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Pictures from the Day of Interfaith Youth Service 24 April , 2013

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For this year’s Day of Interfaith Youth Service, World Faith teamed up with local students to volunteer with Harlem Grown. If you’re in NY, volunteer hours are every Saturday until June, 10-4– swing by and get your hands dirty doing something fun!

(You don’t actually have to get your hands dirty- there are gloves.)

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Summer Fellowship Program 2012 – Call For Applications 25 April , 2012

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Last day to apply for Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN) ummer Fellowship Program 2012.

MPSN believes that the only way to make a difference in this world is by serving others – and what better way than training to be a civic leader in the nation’s capital?

For the last 18 years MPSN has been working on creating civic leaders, who have gone on to become distinguished scholars, civil rights advocates, researchers, lawyers and excelled in any profession that they have chosen.

About the MPSN Fellowship Program

Fellows participate in a rigorous eight-week curriculum taught by leading scholars and experts. The classes and workshops are designed to strengthen their understanding of the relationship between faith-based principles and the ethics of public service and civic engagement. Fellows are also paired with past program alumni, successful American Muslim leaders, as mentors to provide one-on-one support for career and personal development. Room and board are provided in Washington, D.C. by MPSN.

MPSN alumni have gone on to distinguished public service careers with many prestigious organizations, including senior positions in the Obama Administration, Bush Administration, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. House of Representatives, United Nations, Center for American Progress, NAACP, Brookings Institute, McKinsey & Co., Bain & Co. and numerous non-profit, consulting and education agencies. Several alumni have gone on to earn Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Soros fellowships.

To provide scholarships to needy students, we have an ISF-MPSN scholarship – in partnership with the Islamic Scholarship Fund.

You can apply at http://www.muslimpublicservice.org/apply

For more information, log onto: http://muslimpublicservice.org

 

Join World Faith for the Week of Interfaith Youth Service 13 April , 2011

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Want to lead an interfaith community service project?  Join World Faith in Week of Interfaith Youth Service!   Around the world, young people like you are volunteering in soup kitchens, cleaning parks, and assisting the elderly as an expression of interfaith community service.
Want to join?  In the next two weeks, bring together 5-10 young volunteers from various faith traditions for a community service project.  Don’t have a project?  Find a homeless shelter near you and ask what you can do!
Participating young people should email us to register their project, and then email photos, stories, or video links afterwards for a chance to be on the World Faith blog and newsletter!
If you still don’t know where to start, reach out and we can help you get started!
 

Anju Bhargava Huff Post- Holi: Colorful Celebration of Equality 28 March , 2011

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Hindu festivals are communal celebrations through which an aspect of the universal Truth is brought to life. The rituals of the festival are intended to strengthen bonds between and within families and communities.

Holi is celebrated on the Purnima (Full Moon Day) of Hindu Lunar Calendar Month of Phalgun over 2 days.

On the first night an effigy of Holika is burnt to represent the victory of good over evil. Neem leaves are burned to represent removal of bitterness of life, leaving the sweetened medicinal value. It is also a time for cleansing and burning all negativities and trash of the winter in a bonfire.

On the second day spring is heralded colorfully. READ MORE

 

 

Interfaith Network of Care celebrating 15th anniversary of helping neighbors

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MILLTOWN — It’s a chilly morning and Madelyn Brodhead, an elderly resident of East Brunswick, has a 10:30 a.m. physical therapy appointment scheduled across town.

Her vision is impaired, she no longer can drive, and she has difficulty making her way down to her own curb from her home tucked away deep on a suburban street.

It’s a perfect opportunity for Interfaith Network of Care Inc. to help.

The Milltown-based nonprofit organization has about 150 volunteers serving about 600 care receivers throughout Middlesex County.

Longtime volunteer Jean Wetzel showed up and gave Madelyn a ride.

“My goodness, it’s just wonderful, Jean’s been taking me once a week to physical therapy for a month now — I really appreciate it,” said Brodhead, who found out about the service when reading her church bulletin at Immaculate Conception Church in Spotswood.

“I reached out to them, I called,” said Brodhead.

Wetzel, also a retired East Brunswick resident, is a 13-year volunteer for Interfaith, where she helps as a driver and caregiver.

“I enjoy helping people, it makes me feel good,” said Wetzel.

On April 3, Interfaith will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a brunch from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pines Manor in Edison. READ MORE

 

 

Muslims and Jews: Serving Together 7 February , 2011

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It sounds like a dream: a Muslim woman wearing a full head covering, laughing and joking with an orthodox rabbi as they paint a mural of Run-DMC for Brooklyn schoolchildren. But on Martin Luther King Day, 2011, that dream was real.

On that day, over 50 Muslims and Jews gathered together in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn to participate in the kickoff event for United in Service: The Jewish Muslim Volunteer Alliance (JMVA). They came came from the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals New York Chapter, Uri L’Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, or because they heard about the groundbreaking event from family or friends. Together, they painted several large murals inside IS 292 junior high school.” READ MORE

 

World Faith Argentina Launched! 28 April , 2010

Halima Samad, the Regional Director of the Tri-State Area, has been abroad for awhile, including her current stop in Buenos Aires.  While there, she has been volunteering, learning Spanish, and best of all, helping to form a World Faith Chapter there.  Buenos Aires is one of the largest and most diverse cities in South America.  We are excited to me connecting with local young people who wish to redefine faith relations in their community.

Yesterday they had their first event, in which they delivered food to the homeless and those involved in the informal recycling industry on the streets at night.  They had 20 volunteers, and reached many more of the homeless through the project.  Be sure to tell your friends about it, and join them on the World Faith Argentina Facebook Page.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Lunge: The Conviction becomes a Life Sentence 29 February , 2008

So the big question everyone is asking me:

“Frank, What’s next?”

Other than praying that I don’t fail my final two classes and working hard at the Italian culture organization, I have reached an epiphany. I will work full-time on World Faith after I graduate. I will take the Lunge

If finding a job isn’t intimidating, most people think it is crazy to attempt to be self-employed. However I am going a step further and doing so with a non-profit. I also run a record label, but I very well may close it during the summer if it does not progress profitably. So I will begin working to secure funding for the project between now and graduation. If by graduation we have not raised sufficient funds for full-time support, I will continue with my summer plans of developing and building our projects in India, Lebanon, and Egypt.

In the meantime we are considering adding a new program to the World Faith network which will essentially be a music camp for Palestinian and Israeli children in Israel. We are exploring logistically how that association would take form. Our programming team at NYU has grown to over 10 as begin planning for our WEEK of Interfaith Service, coming this April. This will be my last event as Chapter President of World Faith NYU, and begin my journey of realizing the worthy ideal of World Faith.

That’s all for now. I wish I had more to write, but as the opportunities abound, ambiguity resides. In the next 6 weeks I will be in conferences in Boston, the CGI in New Orleans, Chicago, and on a panel at the Q Conference in NYC. I see that my past two posts, over a month old each, are still on the top list, so its nice to know someone else out there is reading. As long as that’s the case I will try to keep writing… 🙂