Youth4Cause

R-N’S NEWEST ORGANIZATION-YOUTH4CAUSE

                                                          BY ALLISON BALDWIN
                                                          OBSERVER STAFF WRITER

 

Brand new for the fall semester, new student organization, Youth4Cause hopes to get students involved in the global issue of poverty.

  Begun in early September by freshman and computer science major, Karthik Naralasetty, Youth4Cause invites all undergraduate students ages 18-25 to participate.

   “The club is open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender,” said Naralasetty.

“I hope to get plenty of students involved with world issues. All they do is study and they need to start doing something productive.”

Although contributing to the end of world poverty is the main goal of the organization, Naralasetty plans to discuss and find solutions for other youth related problems.

 

“I want to emphasize the AIDS epidemic. Everyday in Africa 6,300 people die from AIDS, that’s a Indian Ocean Tsunami every two weeks,” he reminds students.

    Naralasetty continued to say that he hopes to visit some patients who suffer from the epidemic in the near future.

“My goal is to make them feel comfortable,” he explained.

He also hopes to conduct seminars on drinking and smoking for the community.

When asked what his inspiration for starting the organization was, Naralasetty replied, “My father directs a series of awareness programs in India. He is my inspiration.”

Naralasetty has also participated in two International Youth Conferences as ambassador for India: One in Australia and one in Canada.

For more information about how to join Youth4Cause, email Naralasetty at: youth4cause@gmail.com.

 

Karthik Naralasetty's Facebook profile

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                                                 Youth4Cause Staff Writer -Fayaz Anwardeen

 

When the heavens open and shower us with blessings,
There reveals in the morning sky a masterpiece of magnificent beauty.
Every colour radiating its unique brilliance,
Together forming a splendid work of art.

The preference of only one will render the painting very dull
Because beauty does not lie in the difference of one
But in the completeness of all.

It matters not a person’s race
Or their cultural beauty
But the magnificence of humanity.

When the colours mix, there is only one,
A light that reveals all what the eyes can see.
When humanity comes together, there is only one thing the heart can see;
Everyone is human just like you and me.

Rhea

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Quezon City, Philippines

In celebration of the International Volunteer Day (IVD), Redefining Activism through Volunteering and Education (RAVE) launched its first “Youth Educators’ Workshop on Creative Interfaith Teaching Strategies” in Culiat Elementary School, Tandang Sora last December 5, 2008. 

The project, implemented by the group as part of its Global Youth Education Series, seeks to take steps in bridging cultural and religious gaps among Filipino children in Manila, Philippines through the promotion of mutual respect and understanding. 

The project began in 2007 with a campaign to mobilize resources for the themes of Global Education and Interfaith, as spearheaded by VSO’s Global Exchange Programme (GXP) returned volunteers.  

Through various fundraising events by the volunteers and their supporters, resources were raised to purchase copies of “My Muslim Friend,” a colorfully illustrated book featuring the true-to-life story of the author and her best friend.  The story details how two girls from different religious backgrounds in Cotabato, Philippines were able to go beyond the walls of religion to develop a lifelong friendship.  

The book was the main material used during the Youth Educators’ Workshop wherein selected teachers were empowered to learn and explore how story-telling can be used as a creative and effective strategy to discuss important topics such as interfaith. 

The workshop was followed with a practicum involving over 80 students from Culiat Elementary School.  The school was chosen by RAVE volunteers in cooperation with local partners Service for Peace (SFP) and Ninas Kwentistas as the pilot partner of this initiative for the spiritual diversity of its population.   

The activity has now spawned related events, with SFP replicating the book reading activity in a marginalized community in Manila and Ninas Kwentistas set to conduct a story-telling workshop in Mandaluyong Women’s Correctional this Christmas 2008. 

Redefining Activism through Volunteering and Education (RAVE) is a start-up volunteer organization committed to helping foster a culture of active global citizenship where young men and women are enabled to create positive change in their communities.  It is a primarily volunteer-run initiative, composed of alumni of the Global Xchange Programme, a youth exchange programme run by VSO, British Council and Community Service Volunteers. 

Fayaz Anwardeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Earth Speaks

You built your house and called it your home,

When you traveled around the world, your country was your home,

And when you stepped on the moon…Earth was your home.

For your comfort you cut down trees,

For your fashion you killed the beasts,

For your wealth you dug me deep,

Exploiting the rarest of my possessions.

You are polluting my air, and filling my water with toxins.

Doing me evil for the good I’ve done,

And still; you call me your home?

I needed someone to protect me, and so you were born,

But your knowledge made you greedy,

Where your intelligence did not work.

If you destroy me, where will you live?

Ask your brothers if they have found some place else,

Where my sisters wouldn’t refuse,

What I accept to give you to use.

 

tarq1In reading this I see that there are many people who want to be part of creating a happy world for people, and all life on our planet. The intention of such people is pure and admirable and inspiring. From here the very hard questions must be asked about what the next steps follow to achieve a happy world.

There are many proposed quick fixes to problems- many failing for numerous reasons- solution is too small for the problem, lack of understanding its complexities, solutions imposed from the outside and therefore not locally relevant, etc.

It is our job as passionate people to share skills in analysing what the causes are of issues. To make sure these deeper discussions are occuring to bring together diversity of perspectives. Then what naturally follows this step, is the step towards the solutions- solutions that are locally relevant, empowering and solutions that serve more than just one issue- that is integrated holistic solutions.

So I ask in this forum what are the issues and why are they occuring? This is the first step before investing any resources in action.

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“CAN WE BE THE GENERATION TO END POVERTY”

 

We are greatful to a number of Individuals for their help and support in bringing this work to fruition. In particular, We are indebted to

 

  • NARAHARI RANGISETTY
  • DILIP KUMAR
  • DINESH THOGULUA
  • JOY KUMAR
  • KANNAN CHAKKARAVARTHY
  • PAYAL BUCH
  • MADHUKAR KAKARAPARTHI
  • VADIVEL
  • BALAJI PRAKASH RAO
  • VIJAY KUMAR
  • YUVA KUMAR 
  • KAMAL DIGAVALLI
  • RAM SHARMA
  • JYOTHEESWPR REDDY
  • NARESH 
  • KISHORE
  • ILANGO NAMASIVAYAM
  • SUJAY C
  • SATISH KUMAR
  • THOMAS GEORGE
  • KRISHNAN RAJAGOPALAM
  • RAM PALAGUMMI
  • BIJU RAMAKRISHNAN
  • SIVARAJ GANESAN
  • A. MURALI DHAVA RAO
  • RAJAH VEDAMURTHY
  • KAVI
  • GAYATHRI
  • HARSHIT MEHAT
  • UNNATI NANAVATI
  • NAVEEN KUNNINKATHU
  • HARI BHASKAR
  • VISWA KARTHIK
Their Contributions was Invaluable.
We are Happy that many Extended their Assistance to make this world a better place to Live!

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