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Religious Youth Service

RYS Hosts 11th Africa Rising Project in Ghana

 Participants: 35 Religions Represented: 4  Nations Represented: 4

Accra, Ghana 11th Africa Rising

Duration: January 15 - 19, 2004

Central Work: Cleaning and personal care; offering donations

The Religious Youth Service has been active in Ghana since 1992, so during the January 13 –25 project the focus was on participants from Accra, the capitol. 

The learning aspect of RYS included presentations by distinguished experts in the fields of education, religion, and medicine. Also included were basic RYS team building exercises.

This interreligious youth community bonded during their daily experiences of eating together, serving the needs of patients at the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital Adecta, cleaning the environment and meeting with patients. 

Also worthy of reflection was cleaning done at Weija Communicable Disease Hospital, where leprous women and men received food, gifts and songs of peace from the participants.

Follow-up efforts are being made to institutionalize RYS as a means of networking NGOs in Africa for interreligious action.

Co-operating Agencies: Global Evangelical Church of Ghana

Key Sponsors: IIFWP

 This was the second RYS project in New Zealand and the 1 st international program. This project drew much support from Australia and pulled in participants from a wide variety of nations and religious traditions. Networking with organizations was a key to the programs success as Habitat for Humanity, the local civic leaders and the Moreau Youth Movement worked to model the pattern of cooperative living so critical in building a culture of everlasting peace.

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