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Religious Youth Service

Religious Youth Service Helps Expand Networks of Caring in Miami

May 1, 2010

Miami, USA - Approximately 35 community leaders attended a symposium in Miami about plans for a youth enrichment camp near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, sponsored in party by Religious Youth Service Aug. 15-29, 2010.


Passing the Baton in Religious Youth Service

March 19, 2010

Tarrytown, NY, USA - The Universal Peace Federation announces that Rev. John W. Gehring has been appointed as the International Director of the Religious Youth Service.


Building Fences and Making Friends at a Religious Youth Service Project in Jamaica

March 8, 2010

Portland and Kingston, Jamaica - Eleven young people from the US traveled to Jamaica for a Religious Youth Service project Feb. 22-March 7, 2010, that included building fence in Portland, painting fences and walls in Kingston, making home visits, participating in a forum and making trips to historic sites.


RYS Helps Set up Cattle Farm for Catholic Girls' Home in Suriname

September 20, 2009

Saramacca, Suriname - The Maria Internaat, is a girls' home run by Catholic nuns in Suriname. On September 18-20, 2009, RYS alumni collaborated with the Suriname Youth Parliament to assist the nuns in setting up a cattle farm.


RYS Conducts Peace Mosaic Project at Girls' Basketball Tournament in Newark

September 6, 2009

Newark, New Jersey, USA - United Initiatives for Peace in partnership with the City of Newark Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosted the 2nd Annual “You Got Schooled” tournament at Central High School in Newark, NJ. For two consecutive years, Religious Youth Service has been a part of the “You Got Schooled” tournament by conducting a Peace Mosaic project on site.


RYS Participants Build Community Center to Serve Three Indian Villages

September 1, 2009

Darjeeling, India - Twenty-nine RYS participants, representing various faiths and cultures, gathered to construct a community center of about 1,100 sq. ft for the needy peoples of three villages, thereby providing a much-needed meeting place. Ongoing efforts are being made in the development of a global peace village, and to encourage villagers to become effective decision-makers in the development of their own communities. The community center will also be equipped with important information concerning health and education.


RYS Helps Provide Clean Water for Blackwood Village in Sri Lanka

August 28, 2009

Badulla, Sri Lanka - The Blackwood Village in Beragala, Badulla did not have pipe-borne water. Religious Youth Service volunteers helped renovate the existing mini reservoir which had been abandoned in recent times, thus restoring the pipe-borne water way. RYS also supported the road repair, including the reconstruction of a bridge which was badly damaged, on the roadway that lead to the Hindu Kovil, which was also in a very dilapidated state.


Religious Youth Service Project in Rustic, Spacious, and Quiet Trinidad

August 19, 2009

Petit Valley, Trinidad - Participants in the Aug. 8-19, 2009, Religious Youth Service project in Trinidad repaired the facilities at a wildlife rehabilitation center, fed and cared for the elderly at a home for the aged, and visited religious and cultural sites.


Religious Youth Service Helps Build a Community Center in Gorkha, Nepal

August 16, 2009

Gorkha, Nepal - A Religious Youth Service Project was held in Gorkha, Nepal August 9-15, 2009 with participants from the Baha'i, Jain, Buddhist, Christian, Unificationist, Hindu, and Islamic traditions building a new community hall, visiting religious sites, playing in a friendly football match, and spending time building relationships with children and the elderly.


RYS Renovates Fishponds in Bali

July 18, 2009

Bali, Indonesia - RYS worked with the SOS Desa Taruna, a nongovernmental, social development organization for orphaned children, to renovate two fishponds, expected to provide a food source for SOS.


RYS and Local Children Stitch Tablecloth for Feeding Homeless in the Netherlands

July 5, 2009

Netherlands RYS volunteers partnered with Thuis Op Straat (TOS), a local organization which offers afterschool programs for children. Participants set up a tent and some tables in a playground where they assisted the children in decorating pieces of cloth. The patches were sewn together into a beautiful cloth which was then given as a gift to the Stichting Marme, where it would serve as a tablecloth when regularly feeding the homeless.


Filipino Religious Youth Service Project Promotes Muslim-Christian Dialogue

May 26, 2009

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, Philippines - A Religious Youth Service project in Compostela Valley Province May 23-26, 2009, included Muslim-Christian dialogue, visits to a mosque and a church, leadership and peacemaking skills training, daily reflections, a cultural program and community outreach.


RYS Youth Help Refurbish Church in Portland, Jamaica

May 1, 2009

Portland, Jamaica – In Portland, Jamaica on May 1, 2009, RYS youth joined Father Francis in refurbishing his church, the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Young people from the community washed the outside of the church in preparation for future painting. Inside work continued with scrapping old wall covering, filling holes and rolling and brushing on a new coat of paint. The work materials were donated by the Archdiocese of Kingston and the members of St. Agnes Catholic Church.


Religious Youth Service Alumni Help Orphans on Global Youth Service Day in Chennai, India

April 26, 2009

Chennai, India -  On April 26, 2009, Global Youth Service Day, alumni of Religious Youth Service-India volunteered at "Udhavum Ullangal," a free home taking care of more than 100 orphan children in Chennai.


Religious Youth Service Inspires Youth in Tripura, India

December 9, 2008

Tripura, India - Volunteers with a Religious Youth Service project worked with indigenous tribal people Dec. 2-8, 2008, to stage cultural programs and build a hall of friendship and goodwill.


RYS Participant's Experience in Tripura India

December 9, 2008

Tripura, India - A Religious Youth Service participant speaks about their experience in Tripura, India.


RYS: Learning, Serving and Trekking in Nepal

November 28, 2008

Sunakothi, Lalitpu, Nepal – The Religious Youth Service hosted an eight day project in Sunakothi, Lalitpur, Nepal from November 20 - November 28, 2008. Participants from Nepal, India, Mauritius, and the United States came together to aid the village of Sunakothi with the installation of 2 much needed water tanks and the creation of a peace pond. The project was hosted at the Bauddha Jana Vihar, a Buddhist Community Center and Temple.


Training Leaders of Guatemala City's Peace Vacation

October 31, 2008

Guatemala City, Guatemala - Religious Youth Service representatives, in partnership with sports organizers, taught RYS's experiential education curriculum to participants in Guatemala City's Peace Vacation Oct. 27-30, 2008, during a six-week sports and character education program.


RYS Celebrates International Day of Peace in Agartala

September 21, 2008

Agartala, India – Christian-Hindu amity marked the International Day of Peace in Agartala on September 21, 2008. Even as reports of recent bomb blasts and Hindu-Christian conflicts continue to pour in from different parts of the country, the Northeast Indian capital town of Agartala witnessed a rare gesture of unity and friendship between Christians and Hindus. The program was organized by Sampari Hukumu Bodol Tripura, under the patronage of Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Peace Dream, and Religious Youth Service (RYS).


RYS Alumni Celebrate UN's "International Day of Peace" in Sri Lanka

September 19, 2008

Colombo, Sri Lanka – To mark the United Nation's "International Day of Peace" on September 21, 2008, the Western Province Schools of Sri Lanka organized a talent contest amongst the school children. Many of the participants were RYS alumni. The competition was held from September 12-19, 2008 in Colombo. The theme of the competition was simply "Peace."