Testimonials

Today's children are the solution to tomorrow's problems. Through education for citizenship these children can take a new innovative approach to life's challenges. But without our respect, care and love they will continue to fall victim to the many ills we currently face – poverty, violence and war. I endorse the Children and Nonviolence Initiative of the Centre for Child Honouring and its SIGN THE PLEA campaign. It is my hope that initiatives such as this one will go some way to creating a world where children know the meaning of human dignity for all.

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Amman, Jordan


With deep enthusiasm, I endorse the Children and Nonviolence Initiative of the Centre for Child Honouring and its SIGN THE PLEA campaign. The children of the world deserve the unequivocal support of people of faith to live a violence-free life. I ask everyone to sign the Plea, and all faith leaders to sign the Proclamation. I invite you to stand with the children of the world.

Very Rev. Dr. Bill Phipps, Moderator, United Church of Canada, 1997-2000


Stephen Lewis observed, after his work with the UN, that 'this  is a world that does not love its children.' Yet no species survives that does not care for its young. It is imperative that  those of us who recognize this suicidal behavior step forward, raise our voices, and work with clarity, love and perseverance to restore hope to the future by attending to the children.

Margaret J. Wheatley, author, Leadership and the New Science, and Perseverance

 

I can think of no greater or more sacred promise to our children than for us to wholeheartedly commit ourselves to creating and maintaining peaceful families, nonviolent societies, and a world free from violence and the fear it engenders. Giving your support to the Centre for Child Honouring's SIGN THE PLEA campaign will bring us ever closer to making this crucial and worthy vision a reality. I am honoured to be part of this transformative movement and encourage all people to do the same.

Peter Levitt, Zen teacher, founding member of A World Without Armies


I certainly endorse the Children and Nonviolence Initiative of the Centre for Child Honouring and its SIGN THE PLEA Campaign. Such a statement is a modest renewed beginning for the children, their families and their communities. I hope countless others will lend their voices in supporting this call.

The Rev. Dr. David Pfrimmerm, Principal Dean and Professor of Christian Ethics, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, Ontario


I am very much delighted to be a part of and endorse the Nonviolence Initiative of the Centre for Child Honouring and its SIGN THE PLEA campaign. We and the Children from Africa fully support this initiative.

Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, SG, ACRL-RfP GNRC Coordinator for Africa


One of the most heartening things in the midst of all the bad news that swamps us is the beacon raised by Raffi for the cause of children.  He did it, and still does it, with his songs. Then came his formation of the Centre for Child Honouring. And now this Plea which worldwide that I’m confident every parent, teacher, and grandparent concerned for our future would heartily support. We should do everything we can for the signatures and numbers that get it across to the leadership in every field.

David Loye, author of Darwin's Lost Theory and Darwin's Real Revolution


What could be more important than a non-violent world for children? It is time we all, including religious leaders, demand an end to all forms of violence against children. But demanding is only a first step.  We need to ensure that children are honoured, that their lives are safe, enriched and full of possibility. I welcome this initiative and stand with those who support and encourage the work of Raffi and the Centre for Child Honouring.

Heather Eaton, Ph.D, Professor, Saint Paul University, Ottawa Canada


I am pleased to sign this important proclamation for the Centre for Child Honouring's Children and Nonviolence Initiative, and look forward to a renewal of energy for the public and world leaders to act in concert for the world's young people.

Rev. Ruth Cairns, Minister, Salt Spring United Church, Canada

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