International Day of Peace Observed in Sri Lanka

September 21, 2015

Madurankuliya, Sri Lanka—UPF-Sri Lanka celebrated the International Day of Peace 2015 with a peace walk, where hundreds of students participated, and a program. 


RYS-Built Community Center Opens in Sri Lanka

April 18, 2015

Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka—Members of Parliament and other dignitaries attended the opening ceremony for a village community center built by the Religious Youth Service, a UPF project.


Religious Youth Service Project in Sri Lanka

December 12, 2014

Rajawaka, Sri Lanka - Young volunteers renovated a dispensary that serves disadvantaged people in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka Dec. 6-12, 2014.


RYS Youth Restore Sri Lankan Hospital

December 6, 2014

SriLanka-RYS-2014-12-06Sri Lanka - Fifty participants with a Religious Youth Service project renovated part of a Sri Lankan hospital from Dec. 6 to 12, 2014.


International Day of Peace Celebrated in Sri Lanka

September 21, 2014

Gampola, Sri Lanka - A youth workshop and shramadana campaign (volunteer manual work) marked the UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2014 in Sri Lanka.


K. Rahula: Address to World Summit 2014

August 11, 2014

The aim of Buddhism is to guide everyone to lead a noble life, to cultivate humane qualities to maintain human dignity.


D.M. Jayaratne: Address to World Summit 2014

August 10, 2014

What humanity needs today is not hatred or anger, but loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic-joy and equanimity, so that every living being in the world can live happily and harmoniously enjoying fully their rights, social justice and human dignity.


Religious Youth Service Project in Central Sri Lanka

December 20, 2013

Nuwara-Eliya, Sri Lanka - A Religious Youth Service project in Walapane, central Sri Lanka, Dec. 13-20, 2013, included educational presentations, leadership development, learning about Sri Lanka's diverse religions and constructing a floor for a village medical clinic.


Day of Peace Observed at a College in Sri Lanka

September 20, 2013

Kaluaggala, Sri Lanka - At St. John Bosco's Central College in Kaluaggala, celebrations of the International Day of Peace on September 20 included an assembly, peace march, and speeches about the UN International Day of Peace and its relevance to Sri Lanka. 


Sri Lanka Secretary General Meets with UN Youth Envoy

July 5, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Envoy on Youth, arrived in Sri Lanka on July 4 for a three-day official visit. The visit offered an opportunity for Dr. Chula Senaratne, Secretary General of UPF-Sri Lanka and national director of Religious Youth Service, to meet with the UN envoy.


Day of Families Observed in Sri Lanka

May 16, 2013

Negambo, Sri Lanka - A program on May 16 for students and staff in the Negambo Educational zone included lectures from religious leaders, a staff member of the UN office in Sri Lanka, and a staff member from the Education Department.


D.M. Jayaratne: Address to World Summit 2013

February 24, 2013

Commentary on Peace, Security, and Human Development


Religious Youth Service Heals War Wounds in Northwestern Sri Lanka

December 21, 2012

Puttlam District, Sri Lanka - In the ongoing process of healing the wounds of civil war, participants in a Dec. 15-21, 2012, Religious Youth Service project built a community center in a northwestern Sri Lanka village  where Muslim civilians found safe haven during the civil war. 


Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN Hosts Tea Ceremony

November 27, 2012

New York, USA - The Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations hosted a Japanese Tea Ceremony organized by staff of UPF's Office of UN Relations on Nov. 27, 2012.


Religious Youth Service Project Planned in Northwest Sri Lanka

November 6, 2012

Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka - In the Puttlam district of northwest Sri Lanka are living many Muslims who were displaced during the country's decade-long civil war, and RYS-Sri Lanka is inviting local and international youth to help build a community center in the district's coastal town of Kalpitiya December 15 to 21.


Day of Peace Commemorated at Sri Lanka's Youth Parliament

September 24, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka - UPF-Sri Lanka celebrated the “UN International day of Peace” on September 23 at the Youth Parliament of Sri Lanka in Colombo. The Youth Parliament was established in 2011 to strengthen social harmony and build mutual understanding among the youth of the nation after the heart-breaking decades of conflict. Thus it was very fitting to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace at the Youth Parliament.


Day of Families Observed in Colombo

May 18, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka - The UN International Day of Families was commemorated on May 18 at the Auditorium of the Department of Education of the Western Province of SriLanka.


Decades of Religious Youth Service Build Bonds Among Sri Lankan Youth

December 22, 2011

Since 1992, Religious Youth Service has been offering Sri Lankans a model of how ethnic, religious, and even political differences can be bridged during the 1983-2009 civil war and its aftermath. Here is a sampling of reports through 2011.


Sri Lanka Religious Youth Service Project Proves That 'Nothing Is Impossible'

December 22, 2011

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka - In a village that suffered some of the most brutal fighting of the Sri Lanka civil war, Religious Youth Service brought 43 people from four religious traditions to help build a community center as part of a service-learning project from December 16-22.


Sri Lanka Seminar on Marriage and Family

November 1, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka - A seminar on marriage and family in Colombo Nov. 1, 2011, addressed the importance of these institutions in modern society.