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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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Multan, Pakistan - “Youth of Faith Build Peace by Practice of Love and Service” was the theme of a second project of Religious Youth Service-Pakistan, planned for March 15 to 22. Local and international youth were invited to explore cultural unity through working together in one of the ancient cities of Asia. The program included a international peace conference, planting trees at religious institutions, and visits to historical sites.

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Ufa, Russia - A religious Youth Service project in Ufa during World Interfaith Harmony Week, Feb. 1-5, 2013, brought together young people of different faiths to promote interreligious tolerance and encourage cooperation for peace in this Ural Mountain region.

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Religious Youth Service Projects in 2012

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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. 

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Kavre, Nepal - A Religious Youth Service project at an orphanage and monastery in Banepa in the Kavre District of Nepal Dec. 2-9, 2012, included community-based service, education in values, leadership training, interfaith visits and dialogues and cross-cultural learning experiences.

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Kavre, Nepal - Nine Russians participated in the Religious Youth Service project "Creating friendship through interreligious volunteering" that took place in Nepal Dec. 2-9, 2012.

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Kavre, Nepal - UPF-Nepal organized a Religious Youth Service project that included renovating an orphanage and building a wall at a Buddhist monastery in Kavre, central Nepal, December 1 through 8.

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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.

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Multan, Pakistan - Youth from all provinces of Pakistan assembled in Multan Oct. 12-19, 2012, for a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural Religious Youth Service project that included service-learning activities, visits to religious sites and providing a drinking water system and toilets for Hindu slum dwellers.

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Tirana, Albania - Young people from six nations took part in the first Religious Youth Service project in Tirana, Albania, Aug. 20-26, 2012, where they planted trees and learned world religions from religious leaders and scholars.

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Twenty-eight youth from 13 nations assembled in Pilistvere, Estonia, Aug. 13-22, 2012, where they renovated a monument to the victims of communist repression and made improvements at the Lutheran church's summer café.

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