Through living together and providing altruistic service in a community,
participants demonstrate that it is possible for ...
Planting trees and helping at an
orphanage in Tirana
ALBANIA
Renovating buildings in PilistvereESTONIA
Renovating buildings in ZugdidiGEORGIA
Making improvements at an
elementary school in Portland Parish
JAMAICA
Helping at a geriatric center in
Ialoveni
MOLDOVA
Helping at an orphanage in Kavre;
repairing a water system in Chitlang
NEPAL
Providing sanitation for Hindu slum
dwellers in Multan
PAKISTAN
Cleaning the House of Writers in
St. Petersburg
RUSSIA
Putting up tents and bringing supplies
after the flooding in Krymsk
RUSSIA
Laying foundations for a
community center in the Puttlam
District
SRI LANKA
Cleaning and organizing activities
at a school in Ciceron
ST. LUCIA
Helping with rural development in
Baan Dadthongchareon
THAILAND
For details about these Religious Youth Service
projects,
click here.
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Religious Youth Service projects organized in 2012 by the Universal Peace Federation. Participants provide service to a community, visit religious and historic sites, learn communication and team-building skills, and take turns leading morning devotions.

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  • Youth from throughout Albania and other parts of Europe assembled in Tirana for a project that included planting trees and gardens in a public park. They also staged plays about the importance of serving others, cultivating character, and developing leadership skills; engaged in interfaith dialogue; and shared homemade desserts with children in orphanages.
  • Youth from several nations assembled at a village in central Estonia, where they renovated a monument to the victims of communist repression and made improvements at the Lutheran church's summer café. Lectures, spiritual readings, group discussions, work activities, sightseeing, and reflection times helped build bonds among participants from the Baltic nations in this first Religious Youth Service project in Estonia.
  • Twenty-two people came together to live and work as an interfaith and international community near the Black Sea in western Georgia. Lectures, readings, group discussions, work activities, visits, sightseeing, reflection, and spiritual practices gave people insights into the culture and faith of the people of Georgia. Participants came from Georgia's neighboring nations in the Caucasus Mountains as well as Russia, England, Netherlands, and Cote d'Ivoire.
  • Young people from several Caribbean nations and the US did cleaning, painting, and landscaping at an elementary school on Jamaica's northeast coast while practicing teamwork and sampling Jamaica's spicy cuisine. No repairs had been made at the school for the previous five years, and the much-needed facelift was part of the preparations for the new school year.
  • UPF organizers in Moldova had long envisioned hosting a Religious Youth Service project in their nation to build on their interfaith initiatives. That dream became a reality when 14 young peacebuilders from four nations assembled in Ialoveni, near Moldova's capital, for a week-long project. They worked at a geriatric center, participated in interactive learning experiences, visited places of worship, and savored the nation's historic monuments and natural beauty.
  • “Building Friendship through Service” was the theme of a project at the Metta Center orphanage and monastery in Banepa in the Kavre District of Nepal December 2-9. The 47 participants from Russia, Egypt, Spain, Pakistan, and Bangladesh as well as Nepal took part in community-based service, value education, leadership training, interfaith visits and dialogues, and cross-cultural learning experiences.Thirty-six young people participated in service-learning activities June 2-9 in a village in central Nepal. They developed leadership and communication skills, experienced Nepal's rich and diverse faith traditions, and helped build a library at the secondary school and renovate the community drinking water system.
  • Around 80 youth leaders including staff, volunteers, and participants from all provinces of Pakistan assembled in Multan, Punjab Province, to spend time together as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural community. They engaged in various service-learning activities including visiting religious sites and working to provide a safe drinking water system and toilets for the Hindu slum dwellers in Multan. This first Religious Youth Service project in Pakistan offered education, training, and opportunities for the participants to develop their capacities as peacebuilders.
  • When a UPF organizer in Siberia read a newspaper report on July 7 about the flooding in southwestern Russia, he immediately determined to help, even though he lives in Novosibirsk, 4,140 km to the east. He organized a team of ten people from various parts of Russia, and they arrived on July 19 and spent a week clearing out rubbish, erecting tents to shelter the homeless, and organizing donations that poured in from throughout the nation.
  • When a UPF organizer in Siberia read a newspaper report on July 7 about the flooding in southwestern Russia, he immediately determined to help, even though he lives in Novosibirsk, 4,140 km to the east. He organized a Religious Youth Service project with a team of ten people from various parts of Russia, who after a two-day train trip assembled and began clearing out rubbish, erecting tents to shelter the homeless, and organizing donations that poured in from throughout the nation.
  • Local and international youth joined to build a much-needed community center for displaced by the civil war and now living in Mahawewa in the Puttlam District of northwest Sri Lanka. This building will be used for meetings, self-help programs, family functions, cultural activities and social celebrations
  • In spite of predictions that the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia would be hit by tropical storm Ernesto, an international team of youth assembled and did clean-up and painting at a school as well as organizing activities for its students. The schedule included a sports day with local youth and a talent show for the community.
  • A Religious Youth Project in northern Thailand on the theme of “Interreligious Cooperation and Service Shaping Character and World Peace” from March 15 to 19 promoted understanding, friendship, and harmony among youth from different religious and cultural backgrounds.
  • Religious Youth Service 2012

    1. 1. Through living together and providing altruistic service in a community, participants demonstrate that it is possible for our global human family to come together in peace for our mutual well being. Albania Estonia Georgia Jamaica Moldova Nepal Pakistan Russia Sri Lanka St. Lucia Thailand Service-Learning Projects in 2012
    2. 2. Planting trees and helping at an orphanage in Tirana ALBANIA
    3. 3. Renovating buildings in PilistvereESTONIA
    4. 4. Renovating buildings in ZugdidiGEORGIA
    5. 5. Making improvements at an elementary school in Portland Parish JAMAICA
    6. 6. Helping at a geriatric center in Ialoveni MOLDOVA
    7. 7. Helping at an orphanage in Kavre; repairing a water system in Chitlang NEPAL
    8. 8. Providing sanitation for Hindu slum dwellers in Multan PAKISTAN
    9. 9. Cleaning the House of Writers in St. Petersburg RUSSIA
    10. 10. Putting up tents and bringing supplies after the flooding in Krymsk RUSSIA
    11. 11. Laying foundations for a community center in the Puttlam District SRI LANKA
    12. 12. Cleaning and organizing activities at a school in Ciceron ST. LUCIA
    13. 13. Helping with rural development in Baan Dadthongchareon THAILAND
    14. 14. For details about these Religious Youth Service projects, click here.

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