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Youth as Artchitecture of a Peaceful World.

Youths will be able to use their skills, knowledge, experiences and talent in building a peaceful society.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The project works in building an inter religious and inter ethnic peace building skills workshops where youths from different ethnic and religious backgrounds such as indians, fijians, chinese and others come together to dialogue and share their experienes through miniworkshops and sports.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiecries are youths aged between 15 to 35 years old who are from different backgrounds living in Nausori and the greater eastern divisions that we are targeting.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

My idea is unique because it will promote learning through workshops and sports where young people will learn to work together from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.This will give youths an opportunity to share their learning experiences and have a space where they could dialogue.After the mini workshop, a sport activity will be organised; touch rugby or soccer where teams are formed from different ethnic and religious communities within each project phases.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Majority Adoption: I have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Destiny for New Life Ministry was formed in 2007.It is a faith based organisation that is used to promote Christian values and beliefs, where we mainly focus on promoting peace and unity.We work mainly with communities where we identify stereotypes, biases and prejudices and tackle racism.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I have been working in my professional capacity in peace building workshops where I worked in communities in Fiji on projects as Coordinator for Interfaith Search Fiji and a Youth Peace Facilitator.I have seen the increasing number of youths and the number of racial incidents that are happening in our communities.This has prompted me to share what I have learnt and to organise projects in different communities.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Fiji is politically diverse with a multi cultural, multi religious and multi ethnic society.Historically, the fijians were living on their own before the indians and other ethnic groups were introduced by the british colony and much of their policies have focused mainly on seperation, where fijians were to observe and preserve their traditional way of life.Today despite the intergration and the changes that are happening people still hold their ill feelings because of ethnic and religious difference that is politically motivated by few politicians.This has led to political unrest where human rights violations and abuses were directed to indians and other ethnic groups during the political instability.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The community that I will focus on are going to be ethnic and religious in nature from different backgrounds in Nausori.I will be working with hindus, muslims faith based organisation and people from different ethnicity.I will worked with organisations and community leaders.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

I have youths who are playing together in sports and as a country, Fiji is well known for it sport achievement in rugby seven games and it youths that are actively taking parts in other sports.We have a youthful population more than sixty percent of its population are believed to be youths (less than 35).

Geographic Focus

I will focus on eastern part of Fiji mainly in Nausori and Suva areas.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The projects will be intended to work in many communities in Fiji such Suva, Nausori, Rewa, Tailevu and Naitasiri.This will need to work with villages and settlements both from rural and urban settings in ethnic and religious populated communities.This will be less than two years or 24 months depending on the risks and situation assessments and plannings of each project phases.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Its great yes once we work as a team we can achieve a lot. Let us work out how we can further strengthen our ideas and efforts towards to get youth for peace in the world.

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