Faith Action at the Global Refugee Forum
Hosting on behalf of the Faith Action for Children on the Move Coalition
We are a group of faith-inspired organisations committed to working together to end violence against children on the move. For more than two years, we have collaborated to end violence against refugee, immigrant and internally displaced children focusing around the role that faith leaders and faith communities can make in strengthening the continuum of care for child protection, spiritual and psychosocial support, peacebuilding and combatting xenophobia, and joining forces to implement the Faith Action for Children on the Move Action Plan.
We believe that by working together we can end violence against children in all its forms.
Learn more about the Children on the Move Coalition.
Faith in action
In 2018 a group of faith-based organisations, communities and children came together to build consensus and develop a high-level action plan around the three main evidence-based themes that illustrate the unique contributions of local faith communities and faith-based organisations. This plan represents the road map for coalition partners to respond and scale up action for children on the move.
Our pledge at the Global Refugee Forum
We commit to working together as inter-faith and non-faith actors in an effort to meet the needs and rights of children on move contributing to protection capacity:
- Enhance capacity of local faith actors in at least 10 contexts to apply standards of child protection and safeguards; including the creation of safe spaces & specific supports for at-risk groups including young and adolescent girls and children with disabilities.
- Develop modules on spiritual (inter-faith) support for caregivers and faith actors:
- Train faith actors on providing faith-sensitive psychosocial support in line with the inter-faith mental health and psychosocial support guidelines developed in conjunction with UNHCR & a fully age, gender, and diversity approach.
- Train aid actors on spiritual support and services available for children on the move.
- Contribute to the continuum of protection by providing support for resettlement & complementary pathways with a specific focus on at-risk groups including unaccompanied minors.
We commit to working together as inter-faith and non-faith actors in an effort to meet the needs and rights of children on the move contributing to burden & responsibility sharing.
- Generate and disseminate evidence about the activities and contributions of local faith actors on refugee and host community needs and rights and on engaging local fatih actors in the implementation of the Global Refugee Compact.
- Support, where possible, safe opportunities for interaction between children & young people from refugee & host communities to combat xenophobia & support solidarity.
Faith representation at the Global Refugee Forum
Our commitment to the 52%: How can we make the Global Compact on Refugee work for every child?
Rev. Andrew Morley, CEO and President at World Vision International will represent the Children on the Move Coalition sharing on the key role of faith actors and faith-based organisations to protect the rights of child refugees. He will also share about the critical need for faith groups to work together for children protecting them across their journey, providing faith-sensitive psychosocial support to build their resilience and promote healing, and opposing xenophobia, racism and discrimination.
NyaEden: Building a heaven for women and girls seeking refuge
Mal Tutdeal, Cofounder and Executive Director of NyaEden Foundation, will share her story and how the work of faith actors along her journey as a refugee child made her the woman she is today, committed to her work with immigrant and refugee communities, and promoting inter-religious dialogue. Mal will also highlight the good practices reflected in the Faith for Children on the Move Coalition Action Plan including the value add that faith actors bring to children refugees in an emergency context in spiritual support, the continuum of protection across borders, and the building of peaceful societies through inter-religious dialogue, inclusion and welcoming.
Children: The hope of humanity
Drop by our Marketplace of Good Practices booth to learn more about interfaith engagement for children on the move, the unique role of local faith actors and communities, and more about Faith Action for Children on the Move Action Plan
Good Practices provides an opportunity for stakeholders to exchange and showcase good practices and experiences in humanitarian response. Below are some accepted that feature the work of faith actors:
- Scalabrini: Modelo de Inserción Social en México & Centro de Formación para el Migrante en México
- The Salvation Army: Análisis del perfil del refugiado en México & Profesionalización de los servicios de atención al refugiado en México
- World Vision International: Interfaith engagement in the Central African Republic
All our partner organisations will be sharing what we're learning throughout the week. Feel free to follow along or join in the discussion.
We'd love to know how faith actors are working to end violence against children on the move in your contexts!
Why is faith important in humanitarian response?
In a humanitarian crisis, faith actors are often the first responders for children. We are working with faith leaders to enhance the capacity of faith actors to apply child protection standards to increase protections for the world’s most vulnerable children.
Faith sensitive mental health and psychosocial support is vital in supporting the needs of children on the move. We are working to develop interfaith training models for local faith and aid workers to better understand all the aspects displaced children’s experiences, including the critical role that faith plays in daily lives and healing.
Xenophobia towards refugees is increasing and discriminatory practices against religious minorities in refugee movements around the globe are reported. We are committed to actively oppose xenophobia, racism and discrimination. We must do better at supporting healthy interactions between refugee and host communities by promoting faith-inclusive conflict resolution strategies, acceptance of differences and Do No Harm concepts. We are committed to working to support these interactions around the world taking into account the embeddedness of faith in social, cultural, political and economic dynamics.
Children on the Move Coalition partner resources
The Salvation Army
Resource on community sponsorship of refugees.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army official international position statement.
Islamic Relief Worldwide & Lutheran World Federation
Guidance on mental health and psychosocial programming.
Islamic Relief Worldwide
A collection of resources on refugees and displaced people.
Joint Learning Initiative & UNHCR
Lebanon case study looking at good practices of local faith community-led responses to refugees.
Joint Learning Initiative & Religions for Peace
A guide to action for religious leaders and faith communities to respond to refugees and migrants...
Joint Learning Initiative
Policy brief looking at the significant opportunities presented working with faith actors in the implementation.
World Vision International
Reflection on how people of faith can be a source of welcome, solution and promise for those in need.
World Vision International
World Vision’s approach to linking humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding efforts for the well-being of children...
Collection of action guides and prayer resources available in Spanish, Portuguese and English encouraging churches to be places of welcome...
Handbook, activity materials, sample handouts for the integration of migrants and refugees in European communities through dialogue.
Best practices for the integration of migrants and refugees in European communities through dialogue.
A guide for dialogue ambassadors instilling an attitude of peace and of respect in young people.
Supports peacebuilders teaching them skills in dialogue, teamwork, speaking, and social-emotional learning.
Los video Scalabrinianas trabajo con los refugiados y los migrantes en Centroamérica.
Faith Over Fear
A movement of people whose faith has called us to open our hearts and our communities to refugees.
World Council of Churches, Joint Learning Initiative & UNICEF
Joint webinar and resources.
Faith organisations working together
We group of faith-inspired organisations committed to working together to end violence against children on the move. Our steering group includes ACT Alliance, ADRA International, Alliance for the Protection of Children, Anglican Alliance, Arigatou International, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, KAICAIID, Mennonite World Conference, Micah Global, The Salvation Army, Religions for Peace, Seventh-Day Adventists, World Council of Churches, World Evangelical Alliance, and World Vision International.