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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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Baan Dadthongchareon, Thailand - A Religious Youth Project in an agricultural community in northern Thailand from March 15 to 19 promoted understanding, friendship, and harmony among participants. The 70 Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, and Catholic youth worked together to improve a children's playground, build vegetable and fruit gardens, repair the road inside the school compound, and build a water drainage system.

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St. Petersburg, Russia - People from Russia, Estonia and Latvia assembled iat the House of Writers near St. Petersburg for a Religious Youth Service project Jan. 24-27, 2012, helping clean the building and visiting religious sites in the area. 

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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.

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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.

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Lumbini, Nepal - The Universal Peace Federation opened its service project at a primary school in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, on December 1, the same day the government of Nepal launched a campaign to promote tourism and development of its key Buddhist shrines.

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Coming across a T-shirt with the slogan "The Revolution Has Begun - Join the Vision" from a group that I started with some friends at the University of the West Indies reminded me of the Religious Youth Service project we organized in Trinidad & Tobago in 2009.

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Yekaterinburg, Russia - The Yekaterinburg student who sent a hand-made gift for a Georgian student delivered during the Religious Youth Service Project there during the summer received a gift in return during a celebration of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 22, 2011.

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Novosibirsk, Russia - The “Cherish Friendship, Create a Park of Peace” in Siberia, Aug. 15-21, 2011, grew out of the conviction that the future depends on friendship and understanding among people of different nations and religions.

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Kochi, India - A Religious Youth Service project Aug. 9-15, 2011, included planting fruit trees and a vegetable garden at a school in Kochi, India, cleaning an athletic field, training in communication and peacebuilding skills, and visits to religious and cultural sites.

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Anse-la-Raye, St. Lucia - Participants in a Religious Youth Service project Aug. 2-13, 2011, in the small fishing village of Anse-la-Raye painted homes of senior citizens and made friends with local youth.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka - Three students of the Amal International School Sri Lanka who are alumni of Religious Youth Service projects won a trip to San Francisco, California, in August 2011, where they will participate in ThinkQuest workshops.

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Zugdidi, Georgia - At a Religious Youth Service project in Zugdidi, western Georgia, July 16-25, 2011 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cote d'Ivoire, Georgia and Russia lived and worked together as an interfaith and international community helping at an orphanage.

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