogga Ifoga.

Bishop Martin Mogga Ifoga

Contact Person, GNRC South Sudan, Hands of Grace

Ms. Joyce Mdachi.

Ms. Joyce Mdachi

Coordinator, GNRC Tanzania

Geoffrey Omony.

Geoffrey Omony

Coordinator, GNRC Uganda Youth Leaders for Restoration and Development

GNRC Coordinators and Contact persons in LAC.
Ana de Medio.

Ana de Medio

Coordinator, GNRC Argentina Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI)

Rabbi Pablo Berman.

Rabbi Pablo Berman

Coordinator, GNRC Brasil Comunidade Judaica do Paraná

María José Ananías.

María José Ananías

Coordinator, GNRC Chile Asociación Chilena de Diálogo Interreligioso

Luis Alberto Rubiano.

Luis Alberto Rubiano

Contact Person, GNRC Colombia Iglesia Luterana

Alicia Sevila.

Alicia Sevila

Coordinator, GNRC Cuba Fraternidad de Iglesias Bautistas de Matanzas

Cándido Heredia.

Cándido Heredia

Coordinator, GNRC Dominican Republic Muchachos y Muchachas con Don Bosco

Mr. Marco Laguatasi

Coordinator, GNRC Ecuador

Larry Madrigal.

Larry Madrigal

Coordinator, GNRC El Salvador

Lorena Coy.

Lorena Coy

Contact Person, GNRC Mauritius

Sr. Diana Garcia

Contact Person, GNRC Mozambique

Azucena Lopez

Contact Person, GNRC Namibia

Isis Navaro.

Isis Navaro

Contact Person, GNRC Nigeria

Esperanza Principiom

Contact Person, GNRC Rwanda Umbrella for Vulnerable

John Hamilton

Coordinator, GNRC Uruguay 

Ms. Ismeta Begic

Coordinator, GNRC Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Director, ”UZ” Mozaik

Ms. Ana Žnidarec Čučković.

Ms. Ana Žnidarec Čučković

Contact Person, GNRC Croatia Nansen Dialogue Centre

Ms. Natalia Seriakova.

Ms. Natalia Seriakova

Contact Person, GNRC Germany Founder and Director, JuBuK

Mr. Dragi Zmijanac.

Mr. Dragi Zmijanac

Coordinator, GNRC Macedonia, and Director, First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi

Ms. Angela Chicu.

Ms. Angela Chicu

Coordinator, GNRC Moldova. Association of Professional Women from Moldova

Ms. Sabra Decević.

Ms. Sabra Decević

Contact Person, GNRC Montenegro Djeca Crne Gore-Children of Montenegro

Ms. Laura Molnar.

Ms. Laura Molnar

Coordinator, GNRC Romania Education For Change

Mr. Srdjan Vlaskalic.

Mr. Srdjan Vlaskalic

Coordinator, GNRC Serbia Sombor Educational Center

Ms. Sonia de la Puente

Contact Person, GNRC Spain

GNRC Coordinators and Contact persons in MENA.

Dr. Reham Abdullah

Contact Person, GNRC Egypt Al Azhar University Observatory

Ms. Evi Guggenheim Shbeta

Coordinator, GNRC Israel Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam

Mr. Khaled Batarseh.

Mr. Khaled Batarseh

Coordinator, GNRC Jordan. Arab Woman and Child for Training and Development

Mr. Jameel Hassan Faraj, Contact Person, GNRC Iraq. Human Healing Organization.

Mr. Jameel Hassan Faraj

Contact Person, GNRC Iraq. Human Healing Organization

Fr. Abdo Raad.

Fr. Abdo Raad

Coordinator, GNRC Lebanon Annas Linnas

Mr. Rojer Salameh.

Mr. Rojer Salameh

Coordinator, GNRC Palestine Arab Educational Institute

Ms. Marian Iskander.

