United in our common goal to save the lives of children in need, we pledge
to take action to advance the life-saving behaviors listed below. These priority
behaviors– ten life-saving acts for children—can and should be adopted by
families and communities around the world. Doing so will help save the lives
and reduce the burden of disease for millions of children.
These behaviors are endorsed by UNICEF and other major international aid organizations because they work. Our respective religious doctrines are different, but we are united in the moral conviction that we must save children from needless deaths. Thus, we commit ourselves to ensure that our respective faith communities promote these behaviors sustainably, even as we also support additional needed efforts to strengthen public health systems. We ask all, throughout the world, who have held a child in love, with joy for its life and with tears for its pain, to join us in advancing these life-saving behaviors.
A New Community and Digital Resource Center
Engage your congregation in partnerships with those of other faiths
in combined efforts to address the Ten Promises and to take action
in the fight against global poverty. Here, you will find resources for
a variety of projects and potential for immediate actions as well as a
venue to engage the interfaith community for partnership opportunities
and collaborative projects.
To see how other faith communities have come together in interfaith action to promote health, development, and emergency relief, check the interactive map of our Database of Multireligious Collaborations for Relief and Development. Much of the work of the organizations shown here promotes or aids promotion of the Ten Promises behaviors – draw inspiration for your own projects from their work, or add any current project you may be working on to our database!
If you would like to find out more about some of the most active interfaith and faith-based organizations working to eliminate poverty and promote child survival, check out our list of other global faith-based efforts.
Do you, your faith community, or your non-profit organization have a current project you are working on to advance one or many of the behaviors listed in the Ten Promises to Our Children? Are you part of an interfaith effort for health and development? Let us know about your activities, projects, or ideas in our survey of multireligious collaborations.
Finally, if you haven’t done so already, read a little bit more about each of the Ten Promises, and why it is so vital to promote these specific behaviors to reduce needless child deaths around the world!
If you haven’t done so already, read a little bit more about each of the Ten Promises, and why it is so vital to promote these specific behaviors to reduce needless child deaths around the world!
This year, 6.9 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday. The overwhelming majority of them died of causes that could have been prevented by simple actions. There are ten things we can start doing now to address these causes, and give every child a future..
Despite billions of dollars invested in international aid, the supplies of medication, vaccines, and other aid services often don’t reach the people who need it most. Ten Promises to Our Children outlines a ground-breaking approach to radically change the way we reach these children in need – by engaging all our communities around ten simple behaviors that can make the biggest difference right away.
Ensuring the survival and wellbeing of the world’s children is a goal many different faith traditions share. CIFA and Religions for Peace have created a new resource to unite people and organizations of faith to share in acting to deliver on the Ten Promises to Our Children, a collection of action-oriented goals that help address issues of child survival pragmatically and effectively.
This new movement and digital resource center will enable people of faith to gather and collaborate both online and offline to share tools and ideas that can save children’s lives.
This initiative is for all faith communities, faith leaders, and individuals of faith – and all those who share these values! – who want to bring the benefits of the Ten Promises to Our Children to friends, colleagues, congregations, religious school students, youth, women’s groups, and mission coordinators. If you or your organization wants to cooperate, collaborate and implement a child survival program, we welcome your partnership and will share our knowledge, models and tools for action.