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Religious Youth Service

RYS-Thailand: Building a Foundation of Peace and Friendship Through Loving Service

Participants: 40 Religions Represented: 6 Nations Represented: 10

Korat, Thailand

Duration: October 19 - 27, 2003

Central Work: Work focused on repairing and improving the structure of a medical clinic and the local grounds.

RYS has been active in Thailand since 1989 and has completed eight international projects and various local programs. This project was an IIFWP As Friends (Asian Friendship and Service) project and is designed to help provide stronger links of friendship, cooperation and service among Asian nations. Thailand RYS projects are a model in that they are self funded through support of local businesses and making partnerships with NGO’s and various government ministries.

This project served to provide an opportunity to train young leadership from many Asian nations.

 

The program was highlighted with a variety of interreligious programs including joining pilgrims in the Allure Festival. The community was deeply moved with the heart and spirit of the volunteers who worked on the local school. Our cooperation became a substantial model of the peace building spirit of reconciliation so needed in this nation.
 
 This was the second RYS project in New Zealand and the 1 st international program. This project drew much support from Australia and pulled in participants from a wide variety of nations and religious traditions. Networking with organizations was a key to the programs success as Habitat for Humanity, the local civic leaders and the Moreau Youth Movement worked to model the pattern of cooperative living so critical in building a culture of everlasting peace.

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