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Click for summary information on the #Faith-in-Action initiative for briefing stakeholders on the background and objectives of the initiative to promote collaboration and mobilize support.

HISTORY

As of February 2020, all partners of the Faith and Positive Change for Children (FPCC) agreed to repurpose its 2020 plans and priorities to address the COVID-19 Pandemic through the global #Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative.

PURPOSE

While the pandemic has resulted in unimaginable sickness and death, there has been increased vulnerability of children, families and in particular girls. Children are facing a range of challenges to their health and safety: school closures, high levels of emotional distress, higher risks of violence and increased food insecurity. There is also an increase in the number of orphans and in the incidence of other diseases due to the break in vaccination services. Households are also hit by loss of income and resulting strains.

The Initiative reflects the unique and critical roles played by religious leaders and actor, in influencing values, attitudes, behaviors and actions that affect the development and wellbeing of the world’s children.

Through the united #Faith-in-Action initiative, the partnership will be able to respond to the crisis and provide more coordinated and evidence-based support for the protection and well-being of children and their communities.  

OBJECTIVES

The global initiative will promote and support the following 7 main actions:

  1. Manage communication, misinformation and rumours

  2. Dispel fear, stigma, discrimination, reduce tensions and promote social harmony

  3. Promote adaptation of religious gatherings, practices, rituals, handwashing and hygiene

  4. Address specific needs of vulnerable groups

  5. Promote the prevention of violence against children and women

  6. Promote the participation of children and young people and their active engagement in the initiative

  7. Promote and support the recovery of social services, resilience and return to normalcy​​

PROGRESS ACHIEVED 

OFFICIAL GLOBAL LAUNCH

On April 7, 2020 the partnership launched the global #Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative as an attempt to raise awareness of safe religious practices and the impacts on the world's youngest citizens during Easter, Ramadan, Passover, Vaisakhi (Vesak), Ridván, and other religious ceremonies during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please see below the links of the press statements from our partners: 

You can read more about the initiative launch here: