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?
Often the news circulating on the most read newspapers and the most watched/listened broadcasters convey the image of an extremely poor Africa: its endless civil wars, epidemics such as AIDS, ebola, malaria, etc. A continent where population growth is a threat. People constantly fleeing war or poverty by migrating to neighboring countries or to Europe, etc.
The purpose of this article is not to contradict this image conveyed by certain media, but rather to highlight the other face of Africa that is not often shown. It is an Africa in search of its own unity. An Africa that struggles to find the most appropriate solutions to its problems. We could share several initiatives in this direction, but we would rather analyze the Gambian experience as a living witness of an Africa in search of negotiated solutions, specifically in the area of conflict resolution, as described in the document of the African Union: 'Vision 2064: an Africa without the sound of weapons.’
Pilares (pillars) is a Foundation that works in one of the largest slums in the city of Buenos Aires, called Villa 21-24 de Barracas. A story that began with a group of young people in 2008 and is today a Foundation that helps 365 families.
Buenos Aires is well known for being a cosmopolitan, crazy city, nourished by culture and beauty. But it is also known to be one of the cities that house the largest poor settlements in Latin America. The largest slums in Argentina are in Buenos Aires. One of them, the biggest one, is ‘Villa 21-24 of Barracas’, in the South-East of the Argentine capital city. It hosts about 45,000 people in a situation of precariousness and poverty.
It will take place in the Permanent Mariapolis of Loppiano, in the province of Florence, Italy, from April 29 to May 1, 2017, on the theme of Peace.
The title is provocative: "Change your Heart. Change the World". That is, begin with your own heart and change the world around you.
The Meeting is conceived as a journey of discovery of the thousands of actions in which the Youth for a United World are already committed to building a future of peace in the most various areas, along with other movements, associations, and groups, including: Nuovi Orizzonti, Rondine, Centro internazionale La Pira, Non dalla guerra, Living Peace, Istituto Universitario Sophia, Dancelab, EcoOne, Economia disarmata, Barbiana, and Sportmeet.
January 5 through 15 in San José, a small town located in the heart of the Calchaquíes Valleys of the Province of Catamarca, in the Northwest of Argentina, 60 young people and adults from Paraguay, Uruguay, Guatemala, and Argentina gathered to challenge the ordinary logic and organize a rest without being governed by "what one wants" but based on "building it with the other."
2012 - 2016 United World Project - Youth for a United World (New Humanity)
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