The Project’s name is The Besom. Yes, the broom made of twigs that you use in the garden to sweep away leaves or dirt. Only in this case, rather than leaves, "The Besom" is a Foundation that aims to wipe away pain and suffering. You can read on their Website:Poverty, isolation, abuse, ill health, injustice, homelessness: we all see the sharp inequalities of life around us and the devastating impacts they have on people’s lives. Many of us want to do something, to get involved but we don't always know how. The Besom exists to help you make a difference to the lives of others and to make it easy for you to do so.
Some years ago, in the Province of Buenos Aires, the Focolare Movement created a Foundation that they called later on Civil Association “Nuevo Sol” (New Sun). It includes three Community Centers located in vulnerable areas of the Province.
These centers offer sports activities, such as soccer and hockey on grass (a highly developed sport in Argentina), recreational activities, workshops, as well as after-school support and health-care services.
I arrived late, when the class had already started, because I got a wrong exit on the highway. Not so bad, after all, because the dancers I had to interview were already engaged in their session of classical dance – a rehearsal of a beautiful choreography. I pleasantly waited, enjoying the figures and the plots, and took some pictures.
The “Laboratorio Accademico Danza” (Academic Dance Workshop), under the artistic direction of Ms. Antonella Lombardo, is located in the Municipality of Massa-Cozzile, in the Nievole Valley, Province of Pistoia, Central Italy, harmoniously integrated in the facilities of a commercial area.
It was established in 1984 in the town of Monsummano Terme and, a few years ago, it found this setting made up of white and bright spaces, which smells of art and opportunities for self-expression. A place where you feel at home, right away. A school, but also an association, the Cultural Association “Dancelab Armonia”, which aims to "develop and disseminate the idea of possible harmony, both with reference to the individuals and the communities, and the use of Art as a crosswise tool to build Harmony among Peoples."
Youth is a broad subject, that has sparked a lot of discussion, especially amongst youth movements worldwide (the Arab Spring, the « outraged » in Europe, and demonstrations against abuses perpetrated by African leaders, etc.). However, this article shall focus only on the role young people are supposed to play.
As a matter of fact, young people have been considered as a marginalized category for a long time, but today they are being targeted. And this is happening not only because of the enormous potential they represent and the self-confidence they seem to have, but also because they are able to change the world for the better and, unfortunately, also for the worse. Experts believe that many young people try to enhance their potential, but do not always succeed. When opportunities are lacking, their ambition turns to frustration, which is then exploited by groups who are working to promote their own agenda such as politicians, extremists, drug cartels, armed groups, etc. Analysts believe that young people are vulnerable to indoctrination, especially because they lack experience and historically-conscious knowledge.
In these months, we would like to generate excitement and expectation, by highlighting initiatives and actions that generate reciprocity, positivity, and peace. A tam tam that, starting slowly, will rise up to generate much noise in the world!
Let us show the world all the concrete actions that, day after day, build bridges of brotherhood with #fraternitychallenge.
It's as simple as this: for five consecutive days, on your Facebook wall, write something positive and, every day, invite two friends who will do the same for another 5 days ... and so on, up to the United World Week!
Anything goes: personal or collective actions, something you did or you saw someone doing, a purpose to do something ... In short, let us bring forth the brotherhood that we find around us!
Once your five days are over, you can start it over again whenever you want!
Use all the hashtags: #UnitedWorldProject, #FraternityChallenge, #Pulse, and #4Peace.
Are you ready?
What can possibly share a beautician-hairdresser and a farmer who produces organic products, or a pizza maker and an entrepreneur in the concrete sector? These are examples of start-up businesses that participated in Brazil in the "PROFOR" Project, i.e., the "Program for the Reinforcement of Inclusive Businesses of Communion", the first experience that AMU implemented in collaboration with ANPECOM (National Association for an Economy of Communion). See http://anpecom.com.br/
"We looked around, and noted that there are many people in vulnerable social situations," says Clézia Maria Pinto de Santana, the person in charge of ANPECOM projects. "Perhaps many of them had ideas and good will, but no adequate training to creating and running a business. This inspired us to try to support them, drawing on our experience."
More than 12 years ago a group of young Chileans began to share experiences and concrete actions in several hostels in the city of Santiago. Today, thanks to a serious commitment, some stepped down in favour of "new entries," but the activity remains the same as the first day.
Hostels, in Chile, are places where people who do not have any other possibility can spend the night. People who live there pay a small fee to have a bed and the use of a common bathroom. However, they are complex places where most people have complicated situations, past and present hardships, in the midst of thefts, sufferings, and confusions. A group of young people belonging to the Young People for a United World, more than 12 years ago decided to go there regularly, at the beginning, just to share some moments with them. Having a tea, eating some sandwiches, or sharing a juice with them. Often this was the pretext to have moments of dialogue and enter into the reality of these people who live a reality of suffering and abandonment in their own flesh. And reach out to them.
How much do we know about Islam and how much do we think we know? How does a Muslim woman live and how do we imagine her life? An interview with Abir, a young Italian Muslim woman of Moroccan origin.
In the world there are many preconceptions about Muslim women. "They must have little freedom", "She is like a prisoner, she cannot express herself". "She is oppressed, there are many rules that she cannot change”. "I wonder what number of wife she is and what will she do with her life, because with her clothes I cannot get an idea of her." "We do not know their culture and they are stigmatized by news of wars and conflicts." All these sentences were spoken by Western people. How much of this is true?
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