CARAVAN develops artistic initiatives that bring together the creeds and cultures of the East and West. These include a wide range of programs and services: exhibitions, festivals, seminars, forums, lectures, concerts, screenings, exchanges, artist's representation, consulting, patronage, etc. In carrying out its mission, CARAVAN works closely with many diverse partners in the East and West, including artists, curators, grassroots non-profits/NGOs, galleries, museums, educational institutions, art fairs, faith communities/religious institutions, interfaith organizations, art auction houses, etc. While CARAVAN has a primary focus on the visual arts (painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual, installation, etc) they also focus on the full-range of creative artistic expression, such as the fields of music, literature, film/drama and dance .CARAVAN’s primary inter-religious focus is on building bridges between the monotheistic faiths, and their cultures, that have originated in the Middle East: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Druze and Baha’i. However, CARAVAN also works wherever there is conflict involving one of these religions with that of another religion that has not originated from the Middle East (i.e. between Islam and Hinduism in India, or between Buddhism and Islam in Burma).CARAVAN’s primary, albeit not exclusive, intercultural focus is on enhancing the relationship between the West and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region, which includes the entire Mediterranean Basin. In addition to encouraging friendship, deepening respect, enhancing understanding and facilitating sharing between the East and the West through the Arts, many of CARAVAN’s creative programs have two other sub-objectives: 1) the intention to encourage the development of local contemporary arts and 2) a charitable component that seeks to bring hope and assistance to individuals that are in need (economically, socially, physically) irrespective of creed.
India is diverse and the issues of caste and religion have divided the societies into fragments. Gram Swawlambhi Swadeshi Swaraj Foundation (G3S) aims to unite the nation in one by interacting with every religion on one platform through common activities like SDGs, Education, generating Self Rural economy.
G3S foundation is a huge group of young committed and talented college students who are very enthusiastic about working for the society. Their small endeavors of working with street children, teaching orphans, and educating children from rural and underprivileged society are making a difference in the lives of many who otherwise could not have availed themselves of this opportunity for education and care. Furthermore, the commitment in the group towards the environment and a greener society is note-worthy; among their future plans, members have spreading awareness of conservation and cleanliness. They want to stop migration of rural communities’ people to urban areas for their livelihood and just make village communities independent. They want to save the environment from global warming. They also organize the activities related to enlightening the villages and supporting education, such as Bal Panchayat (creating the awareness to rural children), Mathematics Talent Hunt, and Adarsh Putahu (household creative activities like planting, education awareness, health awareness, village economy developments, handicrafts, and formation of self-helped groups).
Onkar Academy CC members are running cultural centers in various places where children and youth are the main area of focus. Attendees manifest their art, drama, and musical talents in youth outreach; many of them now serve a very prominent role in the community. In India, some young adults that are pushed to study engineering and medical sciences become very depressed at a later age. In response, CC members are providing children, as well as young adults, a platform to follow their inner calling so that they can pursue a carrier in art or music with a respect of all castes and traditions if this is their dream.
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Sagara CC is the first URI unit in a government school in Kerala. The school has about 1000 students who belong to various religious communities. Students usually fight on various grounds. Forty students and several staff members, who belong to different religions such as Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Dalits, have decided to form the Cooperation Circle to help bridge differences. Their intention is to create awareness among the student community with regard to interreligious understanding. They want to be a model to the seniors in fostering harmony and peace in the society. This young group is also concerned about the protection of Mother Earth, which is very vital to existence. To achieve their purpose, they have conducted training programs for students, teachers and community leaders on leadership building, skill development, nature protection, etc.
Our CC has been teaching young people about HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health, in order to shape the youth to become productive citizens. We have an orphan and vulnerable children center, where orphans and vulnerable children are given basic education as any other children who have parents that can support their early education. We intend to open a youth center and are working to encourage adolescent girls who drop out of school because of pregnancies to go back to school.