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Channeling Progress Through Pakistan’s Youth Panel 16 January , 2013

Praises for World Faith Pakistan’s National Director, Shahid Rehmat, on participation in a panel discussion with The Atlantic Council’s South Asian Center called, “Channeling Progress through Pakistan’s Youth.” The panelists were chosen as part of the Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) 2012 Fellowship Class. The panel took place this past Saturday, January 12th, at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Here is a description from the program page:

With the majority of its population under the age of thirty, Pakistan’s future trajectory will greatly depend on its ability to engage its young and growing demographic.  To help empower these young people in Pakistan, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center launched the Emerging Leaders of Pakistan fellowship program, which seeks to identify and support the country’s brightest young civil society leaders through the creation of collaborative and proactive network.

For more information about the panel, click here, and check out photos from the event below!

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World Faith Pakistan on the Culture of Peace News Network 17 September , 2012

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Greetings from Lahore, Pakistan!! Interfaith Youth in Action (IYA), a network of diverse faith youth and a project of Youth Development Foundation (YDF) with Separate leadership and local chapter of World Faith USA, is a non-profit, non-government and secular organization led by young people from diverse faiths and backgrounds in Pakistan. IYA serves as a network of diverse youth to promote pluralism and mutual respect for religious diversity and bridge building among youth of different faiths through interfaith dialogues, friendly relationship and human based coexistent.

 

Our purpose is to provide opportunity and safe spaces for the youth of each faith to come together to build understanding, reduce misconceptions and develop healthy relationship through social activities, exposures visits, interfaith celebrations, sports gathering and community service activities to promote interfaith dialogues and relationship building by interaction and practical action for peace and harmony in Pakistani context.

We have been implementing our various peace advocacy projects mainly in post conflicts areas like Lahore, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi; Solidarity has been one of the focal themes in promoting and advocating peace as a way of life.

Originally posted on CPNN: http://cpnn-world.org/cgi-bin/read/articlepage.cgi?ViewArticle=932

 

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 Pakistan Women’s Adult Education Ceremony 1 August , 2011

Interfaith Youth in Action’s (IYA), a Project of Youth Development Foundation (YDF) and a local Chapter of World Faith, celebrated the completion of 25 domestic worker women who completed a six month Adult Education/literacy course. Interfaith Youth Action’s mission is to promote the importance of adult education in needed communities of Pakistan. This program is not only a way to help improve the lives of these women, but it stands as an example of interfaith youth collaboration and cooperation. The program provides safe spaces and opportunities for young volunteers of diverse faiths to interact and dialogues while educating and transforming skills these women of diverse religious and backgrounds.

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World Faith Pakistan Hosts World Blood Donor Day 15 June , 2011

On 14 June 2011, World Faith Pakistan participated in the Catholic Youth Ministry Archdiocese of Lahore “World Blood Donor Day” for the first time.  The event took place at Caritas Hall in the Cathedral Church of Lahore. The Catholic Youth Ministry also teamed up with supporting partner organizations such as Giyan Foundation, Youth Development Foundation(YDF), Hand in Hand and Seeds to host the event. The celebration began with enthusiastic and motivational words, as well as a blessing from Bishop Sebastian Shaw (Bishop of Archdiocese Lahore) and Rev. Ashraf Gill (Archdioceses Lahore Youth Director). As many as 250 youth participated from across the Archdiocese of Lahore and more than 50 blood bags have been donated to Thalassemia society of Pakistan. The blood is predominately for patients with thalassemia, a blood disorder, and especially for new born babies who are fighting for their survival.

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Kickoff of the First Woman Adult Education Center in Lahore, Pakistan 27 January , 2011

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On January 22nd 2011 at 2 pm, World Faith held a ceremony to kick off the first Women Adult Education Center in Shadbagh, Lahore, Pakistan. More than forty-five women and some religious leaders from the surrounding areas participated in this event showing their support and encouragement for the Woman Adult Education Center. By the close of the day, twenty-five women even enrolled their names for the center’s first course! World Faith would like to thank all those who attended this event and who have shown support for this initiative and its continued success.

You can find out more about Interfaith Youth in Action (IYA), the Lahore, Pakistan chapter of the World Faith International Service Network by visiting them on Facebook.