Arigatou International is inviting applications for the Wear My Shoes Campaign to mobilize children and adults to respond to the post pandemic impact on their dignity and well-being.
This year, the campaign focuses on children’s dignity including children on the move. As the world continues to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the on-going conflict, climate, and poverty crises, driving factors of forced displacement remain affecting children’s dignity and posing risks to their physical, social, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual development, and safety.
With growing global instability and extreme challenges faced by host communities, there is an increased opportunity for faith actors to build social cohesion, promote peace, and address xenophobia through the spiritual support for children, and their unique role in the realm of faith-sensitive psychosocial support.
Five winners will be selected for outstanding practices or projects implemented at the grassroots level and each will receive USD $5,000.
- The organization must be legally registered in the country of operation or affiliated with another legally registered organization.
- Entries must be about grassroots practices or projects implemented in 2021-2022 by local faith-based or faith-inspired organizations/networks and/or religious communities.
- The practice or project may be led by adults or by children or co-led by adults and children.
- The practice or project must support children’s rights and well-being through initiatives that:
- promote children’s dignity including those on the move.
- promote the rights and well-being of children on the move.
- Advocate for protection of the rights of children on the move.
- Submissions must include supporting documents such as reports, video, photographs, data, assessments and/or evaluations, information materials, and tools about the results on children, families, school, and/or communities. Note that video and/or photographic materials are required.
- Effective and ethical participation of children – the practice or project ensures that the engagement of the children is within safeguarding practices highlighted in the Arigatou International Child Safeguarding Policy.
- The practice or project should be promising and aim to strengthen opportunities at the level of scope, quality, or outcomes.
- The practices or projects should be implemented with cultural and religious sensitivity. If the local context is not diverse, it may include interfaith or inter-denominational implementers and beneficiaries.
- The selection committee will comprise members of the World Day Organizing Committee.
- The shortlisted practices and projects will be identified by mid-October
- The five Award Winners will be notified by beginning of November.
- The Awards ceremony will be held during the hybrid World Day global event on November 18th, 2022.
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