Health and Social Services

When individuals suffer, whole societies suffer. URI Cooperation Circles bring healing.
Drishti Foundation Trust CC donates oral care services for World Laughter Day

URI Cooperation Circles work hard to improve the health of people all over the world, giving them the chance to lead meaningful and full lives.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • A Better Community for All Pakistan organizes free medical care for rural families who can’t afford doctors, distributing medicine and connecting patients with free hospital stays when necessary.
  • Blantyre CC wanted to restore sanitary conditions to Bangwe township in Southern Malawi. Together, 50 young people removed waste and cleaned pollution so the population could live in healthier surroundings.
  • Members of URI Brasilia CC in Brazil offered health, hygiene, cultural and citizenship services to the inmates of the SalveaSi - Institution for Treatment of Chemical Dependents, in observance of the National Day to Combat Religious Intolerance.
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Stories

Reflecting and Serving on Hiroshima Day

My oldest son came to me one night 16 years ago and said, “Dad, I’m going to Japan.” He was 16 years old at the time. And I said, “Oh, are you? And who’s paying for it?” He said, “The American Friends Service Committee. I’m going with a group of American teenagers and we’re going to interview survivors.” So he went, and spent the summer in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

URI Young Leaders in Action - YLP in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, April 2010

This report shares details about the youth leadership training that took place from April 13-15, 2010, followed by the URI Southeast Asia and the Pacific Regional Assembly from April 15 - 19. 12 young people from Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and the U.S. took part in this leadership training, organized by Sharon Vaswani and Shakuntala Vaswani, and facilitated by Youth Programs Director Sarah Talcott Blair. The training offered workshops in interfaith dialogue, interfaith peacebuilding, an environmental symposium and team-building. Youth Ambassadors from both Asia and Southeast Asia also participated. Written by Sarah Talcott.