The focus of this Cooperation Circle is to be a resource to the URI network and partner organizations – in how to model and practice right speech, to be kind to one’s neighbors, to be up standers for others, and to respond effectively in the face of hate speech, discrimination and bullying. The support services that they aim to provide are: Awareness – to offer information and research about hate speech, discrimination and bullying; informational materials such as tool cards and tool kits to educate others about hate speech, discrimination and bullying and ways that individuals and communities can respond; inspirational stories of those who have spoken out against it and those who are speaking peace in powerful ways to their neighbors and so-called “enemies;” and religious and spiritual resources that illustrate the power of speech from a spiritual perspective. Program Opportunities – to support programs and propose activities to energize the network, such as days of collective action (e.g. on the International Day of Peace, UN Human Rights Day, Golden Rule Day), regional and youth workshops, restorative circles for building / rebuilding community with those who are estranged; other specific initiatives seeded by our CC such as the Interfaith Pen Pals Project. Practices – to share specific actions and approaches for acting positively in our daily lives, being kind and compassionate to our neighbors, conscientious with our speech, and upstanders for those who are targets of discrimination, hate speech and bullying. Some specific examples are practices for responding to hate speech that we encounter online, guidelines for web moderators to promote positive interactions, and spiritual practices for how to be impeccable with our word. Forums – to provide spaces for dialogue (via social media and face-to-face conversations) for those who are energized and interested to join the conversation and share their thoughts and stories. This initiative started as a Campaign in URI and organized several events in 2013.
The Visayan term tambal means medicine, and as such, our cooperation circle is composed of dedicated individuals from different walks of life brought together and inspired by a common vision that seeks healing of the entire Earth community by engaging in spiritual practices that benefit Mother Earth, Her children, and the next seven generations.
The Tamera community was founded in 1995 in
We would also like to develop a concrete model for a society based on qualities such as non-violence, cooperation with nature, sustainability, self-sufficiency, permaculture, autonomy of energy, decentralization, trust, reconciliation, healing, and the liberation of sexuality from violence and humiliation. Our deepest dream is a world without fear and violence.
You may read more about the next step of the children's project in Tamera here: http://www.tamera.org/index.
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Tehreek Taraque-E-Insaniat (TTI) is a nonprofit , non-government organization established in 1993 for development work in Lahore. Its an alliance of social workers and educational professionals from various fields who have significant experience with NGOs working with grass roots development on a national and international level. Our ongoing projects include operating a middle school and a mother/child health clinic, and women's vocational training. We do awareness campaigns about improving living conditions through workshops and dialogue meetings. We also do management, implementation, and supervision of our projects with the full involvement of local peoples, giving them ownership of the project.
We intend to bring the voice of the religious leaders of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze communities to be heard as a force for rebuilding trust between our religious communities. We also travel as a group to different parts of the world to give public forums, giving hope that peace in the Holy Land is possible.
The Abrahamic Reunion Cooperation Circle was originally formed from an informal network of spiritual peacemakers who journeyed together to the Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona in July 2005, and who held a founding retreat in Istanbul in September 2006. Since then, the AR has held over a dozen interfaith events in towns and villages across Israel. A typical event includes an interfaith dinner, discourse and prayer, and a public walk together through the town. The group also supports interfaith social projects such as emergency relief for people affected by violence, and a variety of interfaith projects spearheaded by individual members.
The purpose of this group is to promote the usage of Modern Standard Arabic language in
The Big Brother Society is an organization that is comprised of former students of Starehe schools in Nairobi. A group of alumni of the two national schools formed this group with the purpose of mentoring voluntary service in Kenyan schools, both for primary and secondary students. Although there is a good representation of different religious groups in the area where the Big Brother Sociey is working, intolerance based on ethnicity and religious affiliation also exists. In schools, some teachers do not have a good understanding of how to mentor their students against such vices, hence making the problem worse. People in Kenya are generally kind to each other but politicians promote divisions for their own benefits. Relationships between different religious groups is fairly good but based on recent happenings, fear is developing between Christians and Muslims. CC members want to contribute to end this violence and restore mentoring better relationships. In 2008, there was a wave of unrest in secondary schools in different parts of Kenya. These cases caused a lot of disturbance in the education sector and led to the destruction of school property. As a result, the idea of starting a mentorship program to offer guidance and counseling for students in schools was developed. It is also a way of giving back to the society. In Starehe, they were taught to “in time to come…enable others enjoy the same advantage.” So CC members want to give back to the society and ensure that dreams of access to an education are realized. Starehe is known for Holistic education: it strives for the education of the whole person, besides academics. So during their visits to schools and institutions, they offer lectures and workshops about leadership training for prefects and student leaders, time management, stress management, effective study skills, balancing between academics and extra-curriculum activities, purposeful living, unlocking one’s potential, self awareness, the making of a brand, the small things in life, communication skills, career guidance and counseling, laws of success as a student and life after school. Responses have been overwhelming and that serves as their motivation. It is the satisfaction they get as a result of making a difference in the lives of others, in otheir own way that keeps them moving forward.
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Based in Otukpo, Nigeria, this Cooperation Circle is dedicated to empowering young people with leadership skills, enabling them to find their identities and create positive social change in their lives and the lives of others in their communities. The group has welcomed young people into its Early and Youth Leadership Training and Community Development Ambassadors programs, provided computer and tailoring skills training and reaches more than 1 million active listeners through a youth radio program.
The Central Africa Conflict Prevention Association (CACOPA) was started by five of Congolese students while completing their Master Degree in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban in 2006. The creation of this association was a way for them to contribute to the search for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Great Lakes Region in general. The Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced and is still experiencing violent conflict, particularly in the eastern part. In 2008 CACOPA organized the first Conflict Transformation and Alternative to Violent Project workshop for civil society members in Katanga Province and after that they moved into eastern part of the country where violent conflict is seen by many as daily activities. There is a big need to promote the culture of peace and this is what CACOPA is doing through gathering, conferences and trainings.