Right to Children’s Participation
“At Arigatou International, we believe in the active participation of children and that is why we want the Children’s Solutions Lab to be an opportunity not just to work for them but with them”
–Fred Nyabera, Director Arigatou International – End Child Poverty.
At End Child Poverty...
We have always believed child empowerment by listening to them and their meaningful participation in addressing poverty affecting them, as anchored in the Arigatou International core values and further enshrined in the 10 GNRC Panama commitments on ending violence against children. We have accomplished this mainly through our annual ‘Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide’ campaign; through which we have reached to over 65,000 children over the decade.
“I feel like an eagle destined to fly high, but not alone, with fellow children who I will also inspire to purposely eradicate poverty in their hearts and minds”
-Susan, 14 year-old girl, Kenya
Other avenues of meaningful child participation has been through the Poverty Solutions Initiatives and the Children’s Solutions Lab. These poverty solutions involve innovative child and youth – led initiative, that unites communities in finding simple yet effective solutions to alleviate child poverty. The Poverty Solutions have mainly been domiciled in India , Nepal and Bhutan. Cumulatively, they have impacted over 150,000 lives of children over the years.
“We found interacting with children as an acknowledgement to the children’s voices which may pave way for active advocacy and influence on local policies”
–Volunteer children trainer, I Can Malaysia
“In moments like this, it is important to dream and children are dreaming of a better way to deal with poverty affecting them and seeking solutions to challenges affecting their communities. Adults must continue to encourage children because the importance of imagination for children can never be overstated”
–Dr. Katherine Marshall, Executive Director World Faiths Development Dialogue and Arigatou International Advisory Group member.