Service Programs

To cultivate the spirit of one family under God, UPF offers disaster relief and organizes service projects such as caring for public spaces, supporting access to education, promoting good health, and providing medical supplies.

Manila, Philippines - Students in Manila worked together to clean a historic wall at Balluarte de San Andres in Intramuros, Manila.

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Manila, Philippines - Over 21,000 students of the National Service Training Program from 21 colleges and universities in the Philippines joined five national and international NGOs and cadets from ROTC to begin a tidal wave of change, for themselves and their nation.

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Manila, Philippines - You’ve heard of micro-financing. But, how about micro-development? A powerful force for social change joins community development, building inter-religious harmony and volunteerism all at the micro level. International Volunteers Day, December 5, was originally established by the UN General Assembly in 1985. And certainly, organizations such as the Red Cross and Caritas are doing extraordinary jobs.

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Washington, DC, USA - The Global Peace Festival in Washington, DC, on August 9, 2008 was a kick-off to a sustained US campaign in many other cities. A key theme and challenge to those mobilized by the Festival campaign was a call to “A Million Acts of Service and Kindness.”

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Itapecerica de Serra, São Paulo - A social impact project was held in the city of Itapecerica da Serra, São Paulo, on November 23. Approximately 50 people participated, including representatives from different associations and churches in the region: Assembly of God, Itapecerica Family Federation, the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principle-Brazil, and the city hall.

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London, United Kingdom - In the spirit of preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games, clean-up projects took place in East London in October and November 2008.

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Sydney, Australia - The 4th Living for Others Awards Presentations was held on October 25th, in Sydney's Western Suburbs.

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Beirut, Lebanon - Students in Beirut organize seven projects building connections among people of Lebanon's diverse communal groups during a weekend of service Nov. 14-16, 2008.

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Nabatieh, Lebanon - In the Lebanon Youth Service Weekend’s largest single project by number of participants, 130 scouts traveled from different parts of Beirut to the south Lebanon town of Nabatieh on November 16. There, they were welcomed by the Women’s Progress Association for Motherhood, Children and the Elderly.

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Beirut, Lebanon - This project was the brainchild of two Palestinians — a doctor and a student — in response to the call to participate in a Youth Service Weekend. They chose Shatilla cemetery, the site of a horrific massacre more than 25 years ago, and asked Palestinian children to plant olive trees there on November 16, as a gesture of looking forwards towards a better, more peaceful future. The response was very enthusiastic.

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Beirut, Lebanon - During the Youth Service Weekend, a group of volunteers from the Jamhour School in Greater Beirut visited the Home of Hope, which is a place of residence for any and all homeless children on the streets of Lebanon.

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Sarafand, Lebanon - South Lebanon’s coastal plains are a vibrant and fruitful area but, due to their exposure to conflicts and economic restraints, a number of social issues require attention. Inspired by a call to service, 35 students and four or five teachers at the Sarafand High School decided that they would give 27 orphan girls a special outing.

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