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Service Programs

To cultivate the spirit of one family under God, UPF offers disaster relief and organizes service projects such as caring for public spaces, supporting access to education, promoting good health, and providing medical supplies.

Under the slogan "Let's say together: 'Thank you!'" UPF-Argentina commemorated International Volunteer Day at the Peace Embassy in Buenos Aires on  December 5. This date was set by the UN on December 17, 1985 to "raise greater awareness of the important contribution of volunteers, thus encouraging more people in all social conditions to offer their services as volunteers."

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Maseru, Lesotho - Seeking to make a difference in the nation with the third-highest HIV-infection rate in the world, UPF-Lesotho is seeking funds to provide community-based care for orphans and sick adults in 20 villages that will enable them to have adequate food, gain an education, and generate income.

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Multan, Pakistan - Funds are being sought to provide food, shelter and medical care to people displaced by floods resulting from monsoon rains in the Southern Punjab in 2012.

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Canterbury, UK - "After 8 days finally reached Canterbury Cathedral!" Ashley Crosthwaite tweeted after a 140-mile trek in rain and sunshine from Winchester Cathedral to the historic pilgrimage destination of Canterbury to raise awareness and funds for charitable projects in Africa.

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Kathmandu, Nepal - "Clean and Green Nepal," a nationwide garbage separation education campaign was launched in Nepal on September 2. With a sense of civic pride, 1000 participants, including volunteers from 50 colleges in Nepal and four colleges in India, cleaned up Ratna Park in Kathmandu.

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Castries, St. Lucia - It was early, and my thoughts were whirling around in my head in the car on the way to the airport on August 2, headed for a Religious Youth Service project in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia. My dad's voice was a distant murmur. With each passing minute my heart pounded faster and faster. I was full of anxiety when we reached the New York airport. Maybe it would be best if I just went back. But there was no turning back.

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Slyudyanka, Russia - The third annual Baikal Volunteer Forum, July 9-22, 2012, brought together 32 people from throughout Russia to make improvements along its southwestern coast and promote ecological awareness, tourism, and preservation of its ecosystem.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - UPF-Argentina's Peace Council held a Charity Dinner on July 6; it was a pleasant time of brotherhood and good music to raise funds to carry on different activities and initiatives under the slogan with which UPF-Argentina began this year: "Where there is a will, there is a way."

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Kampala, Uganda - During an interfaith trip to Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, and Uganda from June 29 to July 19, a European delegation representing UPF and the International Relief Friendship Foundation in Europe visited schools they support in Kampala and rural areas of Uganda.

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Pokrovskoye, Russia - A program for children in the village of Pokrovskoye June 13-15, 2012, included talks about moral values, interactive communication, games, sports contests, good deeds, analysis and self-analysis, singing songs and staging skits.

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The thirst of my soul
is the voice of Africa.
Africa, the music of my voice

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Chisinau, Moldova - A "Beginners Training for Volunteers” was held as part of National Volunteer Week at the central prefecture of Chisinau on May 24. It was organized by the NGO PPROLUS. During the training young college students were introduced to volunteer policies in Moldova. They were also introduced to the meaning of volunteering as well as rights and benefits of volunteers. They received information on how to get involved in volunteer activities.

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