Why should the Anglican Communion be involved?
Belonging and identity are important concepts for us. We belong to God and have our identity in Christ (Psalm 139.1-4; Ephesians 2.10, 19; etc, etc). We believe that we are known by God and that we matter to God. And we belong to one another (John 13.35; 1 Corinthians 12.12-27; etc, etc). A theology of belonging and identity relates to how we live as individuals in relationship, in community, and to our rights and responsibilities towards one another.
Unregistered children are almost always in poor, marginalised or displaced families or from countries where systems of registration are not in place or functional. Anglicans are committed to human flourishing and to transforming structures in society which thwart human potential and well-being. Our understanding of children in particular is shaped by the example and teaching of Jesus who stood alongside those who have no voice and explicitly supported the welfare of children.
Our churches are present in urban and rural settings - even in informal urban and remote rural settings - and have many opportunities to promote birth registration and enable families to engage with registration processes. We have specific ministries among families, not least baptismal ministry. Anglican dioceses and parishes may run, or have ministries within schools, hospitals and clinics. There are Anglican schools for nurses and training schemes for skilled birth attendants. And so on.