The increase in the levels of stress within families facing multiple crises at once — health, employment, finances, parenting, education — also left children more vulnerable than ever to domestic violence and neglect, and has exposed many children to even more unhealthy levels of screen-time than before. As Rev. Miyamoto said, “We must keep in mind that children are very vulnerable to the impact of the pandemic, and we need to listen to their voices and stand by them.”
To help protect and empower children in this unprecedented crisis, Arigatou International launched a global campaign titled “Faith in Action for Children.” The campaign calls on religious leaders and communities to increase their actions in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, and provides multiple opportunities and rich resources for educators, parents and caregivers, and children and youth to support their well-being during and after the pandemic. The campaign — which offers not only these free online resources but also a series of webinars, online interfaith prayers, and more — builds on the important role that faith plays in emergencies to strengthen resilience, and highlights the crucial contributions of religious leaders to positively influence their communities.