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Christian Muslim Forum – Christians and Muslims Working Together 4 September , 2012

Interfaith Youth in Action/World Faith Pakistan became part of the Christian Muslim Forum network. TheChristian Muslim Forum develops strong relationships between Christians and Muslims and believes that faith is a resource for peace and conflict resolution. This is an important step to strengthen World Faith Pakistan’s international interfaith network and to demonstrate how faith can inform work for unity and peace.

Find out more about World Faith Pakistan and there work here:

http://worldfaith.org/south-asia/30-world-faith-pakistan

http://iyapk.weebly.com/about-us.html

 

News from Rajasthan, India 5 June , 2012

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Pictures from World Faith Rajasthan’s water project “One Source – One Community”.

 

Ray Chambers Joins Where’s The Net? 2 June , 2012

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Ray Chambers, the UN Special Envoy for Malaria has joined Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation’s worldwide campaign: “Where’s the Net?”. Since February, a symbolic anti-malaria net has been travelling in a relay between people of different faiths across the world to raise awareness about malaria prevention. Despite being entirely preventable, malaria still kills 750, 000 people each year.

The net began its journey in Sierra Leone, where a third of children who die under the age of five are killed by malaria. Since then it has travelled to almost 20 countries including: the USA, Mexico, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, Nepal, Philippines, and the UK spreading vital messages about malaria prevention.

The campaign has been embraced by people from all walks of life and different faith backgrounds; students, teachers, MPs, Health Ministers, the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Tony Blair and most recently UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers. All of their events are highlighted in an online journal and they range from malaria education lessons in Uganda to street plays about malaria by school children in India, plus many more.

The symbolic net was presented to Ray Chambers at his UN office this week by local faith leaders from the New York area: Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center, representatives from UNITED SIKHS, the Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue, the Interfaith Center of New York and young interfaith leaders working for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

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Youth Bridging Religious Differences 29 May , 2012

On May 26, 2012 Interfaith Youth in Action (IYA) / World Faith Pakistan (WFP) and the Youth Development Foundation organized a bus tour visiting places of worship in Lahore. 58 young people from the country’s different faiths groups participated in the tour which aimed at advancing interfaith relations and cooperation. The bus tour is a practical tool to foster interfaith understanding among religiously-diverse youth which is a determinant for peace and development in Pakistan.

The tour provided a unique experience and opportunity to visit different places of worship and to learn more about the beliefs, practices, and customs of the local faith traditions. The group visited a church, a mosque, a Baha’i temple, a Hindu Mandir, and a Sikh Gurdwara.

The youth of each community welcomed the participants and the religious leaders briefed them on their faith traditions, their history and conflict situations. Following this, the participants had the opportunity to ask additional questions in a Q & A session.

Anila Noor, Participant: Through this event I made friends with people from the Christian, Hindu, and Sikh community which never happened in my life before. Through these friendships we will contribute to build bridges between Pakistan’s different religious groups and we will try to inspire others to engage in interfaith activities.

Shahid Ghouri, Founding President of IYA/WFP: Through this event we provided a safe space for religiously-diverse youth to share information about their own faith and to learn more about other faith traditions. This is an important step to reduce common religious misconceptions and to advance interfaith relationships.

Fr. Ashraf Gill, Catholic Youth Director: The youth should get the chance to solve continuing interfaith differences by engaging in implementable interfaith activities, rather than interfaith seminaries or conferences which take place in an artificial environments, and which turned out to be of little efficiency in the Pakistani context.

At the end of the day all participants had the chance to share their feelings with the group and to explain what they have learned during the day. They were encouraged to make recommendations for future interfaith dialogue.

Recommendations:

  1. Young people should get a better chance to use their potentials and their creative ideas for interfaith dialogue and ecumenism. (Christian participants)
  2. Religious leaders should better include youth to solve ongoing religious gaps to promote peace and development in Pakistan. (Muslim & Hindu participants)
  3. Interfaith groups should be introduced in every educational institution in order to educate, interact, and to develop relations among religiously-diverse youth. (All participants)

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World Faith Announces New Chapter in Rajasthan, India 25 May , 2012

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We are excited to welcome our second chapter in India, World Faith Rajasthan – Rajputana Society of Natural History (“RSNH”). Under the leadership of Dr. Satya Prakash Mehra, Regional Director of World Faith Rajasthan, RSNH seeks to improve the water conditions in rural areas through the water project “One Source – One community”. The project aims at bringing the diverse sects from the target area together to work on a common mission – solving the water supply problem in their villages. The RSNH team organizes and carries out activities on water issues, including all sects and castes of the region, and encouraging community leaders to build one strong and united community.

For more information please visit: http://worldfaith.org/south-asia/47-rajasthan

 

World Faith Announces New Chapter In Uganda 24 May , 2012

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World Faith is excited to announce the creation of another chapter in Africa – World Faith Uganda. World Faith Uganda – Buganda Youth Council (“BYC”) & Children and Elderly Support Organization (“CESO”), seeks to transform the communities of Buganda through specific activities ranging from mobilizing, organizing, and empowering young people of different faiths and communities to lead development projects and serve their communities. Project focuses are agriculture and education. Under the leadership of Simon Ssenkaayi, National Director of World Faith Uganda, CESO & BYC aim at building a spirit of “unity in diversity” among young people from different faith backgrounds and leading regional development through sustainable youth-led initiatives.

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For more information visit: http://worldfaith.org/africa/48-uganda

 

World Faith Announces New Chapter In Tanzania 22 May , 2012

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We are happy to announce the creation of a new World Faith Chapter – World Faith Tanzania! World Faith Tanzania – YOPA (Youth Power in Action), is a program established in partnership with the International Development Fraternity (IDF) Tanzania. YOPA focuses on providing college students in Tanzania with the skills they need to prevent and control the spread of HIV, and to initiate their own micro-enterprise businesses. Additional project focuses are capacity building programs, the creation of self employment as well as youth empowerment. Under the leadership of Julius M. Limbitu, National Director of World Faith Tanzania, YOPA will pursue World Faith´s mission of interfaith cooperation through community service projects. We are excited to welcome our new chapter and look forward to a fruitful cooperatio

For more information visit: http://worldfaith.org/africa/45-tanzania

 

 
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