Mission and Vision
Prayer and Action for Children envisions a world in which all children have a joyous childhood, free of violence, where they can play, learn and grow, where they are loved, respected and cared for, where their families are supported to secure children’s health and safety, and where all their human rights are protected and fulfilled.
We recognize that:
If the international community is to achieve the aspirations of the CRC and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030—including SDG target 16.2 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children—it is going to require concerted action. Religious leaders, the State and its institutions, and local religious communities, along with many other stakeholder groups, can and must play a vital role in achieving these internationally agreed goals. (footnote #)
Footnote: Arigatou International (2019). Faith and Children’s Rights: A Multi-religious Study on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. New York, N.Y. p.180.
Prayer and Action for Children collaborates with and encourages individuals, diverse religious leaders and faith communities, international and non-governmental organizations to take action at global, regional and local levels to promote interfaith cooperation and advocacy for the rights of children, to promote policies that benefit children and to influence positive social and behavioral change to end violence against children.
Believing that every child is a precious treasure of humanity, we draw on universal principles of common good and create inclusive spaces for shared action to promote children’s rights and well-being and to help end violence against children. The work of Prayer and Action for Children is guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals—especially the targets related to children—and the Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children and its Ten Commitments.