Our purpose is to promote interfaith harmony, peace, justice, respect, and understanding.
Our Cooperation Circle operates a school by the name of Vision Public School. In addition to studying and socializing together, the Muslim and Christian students at our school participate in interfaith prayer every morning. The students pray for peace and justice. We also run vocational schools for Christian and Muslim women and girls to help them become self-sufficient.
Distributing relief packages in Swat Valley in every year is another integral part of our work.
We strive to promote peaceful conflict resolution, encourage economic and social justice, preserve planetary beauty and resources, and work toward peace.
The name of this CC comes from the Punjabi words, Ik - One, and Onkar, meaning the Creator manifests Its Self in Its Creation, which is the foundation of Sikh practice. Our Trustees are from a variety of professional backgrounds and bring to the work their own experiences, as well as their lived reality of working in an interfaith, intercultural environment. We offer our gifts as services, designed to support our mission statement by providing: 1) Organizational consultation (fee based on ability to pay) to assist in the harmony, creativity and development of any community or inter- community organization; 2) Workshops to develop positive leadership within business and human service organizations; 3) Sacred spaces and events for intra-, interfaith dialogue and exploration of multi-cultural conflict resolution; and 4) Speakers to share the Ik Onkar experience and its network of local and global interfaith organizations. In addition, our organization feeds the homeless every winter in Concord California for the past four years. We also have an international essay contest for two groups. One group is ages 14-18 and the second group is 19-25 years of age. This essay contest requires the participant's to answer a question regarding their faith and how their faith promotes peace and respect for different belief systems.
Impart Liberia is a registered national Non-Governmental Organization that addresses the issue of social injustices affecting females, to reduce the gap of inequalities and build bridges between people of different backgrounds. In Liberia, conflicts are fueled by the tenacity to force a false cause, most times propagated by extremists, and this is secretly evolving in deep division among youths. Waves of sectarian violence and terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Chad, Tunisia, Cameroon and other parts of the world deepen the gap. Christians and other religions hold Muslims primarily responsible for this inhumane act of civilians. By bringing together people of different beliefs and minds, Cooperation Circle members want to inspire change. The organization conducts trainings, summits, conferences and empowerment programs. They have organized community forums and soccer tournaments. They handle the various challenges to peace, reconciliation and development through their work with youth from different backgrounds. They sincerely believe a mixed composition in work-force as a mean of improving growth and development. They hope to extend their "I Learn to Earn" project for vulnerable women to five other countries with higher proportions of survivors of all forms of sexual and gender based violence. This extension would consider the construction of junior community college for marginalized women only.
Indian Dalit Ecumenical Federation CC is located in Kerala, India. The CC’s main purpose is to promote harmonious co-existence among religions and to work for the betterment of the conditions of the oppressed. Indian Dalit Ecumenical Federation CC is composed of a group of Aborigines (Dalits), Hindus, Christians and Muslims striving to uplift their communities. In addition to conducting interfaith seminars, the Indian Dalit Ecumenical Foundation CC runs a Peace Centre where courses, leadership training, and women’s welfare programs are offered. The CC collaborates with a variety of organizations for programs and is at the forefront in their work for peace and social justice in Kerala.
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Indlondlo Zulu Dancers is a group of 44 young men under the age of 23 and their small group of leaders/ trainers/ managers / mentors, who live and dance in the village of KwaNyavu in the Mkhambathini Municipal area known as Cato Ridge, Durban, South Africa. The name “Indlondlo” means Green Mamba – a type of snake that has a special place in the traditional medicine of the Zulu people. The name was chosen because it implies that no-one can match this group. The Green Mamba overcomes all adversity. This kind of cultural pride and intercultural sharing means a lot in South Africa, where hearts are still bleeding so badly from the wounds of the past. True education, understanding and respect is nurtured through the stories that are told and also through song and dance. This CC is providing positive models for young men in a background lacking of male role models which has devastated our communities in the history of a nation whose families were torn apart because men often had to live apart from their families, forced to migrate in search of work. This CC represents the magic ingredient of hope and belief in a better world.
Indlondlo Zulu Dancers Cultural and Art Centre intends to encourage the youth to practice cultural traditions and to stay away from drugs and criminal activities. The group was created at a school. They were just dancing together without thinking they could ever do this for a living, make a difference or link with big organizations. Back in 2010, their mentor saw them performing, without guidance and started helping them, buying costumes etc to keep them doing what is good and not getting involved in bad behavior. CC members want to build a home for the boys so that they have more space, more publicity, more time to practice. These boys are working together, understanding each other and building respect for each other. The boys have become a good model for other youth to follow. They have won prizes and received international invitations There is no discrimination between Christian, Traditionals, Rastafarians and anyone else – they are one, there is no colour, no religious issues. They are just doing what is good in a spirit of togetherness, justice and peace. This is their message through dance and music.
Primarily, Initiative for a Positive Future Togo (IPF-Togo) is a local NGO registered with the government of Togo. Their activities are mainly focused on child wellbeing and education ,youth development and people’s empowerment. They empower poor families, young people and communities through teaching and community projects in the South West Togo. Their hope and future plan is to change the name of our actual group to a new denomination as separate NGO with the unique purpose to promote interfaith dialogue and peace education taking in consideration people’s needs in the country of Togo
Our purpose is to develop social and cultural solidarity in the disadvantaged area of Dinajpur, the districts in the northern part of Bangladesh.
The Dinajpur District, which is one of the largest in Bangladesh, consists of Bengali and Indigenous (Adivasi) people. The Adivasis live well below the poverty line. This group of people is exploited, disenfranchised, and has no access to resources or support for their development. Our Cooperation Circle strives to reestablish the rights of the Adivasi people. We also build bridges of understanding between members of different faiths by celebrating religious festivals.
Our CC members are followers of different religions who work together for common issues in Burundi such as promoting environmental protection and social development in the country.
Our purpose is to create a social platform for all voices to be heard, so that justice can be upheld.
We develop our work in Jharkhand, a state that is a hot spot of tension and conflict. Although Jharkhand is abundant in natural resources, there is a shortage of food and poverty is extreme. The state is also characterized by its human rights violations. In light of these challenges, we are working with like-minded organizations, the government, and the media to highlight the needs of people and raise the voices of those at the grassroots level to the national level. In collaboration with the local government, we have created employment in areas where there is conflict. We also provide legal assistance to needy people.
Since religious practices and beliefs play a major role in our country, and we are working to build a society free from discrimination, we encourage interfaith activities. We host interfaith dialogue groups to resolve issues between workers and those in authority. In the future, we plan to continue to take a stand on human rights issues and to promote interreligious learning and sharing through community service programs, children's education, and environmental protection projects.
Our work began in 2004 with the purpose of preventing conflict and promoting peace, security and non violence throughout the world. We carry out our activities through research, training and interventions. We are interested in increasing our partnerships with faith-based and interfaith organizations. We offer capacity building in conflict resolution and peace building skills throughout Africa.