Universal Brotherhood

  • A broom... to sweep away suffering

    the besom 1The 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.
  • Add more brotherhood and community sport

    suma fradernidad 2Some 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. 

  • Arriva a Pulse, l’esperienza di "Non dalla guerra"

    FOTO DI GRUPPOL’impegno di Non dalla guerra, nasce quasi per caso. È il mese di luglio del 2014, Tommaso e Giovanni, due ragazzi di Vicenza, ricevono una telefonata da un amico che propone loro di aggregarsi ad un gruppo di persone che, il mese successivo, sarebbe partito per la Giordania, per fare un’esperienza nella città di Al Mafraq, a contatto con la realtà dei profughi siriani.

  • Brazil: the social businesses of PROFOR

    proforeng1What 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). Seehttp://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."

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: la Semana Mundo Unido

    Argentina 1Semana completa y caminata interreligiosa por la Paz, del primero al 7 de mayo

    Los Jóvenes por un Mundo Unido de Buenos Aires organizan una Caminata por la Paz el 7 de mayo, transitando distintos lugares conmemorativos interreligiosos de la ciudad. Será el cierre de una serie de actividades propuestas durante la Semana Mundo Unido.

  • From the global to universal

    Today's article is a piece by Pasquale Ferrara, who is currently the Italian Ambassador to Algeria. It was first published in the Atlas of Universal fraternity, the first edition of the United World Project file (2014), and it provides an interesting insight into the universal value of our Project

    BridgesTrying to find the right image to represent the international relationships of our contemporary world, the choice is often between “the tower” or “the bridge”. The tower is an architectonic element, typically a military one, and it epitomizes a perception of threat that causes alarm and alert. The tower is the representation of defensiveness, of the “fortification”, of the sense of siege and the fear of invasion.

  • Italy, the “Rimpresa” Project

    The RImPRESA Project started off!

    It is aimed at offering a support to the recovery of many small productive, trade, and tourism businesses affected by the earthquake in Central Italy, in the areas along the Via Salaria, in the territory between Amatrice and Ascoli Piceno, in the Val Nerina and in the Abruzzo Region. Rural areas, whose economy was mainly based on agriculture and sheep and cattle livestock, and whose customers were their same population along with tourists who came in summer and for the weekends.

    LocandinaIt all started after the earthquake that last August destroyed the town of Accumoli, in the Province of Rieti, Central Italy.

    A few days later, Federica left her home, in the Southern Province of Rome, officially:«To go and check the condition of the house inherited by my husband». In fact, as she adds «Because Roberto and his family were from Accumoli. After his death, we created an association of social promotion called Abbraccio planetario (Planetary Hug) to carry out actions that promote the values in which he believed, such as the care and love for our neighbours, especially the weakest. I went to Accumoli because I wanted to see with my own eyes the actual situation and what we could do to help them».

  • Living Peace: il workshop

    living peace logo defOrmai manca davvero poco a Pulse, il meeting dei Giovani per un Mondo Unito, che si svolgerà a Loppiano dal 29 al 30 aprile 2017
    Change your heart, Change the world” è il titolo che interpella tutti, come dire: hai mai pensato che la pace dipende da te?

    Qualche tempo fa, una domanda del genere deve essere passata anche nella testa di Carlos Palma,uruguaiano e insegnante, promotore di uno dei workshop di Pulse, "Living Peace". 

  • Santiago de Chile: Young people who reach out to the other people

    Chile 1More 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.

  • We are not as different as we imagined

    Abir 1How 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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