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Religious Youth Service

RYS Hosts an Interreligious Service Project in Mongolia

August 13, 2005

Mongolia— The participants and leaders of this project came from the diverse religious backgrounds of Islam, Buddhism and Christianity. The work consisted of constructing a wall at the local Buddhist temple, and remaking the interior of the local Islamic mosque. Both were completed with satisfactory success.


RYS Participants Brightens Up Schools in Indonesia

July 11, 2005

Indonesia The project involved leveling a local schoolyard, laying a bed of sand and cement, and positioning new paving bricks. Also six “restoration teams” (of eight people each) gave the classrooms a much-needed face-lift.


Art as a Service in Creating Peace in the Communities

July 1, 2005

Bristol, England RYS held an art service project from July 1st to the 9th. Initially many had been skeptical about the project. When they saw the finished work they were surprised at the way the project had inspired many diverse people to unite.


World Peace and the Role of Youth

June 27, 2005

Honduras— Working with the children to give them hope for a brighter future fits with the theme of the project “World Peace and the Role of Youth.” By working together with the children, the young people set an example of love and service.


The Environment as our Spiritual Responsibility

June 22, 2005

Palau— The Palau service project consisted of painting a local high school, the toilet block, sun roof, the girls’ sewing classroom and storeroom block.


Creating Youth Ambassadors for Peace

June 19, 2005

Tenaru, Solomon Islands— The RYS Solomon Islands project was held at St. Joseph’s Secondary College in Tenaru, which is a prominent Catholic school in the area.


RYS-Thailand Modeling the Ideals of World Peace

May 10, 2005

Thailand— The Thailand RYS education program was designed to train participants to become future leaders. Based on the theme “Modeling the Ideals of a World Peace,” the activities focused on team building, conflict resolution, increased awareness and appreciation of interaction styles.


Service to Humanity - the Path to Peace and Unity

May 10, 2005

Perak, Malaysia— The RYS volunteers worked on two distinct locations as participants painted two Bethany Home Residential Quarters and also repaired a residence for a family of 4 handicapped children including the construction of an outlet drain in the vicinity of Bethany Home.


Religious Youth Service Brings Nigerians Hope for Peace

May 9, 2005

Kassa, Nigeria - “The Religious Youth Service has leaped where others could not dare,” commented a journalist who followed the participants as they spent five days in May 2005 doing work in the village of Kassa in Plateau State, site of much destruction caused by religious conflict.


RYS 2005 National and International Projects Review

January 1, 2005

RYS Annual Report 2005In 2005, we brought the RYS spirit of healing and reconciliation to areas such as Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Indonesia and Thailand, sites of recent religious and ethnic strife. 


Religious Youth Service Distributes Medicine and Books in Patawan, Philippines

October 24, 2004

Patawan, Philippines - Participants in a Religious Youth Service project in Patawan, Philippines, Oct. 20-24, 2004, distributed medicine to four villages, painted a school building, distributed reading materials and visited religious sites.


Salt, Jordan Hosts a Religious Youth Service Project

October 12, 2004

Religious Youth Service's first project in the Middle East was arranged in cooperation with Jordan’s Higher Council for Youth. This project had been selected from several proposed by the city of Salt, north of Amman. The work involved clearing the grounds around a disused building and redecorating it so the building could be used as a skills training center for local women and the garden made into a safe play area for their children.


RYS Hosts 'As Friends Project' in Indonesia

October 2, 2004

Jakarta, Indonesia— The 5th RYS drew participants together under the theme of “Building a Culture of Peace and Volunteerism.”


RYS International Director Participates in UN Forum

September 10, 2004

United Nations, New York— RYS International Director, John W. Gehring was invited to be a speaker and panelist representing the Religious Youth Service at a UN DPI/NGO interactive workshop, entitled “The Role of NGO’s in Overcoming Poverty through Education”.


RYS-Guatemala Hosts 19th Friendship Americas

August 25, 2004

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala—Religious Youth Service Guatemala 2004, took place in the beautiful lakeside town of Santiago Atitlan. This was the 19th Friendship Americas Project and its main focus and theme was “The Role of Youth in the Creation of Global Peace.”


18th Friendship Americas Project Takes Place in Guyana

August 25, 2004

Georgetown, Guyana—Guyana, while hosting its first RYS, provided a warm welcome for participants at the City Hall through the cooperation of Mayor Hamilton Green and the Interfaith Council of Guyana. Majority of the work surrounded around fence construction, painting homes, and environmental cleanup.


RYS Holds Asia Friends Project in Western Mongolia

August 9, 2004

Bayan-Ulgii, Western Mongolia—The 3rd RYS project in Mongolia focused on promoting cooperation between the Muslim and Buddhist population in Bayan Ulgii, located in the Western part of the country.


Interreligious Peace Sports Festival 2004 in South Korea

July 27, 2004

ChunAn, Asan, DMZ, South Korea—The Interreligious Peace Sports Festival (IPSF), a unique and exciting project that has developed as an outgrowth of the Religious Youth Service (RYS). The program utilizes sports as a vehicle to promote interreligious interaction and understanding.


RYS Holds First Program in the Solomon Islands

July 6, 2004

Tenaru, Solomon Islands—The RYS held its first project in the Solomon Islands from June 30 to July 6. The work was spread out over four worksites where participants were involved in construction, furniture assembly, painting and restoration.


RYS-Malaysia Hosts Project with the Theme "Service to Humanity–the Path to Peace and Unity"

May 9, 2004

Bethany House, Perale, Malaysia—The 8th RYS project to be hosted in Malaysia was held on May 5-9 at Bethay Home in Perak, Malaysia. The theme, which was “Service to Humanity – the Path to Peace and Unity” was expressed through a program of education and action that was guided by Ms. Sharifah Shakirah.