The President of Arigatou International, Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, once stated that extreme poverty is the most extensive form of violence in the world; and it claims an enormous number of lives worldwide and leaves the survivors with unbearable and endemic suffering. Estimates of 1 billion children across the world live in poverty today; that is one out of every two children. It was because of such severe situations that the Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty), a global initiative of Arigatou International, decided to develop an Interfaith Guide to equip duty bearers with knowledge, skills and attitudes to help End Child Poverty.
The primary aim of the Resource Guide is to mobilize Faith-inspired resources to end child poverty. The Guide also explores the potentials and resources which faith communities and organizations can use to end poverty. These include: their spiritualvalues, social capital and moral assets. By working together in partnership with like-minded organizations, Arigatou International believes in mobilizing resources to reduce poverty at grassroots and global level.
The Interfaith Guide to End Child Poverty was officially launched on the second day of the GNRC 5th Forum (10th May 2017), by Rev. Keishi Miyamoto and Rev. Fred Nyabera, Director, End Child Poverty, Arigatou International. The End Child Poverty initiative, a sister initiative of Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), is a multi-faith, child-centered global initiative that mobilizes faith-inspired resources to end child poverty. End Child Poverty believes in a world where every child lives free of poverty. The initiative aims to achieve this by addressing the root causes of poverty in the human heart and by challenging the structural root causes of poverty.
Arigatou International anticipates that the Resource Guide will motivate and equip global actors towards ending child poverty.