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Demolition of Kidwai Nagar Slum, New Delhi 18 June , 2012

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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) demolished 25-30 shelters in the slum of Kidwai Nagar. World Faith India managed to call a hold to the demolition presenting an official court order asking the MCD to leave the slum.

 

World Environment Day 2012 Rajasthan, India 12 June , 2012

Chak Ramnagar village: Three women self-help groups including 65 women work on different issues concerning the village development. With the formal introduction of World Faith Rajasthan in May 2012, the village women focused on mobilizing people of all sects and castes to support their work. In the morning hours of the May 23, 2012, 25 women started to remove plastic bags from the village in order to make the village plastic-free. They cleaned the village and the water sources from thrown away plastic bags and managed to mobilize a great number of villagers, especially women, to join them in their efforts.

Ramnagar village: World Faith Rajasthan organized a meeting to bring together all the sects residing in the village to resolve the water and other socio-environmental problems of the village. The meetings was an interactive dialogue session lead by Dr. (Mr.) Satya Prakash Mehra and Dr. (Mrs.) Sarita Mehra along with the local community leaders focusing on the positive impact interfaith collaboration can make when working on solving the village’s water problem.

 

News from Rajasthan, India 5 June , 2012

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

 

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 India Steps Up 7 November , 2011

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World Faith India is very active in a region called Okhla, where a local slum has recently been devastated by fire. 2 people were killed and 6 were seriously injured. A team from WFI was the first to reach the area and begin relief work, and their presence helped to save lives by setting up tents, organizing medical camps for the affected people, and providing two meals daily to 120 victims.

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This is a perfect example of the kind of work that happens in World Faith chapters all over the world–members stepping up in humanitarian crises.

 

Interfaith News Brief August 2011 2 August , 2011

Dhaka: International interfaith workshop in Bangladesh affirms diversity 

Twenty-four participants and six facilitators from Nine countries gathered at the YMCA Training Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from July 9 to 24, 2011, for the interfaith workshop, “Dialogue in Diversity” hosted by the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh and conducted by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF), a joint program of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) in Hong Kong and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The participants included Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians from Cambodia, India, Laos, Pakistan and Thailand as well as Bangladesh. For the first time, an ICF program also included people from outside of Asia as seven participants from the YMCA in England took part as increasingly people of different faiths are finding themselves living in the same community, such as in Bradford.

On 9 July opening programme was chaired by Mr. Babu Markus Gomes, President of the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh and Father Benjamin Costa, CSC, Principal of the Notre Dame College was present as a chef guest. Max Ediger, Bruce Van Voorhis from ICF and Jose Varghese from APAY were attended as organizers. In the concluding ceremony Kohei Yamada, General Secretary of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) attended as a Chief Guest.

 

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Working Towards a State of Peace 4 May , 2011

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An army of 5,000 messengers is fanning out all over Nagaland to set up a “culture of peace”.

The messengers – school and college students, teachers and civil society leaders – are part of the ‘Peace Channel’ pioneered by Father C. P. Anto.

“The Peace Channel is a new attempt to educate young people in peace and human rights,” says Father Mathew Thuniampral, who directs Kohima diocese’s Education Commission

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French Volunteers with Humari Dunya visit Rainbow School in New Delhi 18 December , 2009

Here is the story of some volunteers from the Humary Dunya exchange who went to India to work with the World Faith New Delhi Chapter.  Here is what they had to say:

At 5 PM, we joined Shakeel in front of the station of Old Delhi. After taking the subway to its terminus, we reached an area that we did not know and it was already dark. We felt a little lost but fortunately Shakeel guided us. After a while, we took a small road that plunged into darkness.

Gradually, as we walked, we found people gathered around fires, children playing in the waste piles of garbage, and finally, a tangle of sheets and plastic sheeting … The entrance of the slum where 2,000 people live in an extreme poverty. We followed Shakeel in the maze of tiny alleys to a small door, a dark and narrow staircase and finally a small room of just 15 sq meters opened to the winds: the school ! We had gone through such dark places, met people so dirty and so poor, seen as waste and misery. Now, we arrived in this small room where forty children smiled us! An emotion never felt before!

Three walls decorated with posters were enough to house the only school of the slum. The children were huddled against each other, sitting on the floor, watching a computer. We have therefore taken place among the children and we have discussed with Shakeel and the schoolmaster. Here, the school is in the evening for two hours. If the school has such schedules it’s because most of the children work during the day. All these children come from Bengal (a state in eastern India), their families came to Delhi with the hope of earning more money. Now they live in these slums and remain extremely poor. The government school is too expensive for the parents who have no other choice but to make their children work to earn enough money to feed the whole family. The children then spend their days in the bins for sorting waste to sell a few pieces of plastic. Fortunately, the night school allows them to learn to read and write, so that one day they can get out of this misery.
There are thousands, millions of people living in these conditions in India. They are excluded from society and try to survive day by day. Despite this misery, we were welcomed very warmly and we have never felt that we were in danger. It is very hard to describe the emotions we felt. We were two rich western people facing these children so poor. A great meeting!

Shakeel and his Haq NGO’s have created several such schools in other slums. His actions give hope for a better life to hundreds of children. We do not talk enough about these people who act in the shade and do so much to help others! Today, Shakeel is looking for some volunteers to work in these schools and for some donors to improve the working conditions of the children … Any takers?

If you want to see our reports about the interfaith meeting and the heritage school, you can go on our website: www.lecoledesautres.fr.

 

Days of Interfaith Youth Service 2009 12 April , 2009

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As this time of year rolls again, World Faith is glad to announce that we are continuing to expand.  We have several chapters in development in India, and we are expecting new locations to take part in the Days of Interfaith Youth Service this year.

I know that I am hardly blogging these days, and that my posts have been infrequent, short, and more of a World Faith update system than a blog about relevant issues in the interfaith movement.  Give me some time and I will remedy the situation.  I just moved, am working several jobs while still developing World Faith, and find little time to keep up some of the small things.  Thank you to those of you who still read these!

 

Return from India… 27 January , 2009

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Hey All,

I know I have neglected my duties of blogging for quite some time.  I will begin writing again now that I am back in New York after traveling for the past two months, most recently in India.  Essentially my plan is to recount what happened in India through a series of posts, in which I’ll include some photos and videos, etc.  Here is my first installment:

Day 1:   In the dawn of the first day in Delhi, a thick fog clouds the city.  For years I have been enamored with aspects of South Asian culture.  Having studied Kajira rhythms and amassing a decent library of both traditional and modern Indian music, I was ready to embrace a culture that I had already felt comfortable with before arriving.  India is beautiful.  Yet within a few minutes in Delhi, a whole new world begins to present itself.  The intense poverty is overwhelming, as children, often crippled, beg at every intersection in the city.  India is dirty.  I don’t mean this in a negative way, but this constant sense of contradiction in India.  Beauty and trajedy.  Even the term snake charmer fits the bill… Why would anyone want to charm a snake?  

 

I also felt a big isolated, for the first time in years.  While I have been doing significant amounts of traveling in the past few years, it has been to places where I feel comfortable with the language, know many people, and at least have some hope of blending in.  Knowing no Hindi/Urdu, I stuck out in India, towering over the men an average of five inches, and a foot over the women.  Luckily the Humari Dunya director, Soofia Ahmed, was there to help, with her husband Zubair. It was an unfamiliar feeling to me to be a complete outsider.