Description : World Faith Chapters in six countries- India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda- each organized an event in which interfaith youth engaged in dialogue through service, uniting to tackle a local community issue. In total, 400 volunteers completed over 1,000 hours of service in these six countries.
In India, volunteers distributed election ID cards to over 7,000 homeless citizens in Delhi, many of whom are now able to vote for the first time.
In Indonesia, Muslims, Christians, and Hindus from the Interfaith Women School had roundtable discussions about how religion could help the peace-building process in post-conflict areas. Participants were mostly women expressing their
reflections as victims as well as survivors of the conflict in Poso. A follow-up ‘Peace Dance’ occurred on Feb. 14th in downtown Poso, where over 100 people danced for 1 hour with a 500-meter dance. Done in conjunction with One Billion Rising, the dance was the first anti-violence campaign by women and children to occur in Poso’s public spaces.
In Pakistan, we held two events: a panel discussion on ‘The Scope of Interfaith Dialogue in Pakistan’, with 76 participants, and the Diversity Tour to Worship Places, in which 23 young people of mixed faiths visited Muslim mosques, Hindu mandirs, Sikh temples and Christian churches, learning about each others’ beliefs and practices while exploring local diversity and inclusiveness.
In Kenya, we participated in an interfaith peace camp organized by the Seventh Day adventist church in Naivasha, an area prone to violence during the electioneering period. We met with many Christian residents there, including the Ambassadors of Christ Choir from Rwanda, who came to share their experiences from the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
In Nigeria, our chapter organized a meeting between Christians and Muslims in the town of Kurudu, giving space for community leaders to discuss their perspectives on peace and being the first such event to include women in the discussion. 87 people gathered to have interfaith dialogue for peace, 25 of whom were local religious Chiefs.
In Uganda, volunteers organized donation drives for local schools, gathering scholastic supplies, and elderly outreach programs, donating food and clothes while increasing community awareness regarding their care.
Location : Dilli Haat, New Delhi, Delhi, India
New Delhi, Delhi , IN
Events Type: Community Service:::Entertainment & Arts:::Meeting:::other:::