AFODE was formed in 2006 by two retired teachers living with HIV/AIDS and who had survived domestic violence in order to bring the community together and raise awareness of the daily struggles for women’s rights. Their district, Kasese, is in an area with a Bakonzo tribe majority, but is comprised of over ten different tribes with different religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Bisaka (indigenous), Christianity (Anglicans, Catholics, Pentecostals, Seventh Day Adventists), Tabliqs, and non-believers. AFODE’s scope of work covers human rights and good governance, environmental conservation and management, and economic empowerment.
This group develops different programs focused on youth empowerment, social justice awareness, health education and cultural events. They have a lot of experience in multifarious work in the social welfare and humanitarian fields. They have Christian, Muslim, and Hindu members in their group and they are also working with other religious groups, which will soon be part of their circle.
They also host interfaith meetings and social activities in various sacred places of different religions. They are very keen on engaging young people in interfaith dialogues, and organize interfaith youth encounters with adults with experience in different areas. They are given the space to raise critical questions like nuclear disarmament, political division of the country, and misinterpretations of scriptures. This group has supported URI development in Bangladesh.
AMALUMBO COMMUNITY TRUST (ACT) endeavors to promote a strong and self-sustaining community that is able to overcome the burdens and challenges of poverty, illiteracy, disease, unemployment and underdevelopment so as engage individuals in their own development and that of their community. The eastern part of Zambia has a lot of Muslims and Muslim institutions because that is where one of the oldest mosque is, it was built around 1957. The CC was formed by people from Islam, Christian and African Traditional communities. The issue of interfaith comes in but also environmental sustainability as part of all human shared responsibility towards nature. Zambia is a country plagued by land degradation a as a result of unsustainable farming practices such as shifting cultivation, continuous mono-cropping and over-grazing. Land degradation is severe in the Eastern province of Zambia and has resulted in low land productivity, sudden drops in crop yields and animal productivity, and animal diseases. Given that, an overwhelming majority of the rural population depends on agriculture, the effect of land degradation is deepening rural poverty. ACT is visionary, active, experienced and deeply passionate about finding sustainable solutions for these challenges facing our African nations, and they are able to connect the issue of poverty with the resulting deforestation so they truly have an understanding of where the core needs are. Rev Dennis Milanzi, primary contact of this CC, wrote in recently in a newspaper article: “My challenge is that many communities still think that tree planting is the responsibility of government, and they continue to harvest tree products without planting any trees. “
"Amar" means without death and "jyothi" means light. Amar Jyothi translates as perennial light. This CC aspires to be a source of light and hope in the world that never fades.
Amar Jyothi Centre is well known as it is the site of the Sadananda Ashram (Sada+ananda means always happy). We developed our own Ayurvedic medicinal system, the oldest system in India. All of our members reside in the ashram, which is a center of universal brotherhood. We work closely with the nearby agricultural university in Sadanandapuram to heal the environment. Members of our CC strive for a better world by promoting understanding among religions to protect the earth. We work toward this goal by conducting classes about religions and visiting centers of learning.
In 2012, members of the Amar Jyothi Centre participated in World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Indian National Assembly at Santiniketan, and the procession for International Day of Peace.
We have dedicated ourselves to spreading URI’s truth with perseverance. We believe that this truth will help sustain an enduring culture of peace. Our work is oriented toward youth, who are the future of our people. We hosted the Spanish Speaking CCs Regional Assembly "Practicing Equity, Reciprocity, and Naturality" in November of 2004. It was a great experience of shared wisdom and collaboration. We are planning to develop an apprenticeship program among members of different communities and villages. We celebrate International Day of Peace with the community in Ayacucho with media coverage.
Our purpose is to promote cooperation and acceptance.
The members of Ambala District CC assist people by providing food and shelter in times of floods and other natural calamities. We have participated in URI activities such as the Asia Regional Assembly, zonal meetings in Delhi and Patiala, the 2008 Global Assembly at Mayapur, and the National Assembly in South India. We also participate in regular annual events such as the International Day of Peace, United Nations Day, and International Non-Violence Day.
This group of women was formed as part of the Council of Religions and Life in Amsterdam in 1998. Even though the council stopped organizing activities and projects, the women’s group remained active and members will continue their work as a Cooperation Circle in URI Europe. This network organization of women from different cultural and spiritual backgrounds will promote dialogue and empowerment between women of various backgrounds in Amsterdam through the sharing of spiritual values and relevant topics such as identity, cooperation, trust, and spirituality. The group has organized different activities for almost 19 years. Some of their highlights are: Monthly dialogue meetings and events with a goal to meet each other, explore identity, and promote dialogue between different religious and spiritual groups; workshops about parenting and the importance of parenting in the modern world; and events about women, gender issues and race. They plan to involve more people in the future, especially young girls. They want to work on inter-generational dialogue. Amsterdam as a city is involved in inter-generational cooperation and living projects. Members of the Cooperation Circle want to give their contribution in this project. Also, they want to become mentors to young girls and to share their knowledge, experience, and wisdom.
Our Cooperation Circle responds to the health needs of the poor and works with local schools to curb the drop-out rate and give the education system a boost. We also care for orphans and are currently raising funds to construct a home for the elderly. Additionally, we organize and mobilize local groups to serve society by doing activities like hosting blood drives and planting trees.
To promote peace through understanding and fulfilling the basic needs of every community member.
With the hopes of spreading a culture of tolerance in Tunisia, members arranged a meeting for 30 bloggers from across Tunisia to come up with a Charter/Code of Ethics to ensure that they will not spread rumors or fake news and will not promote violence. They also ran a campaign to spread awareness about the HIV (AIDS) disease; they organized a rap music party for 120 youth, and spread AIDS awareness. They organized capacity building for newly established non-profit organizations, teaching them how to blog and publish their work on social media. This group’s most memorable moment was spending time with talented but impoverished youth, helping them create art. CC members’ future plans include creating more films about youth in neglected areas in order to have their voices heard across the country. They also hope to establish a radio show to unite youth.
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