Humanitarian and Youth Programs


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Religious Youth Service

RYS-Italy Repairs Former Church used for Social Service

Participants: 25 Nations Represented: 3

Rome Italy—After a successful global project in Italy, the RYS and IRFF wanted to build on the local foundations and contacts that had been made. IRFF/RYS Italy director, Mr. Trombin, found a work project that would both be beneficial for both the community and provide meaningful work for the participants.

Work: During the work period, from April 17th to the 27th, participants repaired a former church that was being used for social services. Most of the participants helped with the carpentry work and light construction tasks.

Summary: The project provided an additional experience and training for the local RYS staff and helped to demonstrate that the RYS model can be economically duplicated on a local level through using a much shorter format and finding work tailored to that reality. This model would be adapted and modified in over thirty nations during the decade and provided a cost- efficient way to bring the RYS vision of peace building into numerous other nations.

This project also showed that follow-up to massive human and financial investment that goes into a global project is crucial if the ideals of RYS are to become known, understood and practiced in the larger culture.

Since the global RYS Italy, the IRF and IRFF in Italy have carried out a wide variety of interfaith and relief work that has been recognized by governments in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Staff and Advisors

Organizers, Mr. Massimo Trombin 
Work Director, Mr. Giuseppe Gesualde

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