Youth Leaders

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Youth Service Project Promotes Interfaith in Washington DC

By Tomiko Duggan, Director, RYS-Washington, DC; and Director of Public Affairs, UPF-DC Office, Saturday, 13 July 2013

Washington DC, USA – Planning for the July 9-13 Youth Service program in Washington, DC, began months ago inspired by the successful model carried out in Albania last year. Initially outreach was to the diplomatic community. The embassies of Botswana, Ghana, and Timor-Leste responded. The daughter of the Botswana ambassador and the daughter of the Ghana ambassador were among the 18 participants; the others were from the Ivory Coast, Albania, and the US.

S.A. Khan: Reflections on the Youth Service in Nuwakot, Nepal

By Shehreen Ataur Khan

The journey of this year’s Youth Service project in Nepal started on June 1st when participants got on the bus heading from Kathmandu Valley to Nuwakot. Throughout the bus ride, the scenery of the surrounding places enchanted everyone because of its mountainous picturesque beauty. Although the bus journey went a little bumpy, the exhaustion went away once the participants arrived at the Shree Bhairam Secondary School, where the school principal along with the teachers and students greeted the participants with their traditional silk scarf, vermilion, and flowers.

Youth Service Project Builds Friendships in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Tajikistan – “Dushanbe, City of Peace,” was the theme of the first Youth Service project in Tajikistan, which took place May 25 to 31. Activities included visiting religious and historic sites and taking orphan children on an outing. The week concluded with visiting an Ismaili shrine, cleaning and painting a fence at the St. Nicholas Cathedral, and a friendly football tournament.

Ufa Welcomes Interreligious Pilgrimage

Ufa, Russia – During World Interfaith Harmony Week, a Youth Service program took place February 1-5 in Ufa, capital of Russia’s Bashkortostan. The object of the event was to bring together young people of different faiths to promote a tradition of tolerance in relations between different religious traditions and encourage fruitful cooperation for peace in this Ural Mountain region.