7 (seven) Members
Traditions: Christian Catholic , Christian Maronite , Druze , Islam Muslim Shi’a See All
Region:Middle East and North Africa
Our CC works in a reputed Teachers' Training College in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. We have about 200 members who are all teacher trainees. We organize a number of programs every year bringing together students from different communities. We adopted a nearby village and designed various programs to uplift the people there. We invite a lot of prominent religious speakers and listen to the tenets of all important religions. We regularly participate in the Annual Youth camp and other zonal activities.
Activities of Nalantha Institute of Social Studies include building peace and harmony and inter religious harmony. They also work in social development in Tamilnadu, specifically in Dindigul District focusing on Women, Children, Youths and Elders in areas of Health, Water & Sanitation, Livelihood Promotion, Education and Environment Protection. The desired outcome of their work includes reducing poverty, increasing employment and education, improving health condition of the community and building peace and harmony among people of different religions.They have two old age homes with residents each. They have an institute under the Nalantha Educational Trust which offers various training workshops. They have also several publications to their credit.
This group desires to contribute to the mission of the Scarritt Bennett Center with programs in justice, equality, faith and spirituality; work with the Nashville Cordell-Hull United Nations Association and the Global Action Summit on international Sustainable Development Goals; and collaborate with OneCity Nashville, an inner city campus devoted to green public spaces. Members have identified a need to fight adverse attitudes towards other religions, particularly against Islam, and view their diverse membership as a positive force for building bridges. Among their memorable activities are the Oneness Festival, a celebration where people sang, prayed and celebrated their different faiths; and the World Wisdom Bible, an anthology of texts from the world’s major religions dealing with perennial wisdom. They put together this Bible and hope it will be published in 2017.
Nasolo CC operates within its mandate to share the word of God with a special focus on spiritual and physical healing of members of the community; support the elderly and orphaned children by providing food, shelter and clothing; protection of girls from harmful cultural practices, early pregnancies and school dropouts. CC members also promote conservation of the environment and natural resources.
Nasolo has brought together different people to discuss issues of communal interest and tried to find possible solutions as one society that perceives life beyond skin color, religion, ethnicity, tradition or social and economic status. They have together managed to plant trees in an attempt to address the effects of climate change, which has affected the nation in different ways including food insecurity.
As members of URI, they plan to continue raising awareness about the importance of protecting albinos and do interfaith prayers at least once every month. They have learned that other Cooperation Circles in the Southern Region visit hospitals, prisons, etc. In order to help in the future, they will also be doing that or joining them during the activities. They also plan to offer counseling services to the young people in the community as one way of dealing with the problems of excessive drinking and drug addiction.
The NCIDE is focusing on three major groups: children, youth and women.
Our CC also holds joint celebrations where people from different walks of life and different religions come together for celebrate different religious festivals, such as, Iftar, Eid, Christmas, Diwali, Raksha Bandhan and others. To learn more visit www.ncide.com
National Environment and Education Development (NEED) CC is an excellent group of experienced social workers who are committed to harmony and peace with sincere concern and love for the underprivileged and downtrodden. The NEED seeks to build progressive, self-reliant rural communities with a holistic approach, by providing services in the areas of health care, environment, sanitation, primary education, adult literacy and skill development. The organization is involved in various socio-economic development programs such as Child Labor Rehabilitation, Eye Care Services, Income Generating Programs, Promotion of Self Help Groups and other community-based organizations, people's institutions, savings and credit, community-based rehabilitation of the differently abled, safe drinking water, health and sanitation, policy advocacy on child rights, child sponsorship, informal and supplementary education such as non-residential bridge schools and bridge schools and inclusive education, HIV/AIDS etc. They have been involved in this work since 2002. They bring a lot of experience to our movement.
The Interdenomination Alliance (NIDA) was formed by members from different denominations. Our activities include providing training to members of different denominations on how to interact with one another, providing income generating activities such as small businesses, empowering members through gardening and livestock production so as to ensure their livelihood at community level, and providing vocational training skills to helpless members such as tailoring etc., in order to enhance their independence.
Our CC has organized many programs of interfaith celebration like the Holy Eve Eid, Christmas and Easter involving Muslim and Christian scholars and religious leaders.
Our CC is exploring the voice for justice and doing our best for justice. We work on a professional level for Muslim and Christian victims. We also attended and organized the program with Lahore MCC and URI Pakistan on International Day of Peace 2009.