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Religious Youth Service

US Youth Serve at St. Lucia Religious Youth Service Project

August 13, 2011

Anse-la-Raye, St. Lucia - Participants in a Religious Youth Service project Aug. 2-13, 2011, in the small fishing village of Anse-la-Raye painted homes of senior citizens and made friends with local youth.


Religious Youth Service Alumni Honored in Sri Lanka

August 3, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Three students of the Amal International School Sri Lanka who are alumni of Religious Youth Service projects won a trip to San Francisco, California, in August 2011, where they will participate in ThinkQuest workshops.


Religious Youth Service in Georgia Promotes South Caucasus Peace

July 25, 2011

Zugdidi, Georgia - At a Religious Youth Service project in Zugdidi, western Georgia, July 16-25, 2011 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cote d'Ivoire, Georgia and Russia lived and worked together as an interfaith and international community helping at an orphanage.


Religious Youth Service Alumni Meet Suriname's First Lady

May 19, 2011

Paramaribo, Suriname - The First Lady of Suriname, Ingrid Bouterse-Waldring, asked Suriname youth at a May 19, 2011 meeting to build on the spirit of volunteerism embodied by Religious Youth Service and a visiting "Generation Peace" team and initiate a national volunteer organization.


Religious Youth Service Alumni Help Host Friendship Americas Concert in Suriname

May 14, 2011

Paramaribo, Suriname - Under the patronage of the Director of Youth Affairs in the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Religious Youth Service alumni and volunteers from Generation Peace in the US hosted a “Friendship Americas” concert on May 14, 2011.


Religious Youth Service Rebuilds a Pre-School in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

December 17, 2010

Jaffna, Sri Lanka - After the 26-year Sri Lanka civil war ended in May 2009, much work remains to settle displaced people and help resume normal peacetime life. Religious Youth Service organized a project to help repair a pre-school building December 11-17 on the northern tip of the island as part of a national rebuilding effort.


Decades of Religious Youth Service Build Bonds Among Malaysian Youth

December 11, 2010

Since 1993, Religious Youth Service has been facilitating understanding and cooperation among Malaysia's people of Malay, Indian and Chinese origin. Here is a sampling of reports of projects through 2010.


J. Gehring: A Story of Reconciliation at a Religious Youth Service Project

December 1, 2010

A story of reconciliation between two African participants in a Religious Youth Service project in Italy: Stephen from Ethiopia and Christine from South Africa.


Religious Youth Service Gives Jamaican Schools a Facelift

November 22, 2010

Kingston & Portland, Jamaica - Members of the Jamaican Religious Youth Service club joined youth from the US Nov. 1-22, 2010, in Kingston and Portland to give schools a facelift, take part in a campaign to prevent dengue, visit places of worship and participate in interfaith dialogue.


RYS Youth Improve Monastary in Pokhara, Nepal

October 1, 2010

Pokhara, Nepal - About 30 dynamic youth representing different faiths attended this year’s project at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Ven. Kalsang Lama, one of the most revered spiritual leaders in Nepal. Service activities included painting the wall around the peace prayer wheel, and digging out an area for the wall around the monastery.


UPF, RYS and Gandhian Institutions commemorate the International Day of Peace 2010, Chennai, India

September 21, 2010

Chennai, India - The Universal Peace Federation and Religious Youth Service, in association with the Federation of Gandhian Institutions, commemorated the International Day of Peace in Chennai, India on September 21, 2010.  Interreligious prayers for world peace, nonviolence and ceasefire, and a candlelight vigil marked this occasion.


Sports for Peace Program - Team-Building Exercises

August 29, 2010

The following interactive learning exercises can be used as part of Sports for Peace programs.


Religious Youth Service Supports Summer Camp for Displaced Haitian Children

August 29, 2010

Cache Cache Douge, Haiti - Expressing a vision emerging from the rubble of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, several NGOs, including Religious Youth Service, offered a joy-filled, educationally creative, character building memorable week to Haitian girls in an encampment near Port-au-Prince Aug. 19-29.


St. Lucia Hosts a Religious Youth Service Project

August 17, 2010

Castries, St. Lucia - A Religious Youth Service project is taking place August 7 to 17 in the verdant Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, noted for its green mountains, white sand beaches, and friendly residents. RYS volunteers are staying in fishing village in Anse-la-Raye just ten miles from the capital city of Castries.


Religious Youth Service Helps Promote a Caring Community in St. Lucia

August 17, 2010

Anse la Raye, St. Lucia - International volunteers joined with 14 St. Lucians Aug. 7-17, 2010, in a Friendship Americas project that included rebuilding homes of senior citizens.


Exploring Interest in Religious Youth Service in Hong Kong and Macau

May 23, 2010

Religious Youth Service Director John Gehring visited Hong Kong and Macau after the May 7-16, 2010 project in Thailand and met with students, religious leaders, and peace activists to explore avenues of interest in Religious Youth Service programs.


Religious Youth Service Promotes Peace Education in Northern Ghana

May 18, 2010

Tamale, Ghana - In the conflict zone of northern Ghana, UPF and Religious Youth Service organized a youth seminar on July 6 and peace rally on July 8, 2010, in coordination with the Community Partnership for Youth and Women Development.


Sharing the Religious Youth Service Vision in Asia

May 17, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand - On May 17, the turmoil of a political conflict was spilling into violence in one section of Bangkok. In another section of the city the UPF invited me as International Director of Religious Youth Service to make a presentation about our service-learning activities to leaders from 16 nations of South and South-East Asia.


RYS Students Help with Improvements to School in Plaeng Yao, Thailand

May 16, 2010

Plaeng Yao, Chacheongsao Province, Thailand - Young adults from 10 nations representing five religions came to the rural area of Thailand where the local school had only four classrooms for six grades. When they left the village, they had dramatically elevated the four classrooms nearly four meters, in order to create space below for four new rooms-more than enough space to allow the children to study together with their peers.


Religious Youth Service Project Helps Renovate Thai School

May 7, 2010

Chacheongsao, Thailand - Government officials, Ambassadors for Peace, Muslim leaders, and students welcomed volunteers with Religious Youth Service who are helping to renovate the Prachanukhro School.