P.R.N.M School develops its work within a school that is under the management of a prominent Hindu educational expert. The School is located in Kunnicode, outside of Kottarakkara, a predominantly Islamic area where the potential for interfaith activities is great. Group members include Hindus, Christians and Muslims. The school has conducted several interschool events as there are more than 1,000 students on the campus. Members have been organizing several community development programs in the past. They also want to become a link in this chain of schools in the future. This CC has the potential to become an excellent resource center in this Muslim-dominated community. They want to become part of a reputed international organization like URI and hope to gain from the expertise of well-known CCs around the world.
Pacific Teams is a non-profit organization supporting local initiatives in the area of community development, training, education, health and peace and human rights. It is focused on addressing the following fundamental rights for people living in the Big Lakes area in Africa(Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda.) Pacific Teams aims to work systematically with local partners, fight poverty and improve the social economic condition of people, fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, give medical support for vulnerable people, provide training for social/medical workers, provide assistance for women who are victims of rape and sexual assault, renovate the health centre, supply ambulances in rural environments, eliminate adult illiteracy, educate poor children, and much more.
There are ten members in this CC hailing from Hindu, Muslim and Christian traditions. Paipadu is an area where there is a large Muslim population and usually there is tension in Muslim - Hindu relations. We have a good core group there drawn to URI ideals and we had several meetings there in the recent past. It was per their suggestion that we first translated the URI Charter into Malayalam, our regional language. There is a Sri Ram Krishna Ashram nearby and the inmates are very enthusiastic about this CC. We bring together people of all communities and keep vigil to avoid religious clashes. We participate in all the programs of the URI Peace Centre, which is three kilo meters away from us. They inspire us to undertake peace processions every year.
Pakigdait, Incorporated CC is an interfaith grassroots peacebuilding organization founded and organized in 2001. They envision a society where reconciliation reigns in the heart of every individual and is practiced in their homes and communities. They aim to enhance the capacity of individuals, groups, and communities to transform conflict towards constructive change. Pakigdait conducts interfaith dialogue among Muslim and Christian leaders, and this has paved the way for the creation of the ad-hoc Municipal Inter-Faith Council (MIFC) composed of an equal number of Christian and Muslim representatives. Pakigdait was recognized as the best non-government organization in the Philippines during the year 2007 by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (First Infantry TABAK Division).
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Our CC promotes interreligious harmony in youth by organizing games in which Muslims, Christians and Hindus participate.
Our purpose is to promote justice and peace, inter religious harmony, human rights, and inter religious dialogue. Our CC is working on different projects in which economic empowerment of women through vocation and routine life skill training, establishment of children parks at various localities of Azad Kashmir, first aid training, cultivation training for kitchen gardening, reproductive health, capacity building of youth with the collaboration of OBOS “he One Body One Spirit Movement” Korea. We also organize inter-religious activities and awareness campaigns for peace, a minority and human rights program, an awareness program for child rights and child abuse prevention, and youth groups for inter-religious harmony. To learn more, visit http://www.pcswhr.com/
We arrange different functions, seminars and conferences. People from different walks of life are invited and the role of URI is highlighted. We focus on promoting peace and interfaith dialogue. We hope to bring positive change in the world and end the prevailing violence. Our CC is fully committed to the purpose and principles of URI. We have also worked to promote social issues, providing legal aid and financial support to our communities.
With the desire to build a community of understanding between religions and races, this Cooperation Circle is training Palestinian and Israelis in nonviolent communication. Members met during a Non-violence education training course in Palestine and decided to form a group together. They also travelled together to Seattle, US to get a follow up course. They meet every month as a group, after taking the training of trainers; they started to give training to different target groups in non-violence education. They became trainers in the field of non-violence education. They have conducted a training together at Alaroub University for 2 weeks. They started with 7 people and now the number is increasing.
We run activities to empower Palestinian women politically, economically, socially and medically in cooperation with other women from adjacent countries and abroad. We teach our members that humanity is the most precious thing and that we must struggle for it, despite race, religion or identity. Our most memorable activity was our first meeting with Jews from Israel; we still remember the time of looking at each other with awe. Everyone was speechlessness and skeptical, but then the Norwegian facilitator started to break the ice between the two groups. We spent three days together in a humble resort called "Peace Oasis" in Latroun-Middle Israel/Palestine, where we got to know each other. Our plans to pursue such activities will surely help actualize our dreams to live together in justice, peace and mutual respect.