Religious Youth Service 2013

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Service-learning projects of the Universal Peace Federation in 2013 in Estonia, Georgia, India, Israel, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, and the US. 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.

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  • UPF-Estonia organized a Religious Youth Service project in coordination with the Johvi Lutheran Church in the northeastern part of Estonia August 1 to 10. Participants improved the building and grounds of a Lutheran church, worked on projects in the community, and assisted with other work. The experiential-learning program included presentations on relationship-building, teamwork, a culture of heart, and tolerance.
  • Sixteen volunteers from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Russia, representing the Armenian and the Georgian Orthodox Church, Islam, and the Unification Church, participated in the program “Youth Leaders: Joint Service for Peace” that was held in the city of Zugdidi in west Georgia July 20 to 28. The project was sponsored by UPF and the NGO “Save the Future Generations.” A representative of the Zugdidi administration was in charge of all major events. The city administration sponsored a trip to Batumi, where the volunteers visited the mosque and spent some time on the sunny seashore
  • St. Stephen's College of the University of Delhi collaborated with UPF to host a Religious Youth Service project Dec. 16-22, 2013. Participantsl had a living experience of India's diverse religions and cultures and make an impact by renovating a facility serving slum children.
  • The Dec. 18-22 program started with the welcoming of 42 participants from five continents and 15 nations. Those young, high-spirited leaders came to the Holy Land in order to study about the complicated geopolitical reality in Israel, wishing to understand better the hearts of the locals - both Israelis and Palestinians.A participant reflection: “Viewing the struggles, the sadness and the upset amongst the faces of those who live in this county has allowed me to have hope and to acknowledge and be grateful for all that I have, but to also strive to help alleviate the challenges the Israelis and Palestinians encounter.”
  • A Religious Youth Service project took place in Pokhara, Nepal November 24-30 with the theme “Peace through Service.” Participants engaged in community-based volunteer work, educational presentations, interfaith and community visits, interactive programs, and cross-cultural learning experiences. The 41 participants came from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Russia and Canada as well as Nepal.
  • A Religious Youth Service project took place in Pokhara, Nepal November 24-30 with the theme “Peace through Service.” Participants engaged in community-based volunteer work, educational presentations, interfaith and community visits, interactive programs, and cross-cultural learning experiences. The 41 participants came from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Russia and Canada as well as Nepal.
  • The Society for the Promotion of Education and Awareness (SEAP Pakistan) along with Religious Youth Service-Pakistan organized a second RYS project in Pakistan with the theme “Youth of Faith Build Peace by Practicing Love and Service” from March 18 – 23, 2013. RYS-Pakistan invited local and international youths to come together to explore and experience cultural unity through working together in a volunteer service project in one of the ancient cities of Asia, Multan. Participants attended an International Peace Conference, planted trees in various religious institutions, and visited historical places in Multan.
  • In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, a Religious Youth Service program took place February 1-5 in Ufa, capital of Russia's Bashkortostan. It brought together young people of different faiths to promote a tradition of tolerance in relations between different religious traditions and encourage fruitful cooperation for peace.
  • International participants joined a Religious Youth Service project in Walapane, central Sri Lanka, Dec. 13-20, 2013. The service-learning experience included educational presentations, leadership development, learning about Sri Lanka's diverse religions, and constructing a floor a village medical clinic.
  • "Dushanbe – City of Peace" was the theme of the first Religious Youth Service project in Tajikistan, which took place May 25 to 31. Activities included visiting religious and historic sites and taking orphan children on an outing.
  • Forty Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Unificationist youth helped renovate a school building in Slongkhla, Thailand August 21-25, 2013 as part of a Religious Youth Service project. The interreligious experiences included visits to a Buddhist temple, Muslim mosque, and Catholic church as well as an interreligious dialogue.
  • The 18 youth participants were joined by an equal number of Jewish summer camp participants ages 7 to 10 in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new “Shalom Peace Garden” at the Jewish Center and School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • Religious Youth Service 2013

    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. Estonia Georgia India Israel Nepal Pakistan Russia Sri Lanka Tajikistan Thailand USA Service-Learning Projects in 2013
    2. 2. Working on projects at a Lutheran church in Johvi ESTONIA
    3. 3. Restoration work at the Zugdidi Botanical Gardens GEORGIA
    4. 4. Renovating a building that serves slum children in New Delhi INDIA
    5. 5. Building relationships with special- needs children at a school in an Arab village ISRAEL
    6. 6. Painting five school buildings in NuwakotNEPAL
    7. 7. Painting and cleaning up at a school in Pokhara NEPAL
    8. 8. Planting trees at religious sites in Multan PAKISTAN
    9. 9. Providing service to the elderly in UfaRUSSIA
    10. 10. Construction at a village medical clinic in Nuwara-Eliya SRI LANKA
    11. 11. Visiting religious sites and taking orphans on an outing in Dushanbe TAJIKISTAN
    12. 12. Painting a school building and playground equipment in Songkhla THAILAND
    13. 13. Making a Peace Garden at a Jewish community center near Washington DC US
    14. 14. Religious Youth Service is a program of the Universal Peace Federation. For more information about Religious Youth Service, click here.

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