Ms. Marian Iskander

Contact Person, GNRC–Sudan St. George International School, Sudan

Mr. Tariq Al Amri

Coordinator, GNRC Yemen Charter for Compassion Yemen

GNRC Coordinators and Contact persons in North America.
Dr. Fozia Alvi.

Dr. Fozia Alvi

Contact Person, GNRC Canada President, Humanity Auxilium

Rabbi Diana Gerson

Coordinator, GNRC USA Associate Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR)

Sage Williams

Contact Person, GNRC USA Project Manager, Religious and Spiritual Advisory Panel, All The Children

GNRC Coordinators and Contact persons in Asia.

Mr. Phurba Sonam Waiba

Coordinator, GNRC Bhutan Young Writer’s Society

Mr. Gopal Vijayaragavan.

Mr. Gopal Vijayaragavan

Coordinator, GNRC India Shanti Ashram

Ms. Nerlian Gogali

Coordinator, GNRC Indonesia Mosintuwu Institute

Dr. Shazmin Rafeeq.

Dr. Shazmin Rafeeq

Coordinator, GNRC Malaysia I CAN Malaysia

Ms. Fathimath Afiya.

Ms. Fathimath Afiya

Contact Person, GNRC Maldives. Maldivian Network for Empowering Women

Dr. Chintamani Yogi.

Dr. Chintamani Yogi

Coordinator, GNRC Nepal Peace Service Centre

Mr. Iftikhar Mubarik

Contact Person, GNRC Pakistan Director, Children’s Advocacy Network

Mr. David Paul

Contact Person, GNRC Pakistan St. Mary’s Public School

Bai Rohaniza Sumundad-Usman.

Bai Rohaniza Sumundad-Usman

Contact Person, GNRC Philippines Teach Peace Build Peace Movement

Ms. Lakshman Sashikala

Coordinator, GNRC Sri Lanka Sarvodaya Movement

Country Coordinators are expected to fulfill the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all GNRC activities within their respective countries;
  • Design relevant programs, send regular programs proposals, advise on the level of programs priority, facilitate programs implementation, ensure compliance to GNRC rules and regulations, report achievements;
  • Publicize GNRC programs in local media, update GNRC activities on the GNRC website and make regular posts on the GNRC’s social media platforms;
  • Recruit new members, forge working partnership with other NGOs or CSOs, promote GNRC youth participation in GNRC activities and programs;
  • Submit an annual budget proposal for their respective countries to the GNRC Secretariat;
  • Communicate and update the GNRC Secretariat regularly.

Special appreciation is also due to the former GNRC Coordinators, who played very important roles in the development of regional initiatives for the GNRC, and remain actively involved as GNRC members:

  • Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali – Africa, and Former Secretary General, African Council of Religious Leaders and Religions for Peace Representative for Africa
  • Dr. V.S. Ariyaratne – South Asia, Executive Director, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka
  • Ms. Evi Guggenheim-Shbeta – Israel, Psychotherapist, Clinical social worker and Conflict Moderator
  • Ms. Marta Palma – Europe, Former Advisor on Children’s Issues to the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
  • Ms. Mercedes Roman – Latin America and the Caribbean, Former Associate/Representative for UN Issues, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  • Rev. Archimandrite Prof. Dr. Qais Sadiq – Arab States, President, Ecumenical Studies Center, Jordan
  • Ms. Dorit Shippin – Israel, Former Coordinator of “Doumia~Sakinah,” the Pluralistic Spiritual Center of Neve Shalom~Wahat Al Salam
  • Ms. Razia Sultan Ismail – Central Asia and the Caucasus, International Convenor and Charter Member of the Women’s Coalition for Peace and Development and Former President of the World Young Women’s Christian Association
  • Sr. Jean Pruitt – East and Southern Africa, M.M., Founder, Dogodogo Street Children’s Trust, Tanzania
  • Mr. Fady Yarak – Arab States, Former Executive Director, Rene Moawad Foundation, Lebanon

Interested in becoming a GNRC Coordinator or Contact Person?

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