Religious Youth Service

UPF chapters organize Religious Youth Service projects that offer service-learning opportunities with a special focus on developing personal leadership and peacemaking skills. 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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Tripura, India - A Religious Youth Service participant speaks about their experience in Tripura, India.

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Sunakothi, Lalitpu, Nepal – The Religious Youth Service hosted an eight day project in Sunakothi, Lalitpur, Nepal from November 20 - November 28, 2008. Participants from Nepal, India, Mauritius, and the United States came together to aid the village of Sunakothi with the installation of 2 much needed water tanks and the creation of a peace pond. The project was hosted at the Bauddha Jana Vihar, a Buddhist Community Center and Temple.

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Sunakothi, Lalitpu, Nepal - Religious Youth Service hosted a project in Sunakothi, Lalitpur, Nepal from November 20 to 28, 2008. Participants from Nepal, India, Mauritius, and the United States came together to aid the village of Sunakothi with the installation of two much-needed water tanks and the creation of a peace pond. The project was hosted at the Bauddha Jana Vihar, a Buddhist Community Center and Temple.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala - Religious Youth Service representatives, in partnership with sports organizers, taught RYS's experiential education curriculum to participants in Guatemala City's Peace Vacation Oct. 27-30, 2008, during a six-week sports and character education program.

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Agartala, India – Christian-Hindu amity marked the International Day of Peace in Agartala on September 21, 2008. Even as reports of recent bomb blasts and Hindu-Christian conflicts continue to pour in from different parts of the country, the Northeast Indian capital town of Agartala witnessed a rare gesture of unity and friendship between Christians and Hindus. The program was organized by Sampari Hukumu Bodol Tripura, under the patronage of Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Peace Dream, and Religious Youth Service (RYS).

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Colombo, Sri Lanka – To mark the United Nation's "International Day of Peace" on September 21, 2008, the Western Province Schools of Sri Lanka organized a talent contest amongst the school children. Many of the participants were RYS alumni. The competition was held from September 12-19, 2008 in Colombo. The theme of the competition was simply "Peace."

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Amanvi, Cote d'Ivoire - A Religious Youth Service project at a school in eastern Cote d'Ivoire Sept. 8-14, 2008, included building a bridge and a house for teachers, visiting local communities and businesses, and sightseeing.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka - In the midst of impoverishment, a large crowd of people of mixed origins and ages gathered for the ceremony to open the Religious Youth Service project in Sri Lanka, August 23-30: building a new preschool, the only one of its kind to accommodate Tamil children with other local children.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka – In the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in the midst of impoverishment, a large crowd of people of mixed origins and ages gathered for the ceremony to open the RYS Sri Lanka '08 project - the building of a new preschool, the only one of its kind to accommodate Tamil children with other local children.

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Newark, New Jersey - Religious Youth Service projects in Newark, New Jersey during August 2008 included a basketball fundraiser, Scholars for Ballers, and building a mosaic bench to encourage conversation and understanding at St. Peter's Recreation Center.

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Brokopondo, Suriname - Twenty-one Religious Youth Service participants spent Aug. 15-26, 2008 clearing bush and debris from the war-torn community of Brokopondo, clearing a path to a multipurpose court which had also been abandoned since the time of the military coup in 1980, and restoring playground equipment.

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Brokopondo, Suriname - Testimonies from two Religious Youth Service participants about their experience in Brokopondo, Suriname.

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