Yacu-Yura is a group of people from Catholic, Jewish, Taoist and Indigenous communities that have been working to improve the status of awareness regarding the protection of the Pachamama or Mother Earth in their communities. They bridge-build between religions and indigenous spirituality , gathering ancestral and current wisdom for the wellbeing of the planet. They envision that the indigenous community and society gather to work together for the good of the environment. The plan to achieve this by coming together for various workshops: film discussions with deep ecologist inclination, workshops about shamanism, visits to places that inhabited by their indigenous ancestors and now visited by people from around the world for its energetic properties and healing. The group is also bringing the message to children and young people of school age. It is important that they learn about the protection of Mother Nature, and the importance of integration of modern medicine and traditional medicine.
Our CC has been teaching young people about HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health, in order to shape the youth to become productive citizens. We have an orphan and vulnerable children center, where orphans and vulnerable children are given basic education as any other children who have parents that can support their early education. We intend to open a youth center and are working to encourage adolescent girls who drop out of school because of pregnancies to go back to school.
YASED is working in economic development for youth. The group is formed by 21 active members with Muslim, Rastafari, Jewish, Atheist and Christian backgrounds. Most of the members are Christian but from different denominations. There is quite a lot of diversity and animosity amongst the various Christian denominations in the community, so working together is also a way of overcoming conflict. The biggest project they are involved in is supporting vulnerable children in primary school. They have been provided a building by the government in 2000, and in these facilities they are also supporting the health of mothers and of children under five years old.
Part of YASED, but operated independently, there is a group of thirteen women called Tigwirizane (Communication), which specializes in providing home-based care to critically ill people in the community. They are helping people with different problems, such as diseases of cancer and HIV and other illnesses. They meet twice a week and go to the houses of the ill people every day after work. It is not just the patients that need support; it is the families also. They are trained by an organization in Lilongwe called The Light House. Each of the 13 members of Tigwirizane is assigned to one critically ill person whom they visit daily. There are about 250 cases which have been identified where the patient is less critical, and these patients and families receive counselling and advice from time to time.
Youth Center for Development (YCD) is a youth led, national nonprofit and nongovernmental organization that was formed on April 2nd, 2012 by a group of dynamic and outstanding young people who are passionate about sharing knowledge and experience in order to educate, encourage, and quip other youth with the necessary skills to make a positive change in society. YCD plans to conduct various actives such as Youth Tech Talk, YCD Membership, and Youth Leaders of Tomorrow meetings, as well as Youth Leadership Challenge Gathering, InterFaith Dialogue, Tree Planting for Peace, and ASEAN Youth Forum, among other events. These upcoming activities will engage outstanding young people from difference backgrounds on culture, spirituality, religions, and interfaith to share their knowledge, experiences, and successes, promoting URI PPP as well as building connections to work together to meet the common needs of the community and make a difference in the world.
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The Ennerdale Mini Parliament Board was established to run and manage a youth organization for South African Youth from all religious and cultural backgrounds within the community of Ennerdale and its surrounding areas. It wishes to create an environment where youth are given the platform to share their opinions and perspectives, giving youth the centralized power to debate and discuss various issues affecting the youth in the area. It develops youth activism through civic education by unlocking passion to take initiative and play active roles in the development of their community.
Once a month, they conduct what is known as a “seating” for students from different schools as well as different organizations from their community and the surrounding areas. At each “seating,” a different topic is discussed and debated, topics that are chosen by the youth who are the key and main members. Youth give speeches, and various professionals address the given topic in presentations. Youth are also encouraged to come up with “take action” ideas, where they will do a presentation or some activity at their school after the seating. In this way, information flows down to the rest of the community, ensuring the achievement of their outcome and proposed goal.
Youth Empowerment CC’s purpose is to empower youth to undertake service-oriented projects and to promote communal harmony. They are working in different cultural activities, and engaging youth through social and cultural programs. They want to see their area absolutely free from religiously-motivated violence; a place where people can live in peace and absolute harmonious coexistence. All their activities are somehow related to education. They organize language base activities, especially among the children. They expose children to interfaith experiences to create understanding from childhood. Working with children is the most precious memory for them.
Youth for Development (YFD) is a Cameroon-based youth-focused registered nonprofit with its Head Office in Ngaoundere, Adamaoua Province. This organization is a diverse community of youth working to overcome differences, stereotypes and unite religious people in Cameroon towards achieve the Millenium Development Goals. Since inception, some of the projects executed by the organization focus mainly around themes of education, youth capacity development and health, etc. The organization also works to promote peace, human rights and assistance to vulnerable people. In 2013, Youth For Development received a grant from the UNAOC's Youth Solidarity Fund (2013 Edition) which supported the implementation of its Youth Empowerment and Skills Development Project in Cameroon. It is a very young but very promising organization. The organization is also bi-lingual; members speak both French and English.
This Cooperation Circle, formed by young people from different spiritual backgrounds from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is active in working with interfaith youth groups from local and international organizations. With unique professional backgrounds in psychology, economics and tourism among other things, they have organized activities, workshops, seminars and conferences for young activists. They established Youth for Peace as a non-governmental organization on national level at the begging of 2014 and currently have more than 15 active members. Through interfaith projects, they hope to contribute to peacebuilding and interfaith dialogue by highlighting the importance of young people in the process. They strive to empower young people to be initiators of positive change in order to create a better future by building a society of equal opportunities without prejudices in local communities.
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This group is formed of youth from different countries, cultures and religions. Some of them are refugees in Cyprus, Tunisia and Turkey. They have been friends for some time, talking to each other with respect and valuing each other in their differences. They want to show the world that this is possible and help build a new generation of leaders in Libya. Their work is difficult in an area with so much conflict, but they believe the main reason for the conflict is misunderstandings between religions; even between people of the same religion.
Youth in Action for Development (YAD) is a registered national nonprofit with Head Office in Kenema District, in Sierra Leone, working with the youth and for the youth to promote and build peace and democracy through campaign against ethnic based politics, promote gender equality, social freedom, free education, self-reliance through skill training, self-help ventures and income generation schemes, minimize violence and conflict through dialogues, sensitization campaigns and social mobilization activities
Youth in Action for Development (YAD) is working to ensure that education becomes a human right for everyone; politics becomes detribalized and de-regionalized; youths, women, children and adults are given equal rights, so that there shall be a developed nation called Sierra Leone. Some of YAD’s projects include, but not limited to health, capacity, education, democracy advocacy campaigns, peace rallies, educational publications, etc. The Organization works with local, national and international partners. YAD is a membership-based Organization.
At this difficult times in Sierra Leona compounded by the dreadful Ebola outbreak, YAD is striving hard to maintain its reputation in community building and development. YAD in collaboration with its German partner, Fambul Tik e.V, has shipped 32 hospital beds with mattresses and 3 palettes of medical stuff to