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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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RYS Annual Report 2003The Religious Youth Service (RYS) in 2003 continued to develop its international  projects and local clubs in selected areas as part of a larger IIWFP strategy. In 2003, the  RYS completed nine large international projects and four national level programs. In addition the staff of the RYS guided the international development and education  program for the 1st Interreligious Peace Sports Festival recruiting athletes from 10 religions and 40 nations.

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Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras—RYS 2002 held the Thirteenth Friendship Americas Project in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. This 3 week journey began in Guatemala City where staff and 42 participants representing 16 countries and diverse religious traditions, took on a challenge whose outcome was a strong community that explicitly valued full and free communication, recognized cultural and social differences as strengths, and embraced diversity among its members.

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Apia, Samoa—The RYS and the IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace joined in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide a two day program of service, interfaith cooperation and character building.

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Tongatapu, Kindgom of Tonga—The RYS worked with the IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace Youth on an initiative which brought together 65 church, NGO and youth leaders in a program involving public service, character education and interfaith cooperation.

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Nambucca Heads, Australia—With a goal of promoting Island Friendship and reconciliation between people, 55 enthusiastic representatives from seven nations joined together in working with a team of IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace in creating a community area Nambucca Heads, Australia that was for the benefit of local Aboriginal residents.

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Auckland, New Zealand—Members of various NGOs and from the Ratana Morehu Youth movement joined together in a leadership program that visioned out an action plan for interfaith service projects in New Zealand.

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Manresa, Sri Lanka - Thanks to a cease-fire between the government and the Tamil insurgents in December 2000, roads were opened to the public and people could begin to move somewhat freely around the country. However, even though there was a political will to settle deep-rooted problems, no effective mechanism had been created to bring people together to meet in heart and reconciliation. A Religious Youth Service project August 23-26, 2001 opened doors for that to happen.

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Ulan Bator, Mongolia—RYS helped on the construction of a 2-story kindergarten (for about 40 children) in a poor and remote area of Ulan Bator. Participants also did light construction work (with wood, cement and paint) inside and around the building, creating an outdoor toilet, making various toys for the children.

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Chinautla, Guatemala—In Chinaulta, the RYS worked with mayor Paramo and city council to target an area where a new school is most urgently needed. They selected a newly settled community on top of a very hilly area. There the RYS began construction on a school while it also worked to widen the road to allow access by school bus.

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Lira, Uganda—The series of projects launched this year by IRFF and RYS have helped attract the attention of the highest levels of Uganda government. The projects show that we are serious and capable of delivering a fine program that fits the needs of the country.

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Lagos, Nigeria—Over sixty five religious leaders, social activities and concerned youth leaders from six nations helped inaugurate the first RYS Africa Rising Program in Lagos, Nigeria on April 1-2.

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Bagahawatte, Sri Lanka—Participants helped construct a nursery school, create a playground, and landscape two school play areas.

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