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.
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