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Global PeaceWorks India 2003 Report

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"a knock down, drag out, heart moving, earth shaking, life altering, eye opening, spirit filling experience..."

- Chad Johnson, USA
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When Hindus and Muslims faced each other in a communally charged neighborhood in East Delhi in December they looked at each other and... smiled. Then they said prayers in Hindi and Arabic and went to work with Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians (from the United States and India), and Bahá’ís as volunteers in service to a community in need.

see the album of photos from this eventThe volunteers were invited by Global PeaceWorks - an organization that arranges for people of many faiths live and work together for two weeks, creating a model of peace

In the evenings, they heard religious leaders and statesmen like His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Honorable President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the Delhi Peace Summit, but in the mornings, this group was off to Janta Colony in Jaffarabad to serve the local people by building a community center.

see the album of photos from this eventThis diverse group of thirty volunteers from nine nations lived together as an international family. They supported the Delhi Peace Summit interfaith conference by presenting prayers of six traditions at the opening session on Youth and the Culture of Peace, then, following Dr. Jerry Chang of Humanity United Globally, the group facilitated discussions on interfaith cooperation.

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The core work of Global PeaceWorks, however, is to provide 'cooperative interfaith service to people in need’ – a task that program director Eric Wenzel says is needed to complement traditional interfaith dialogue meetings. In this case, the group chose to work in Janta Colony, Jaffarabad which had a history of problems between Muslims and Hindus. There the group worked with Chetanalaya, the social action NGO of the Catholic Diocese of New Delhi, and its representative Anthony David, a tireless man devoted to serving people and uplifting the community.

The volunteers supported this poor neighborhood by offering their labor to build for both the Muslim and Hindu communities in the colony. Representatives of each religion laid the foundation stones and worked together with a shared vision of peaceful cooperation and community improvements. Global PeaceWorks interfaith volunteer teams of Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Sikh visited homes in the community to listen to concerns and share their vision of peace among religions.

To complement the charity work, the volunteers visited religious sites in Delhi including the famous Sis Ganj Gurudwara, the Jama Masjid and Shahi Masjid, Mother Theresa's Sisters of Charity, the Laxmi Narayan Hindu Temple and The Bahá’í House of Worship (the famous "Lotus Temple").

The experience was enhanced by visits with Dr. Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, Imam of the Shahi Masjid, India’s second largest mosque; Dharma Master Hsin Tao of the Museum of World Religions; Peace Activist Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi; Dilip Kolhatkar of the Everest Peace Project; Baba Virsa Singh Ji of Gobind Sadan; devotees from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation; and members of the Central Baptist Church and a community Gurudwara.

A day of reflection at a beautiful religious retreat south of Delhi concluded this first Global PeaceWorks project which, in addition to Chetanalaya, was supported by the Tribal Welfare Society, the Bahá’í House of Worship, Gobind Sadan and the Religious Youth Service.

The success of this inaugural program has paved the way for a second Global PeaceWorks project in New Delhi to be held from Dec 30, 2004 to January 7, 2005.

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February 2004 Follow-up Report from Janta Colony

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2004 Project in New Delhi!

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Global PeaceWorks Project
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Dec 30, 2004 - Jan 7, 2005

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"I felt something indescribable. The joy of constructing together, building something together, it’s so marvelous."

- Zainab Bawa, India
Global PeaceWorks 2003

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the 2003 project

visiting the Baha'i Lotus Temple as part of
Global PeaceWorks emphasis on spirituality

"I never thought that a day will come when I will meet so many people from different religions and countries and we all will work together to have Peace in the World. Global PeaceWorks has totally changed my life..."

- Harkirat Singh, India
Global PeaceWorks 2003

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and others

"Always share happiness with people we love... No need to talk about peace when you simply love.."

- Andrea Mair, Germany
Global PeaceWorks 2003

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