ANT-Hiroshima is a non-governmental organization based in Japan which draws its inspiration from the experience of the A-bomb survivors who, together with support from the international community, worked to rebuild their shattered city in a spirit of peace and reconciliation. In a similar spirit, ANT-Hiroshima is involved in a range of relief, reconstruction, and peace-building projects in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, and the Philippines.
ANT-Hiroshima’s work is rooted in its mission to provide the victims of natural disasters and violence with both material and emotional support. We bring a human touch to the provision of emergency relief in areas devastated by disaster and conflict by providing immediate material needs like food, clothing, water, shelter, and medical supplies and services with warmth and compassion.
Through programs in education, we also strive to stimulate the awareness and action of young people toward both the needs of both their local communities and the international community.
To learn more about our work, visit our website at www.ant-hiroshima.org.
Our purpose is to train young people to be peacebuilders.
The word Anugraha means the house of grace. The members of Anugraha strive for the unity of religious communities in India, especially among the student population in the southwestern state of Kerala. We have taken on the responsibility of imparting a new vision to young people to help them build a future for India without religious conflict.
Supporting a tuition center for low-income students, providing assistance to blind schoolchildren, and distributing study kits are a few of the ways that we invest in the education and development of youth in Kerala. Some of our other activities include cleaning hospitals, visiting holy places, holding interfaith seminars, and hosting art competitions.
Our purpose is to promote interfaith cooperation by fostering a culture of peace and nonviolence through education.
This CC instills moral and spiritual values through international programs focused on peace, non-violent action, and interfaith dialogue. They celebrate their success on occasions such as International Day of Peace, United Nations Day, and International Non-Violence Day.
On Jan 5, 2014 Anuvrat Global Organization (ANUVIBHA) (www.anuvibha.in) organized the 8th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action with the theme Towards a Nonviolent Future : Seeking Realistic Models of Peaceful Co-existence. More than 170 people hailing from 20 countries took part in it. Those who came were highly committed people, who have long been dreaming of a peaceful world, a world not fragmented by narrow boundaries of caste, colour, riches, poverty, religion, politics, a world where all live equally in dignity and happiness, a world free from exploitation, inequality, injustice and prejudices. They were also hoping that the mother earth is no more subjected to torture through overexploitation of its resources by humans through their greed and unrestrained lifestyle. They were those who were self-trasnsformed and wanted to see others to change their ways to save the planet.
They shared their visions with one another and after thoughtful deliberations they issued the Jaipur Declaration in the form of a nine petalled flower of peace. Each petal consists of some abstinences embedded in small vows (anuvratas). anu means small and a vrata means a vow. Can the world be made better through these anuvratas (small vows). I am of the view that this Declaration encompasses all the levels at which a change must occur. It is accompanied by illuminating notes by Dr. Thomas Daffern, Director, International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy based in Scotland who also drafted it. It was endorsed by all before it is circulated worldwide. It can be sent on request. I urge you to read it and also send your views
Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city with a large population of Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Dalits and a few Buddhist and Sikhs. Moreover, a large population from outside Kerala and abroad also have settled in Cochin, as it is a hi-tech city. It is very important to build cordial relations among these communities. Violence erupts occasionally in different parts due to terrorism and political manipulation. It is very important to foster interfaith relations among various communities, and this CC is mainly formed by artists who plan to do it through filmmaking. For now, the group's most memorable activity has been the production of films showcasing Holy Books Conferences, first at Kottarakara in 2013, and second at Colombo in 2015). They have also produced a film on Cancer Care, which has been widely published in TV programs.
The Mission of AFN is to bring together People of Faith, under the inspiration of God, as a bridge to understanding and action: Being Together, Talking Together, Acting Together. The Organization places a priority on building relationships, getting to know each other, praying together and working together in support of their agreed-upon mission. Members are committed to mutual fellowship and support, and will seek to better understand each other by affirming their commonalities and understanding their differences. Through relationships they aim to create change. They will partner with other organizations and individuals to devote their collective action to bringing about positive social change.
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Arunima Literary Club is an absolutely no communal and nonpolitical Cultural Organization. They hope that through the activities of the club they will be able to create a model society of the enlightened and cultured people who will stand by the suffering humanity. They work to develop the literary talents and humanitarian qualities of members of the club through the study of literature and other cultural and humanitarian activities. They provide them with books and inspire them to read the books, they encourage members to recite and write poem, short story, essay, novel etc, and sing and compose song in Bangla language taking part in any kind of humanitarian activities when necessary and developing friendship among the members irrespective of cast, creed & faith. , Their vision to work with the young generation is highly appreciated, specially helping to seed a consciousness of respecting each religion equally among the masses though education and literature.
Asia Culture House was established in 2015 in Afghanistan which—among other challenges—is continuingly being threatened by religious extremism, sectarian violence, and discrimination against religious minorities such as the Sikh community. Asia Culture House promotes peaceful co-existence through cultural exchange and using art, facilitating networking, indulging in knowledge generation and analysis, and providing capacity development services and advocating in specialized areas: visual arts, theater, music, performance art, literature, mixed media, global network and education. Asia Culture House functions following its annual plan, which includes both cultural and artistic programs—among others, the Afghanistan’s Traditional Dress Festival which specially focuses on marginalized cultures. Furthermore, Asia Culture House has organized socio-cultural programs advocating peace and social harmony. Asia Culture House and its members are committed to advocating for a plural and diverse society. In doing so, it abides by principles of transparency in its conducts, accountability to its members and the community, and its code of ethics and URI. As members, they plan to focus on building bridges between Sikhs and Muslims, various factions of Islam, promoting peaceful co-existence among various ethnicities residing in Afghanistan.
Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) was established in 1996 as an Asian initiative to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities particularly in the areas of children education, child rights, women empowerment and youth leadership development.
ARF is conceived as a mechanism to mobilize human and financial resources to respond to the emergency needs of the people affected by natural disaster which includes emergency relief and reconstruction programs.
Asia being a multi-cultural region is a platform for interfaith and intercultural cooperation for peace and development. Despite its Asian origin, since its inception, ARF has established links and cooperation with philanthropic individuals and organizations around the world.
The international secretariat is in Bangkok, Thailand is responsible for programs operating across over 20 Asian and Middle Eastern countries. ARF has 3 county field offices in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.
Main objectives are: To build awareness to mobilize and share resources for welfare, emergency needs and holistic development, To support the participatory local initiatives of young people, the poor and marginalized sections of society in order to stimulate self-reliance and sustainability, To develop interfaith, inter-ethnic and inter cultural understanding and cooperation for the promotion and protection of human rights, peace and social harmony, To undertake participatory action research and publish works that promote greater awareness and policy advocacy. To achieve these goals ARF mobilizesfunds and campaign launches for emergency needs and to support people’s initiatives in the fields of education, empowerment and economic self-reliance , builds capacity of young leadership, NGOs and networks for the promotion of cooperation in the areas of peace education and development, organizes trainings, workshops, seminars, conferences and exchanges on major issues which affect people’s livelihood, peace, progress, sustainability and freedom, cooperates with academic institutions in the fields of policy research and publication, promotes of trans border cooperation and solidarity networks.
All members of this CC were participants in the first URI gathering in Latin America in 1997 and are today very active in interfaith work and very much engaged in supporting URI development in Argentina. This CC has a range of diverse activities and meets regularly.