Faith in Action for Children

Interfaith Prayer With Children In the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

22 April 2020


As we approach Universal Children's Day on 20 November,  we are reminded that the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will turn 21.  The CRC has been ratified by every country in the world except two: Somalia and the United States of America. While a crucial participant in the decade long drafting process, the United States has still not ratified the document it was so instrumental in shaping.

This week, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is providing a final opportunity for interested US child right activists to sign on to a petition urging the US to join the global consensus and ratify this treat. For more details, click here.

If you sign on by 12 November, your name will be shared when the IRC presents this petition to the Obama Administration later this month.

World Day's Planning Committee members, Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles, Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, Mr. Jagannath Kandel Dr. Linda King and Prof. Anantanand Rambachan participated as panelists in the Round Table "Potentials and Pitfalls in Interfaith Dialogue for and with Children" held on 13 October in Chiba, Japan. Rev. Dr. Hans Ucko shared introductory remarks and Dr. Heidi Hadsell facilitated the panel discussion. The round table was held in conjunction of the 60th Anniversary of Myochikai, a Japanese Buddhist organization and the 20th Anniversary of the Arigatou International. 

An article from the America Magazine

Unicef catches up with Mother Teresa

David Van Biema

Recently, an editorial in the New York Times published the results of a recent study by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), which may have surprised some readers. The study yielded what the newspaper called the "counterintuitive and compelling" conclusion that "providing services to the world's poorest children in the most impoverished communities is not only just, it is also more cost effective than the current policy of mainly helping the less poor in the areas that are easier to reach." The Times expressed the hope that global leaders meeting at the U.N. this week would permit Unicef to target its funds accordingly.