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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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Prague, Czechoslovakia—This seminar had three different workshops and was held on the last full day of the RYS project. The workshops involved 120 local participants plus the RYS participants. 

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Kodzi, Ghana—RYS participants worked on the renovation of a local school with ten classrooms. Much of the work consisted of moving earth and bricks, laying bricks, clearing grounds, landscaping and other light construction work.

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Vrindaban, India—The RYS participants worked to restore and paint old Hindu temple and spent much time excavating sacred monuments at a burial site that were covered by the passage over hundreds of years.

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Vrindaban, India—The RYS participants worked to restore and paint old Hindu temple and spent much time excavating sacred monuments at a burial site that were covered by the passage over hundreds of years.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh—Participants did light construction and restoration work on a school. This first national project was served to pull in a large number of good students into the RYS vision.

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Cochin, Kerela, India—This project had a powerful impact on the Kochin and India interfaith community because of its linkage to the WFIRC interfaith meeting. Several interfaith leaders in the Kerala area were moved by the RYS and they helped make a foundation for further activities in that state.

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Hungary—The Hungary project was done with the strong cooperation of the Hungarian Red Cross whose volunteers helped make the Tatabanya program a huge success.

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Southall, England—RYS alumni, Marshal D' Souza sought to create a local model which could attract support form campuses and religious organizations in the growing diverse nation of England. As a result a Peace Garden was created out of an abandon rubbish filled lot. RYS participants and staff helped with removing garbage, digging and landscaping, and some light construction.

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Nairobi, Kenya—The RYS contracted an RYS alumni to organize and help run a project in Kenya. Participants after an orientation in Nairobi went to a Massei home area where they did work on the grounds, fenced areas for grazing and did restoration work on some buildings.

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Sukhothai, Thailand—RYS participants and staff helped work on a multi-purpose hall at an orphanage which was to be used as a moral education center.

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Lima, Peru—RYS helped in the building of a medical center for a community of orphans called La Citidad por Nino's. This was the first project run in the Spanish language. The project attracted high profile community and national level leaders included the First Lady, Mrs. Fujimora visited the work sight.

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Madras, India—From October 25 to November 7, substantial work was carried out in extending classrooms and restoring part of a famous old school.

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