Thursday, March 29, 2012

Formal Invitation Letter, We are very pleased to extend our formal invitation for the Service Project in Nepal to be held from June 2-9, 2012. The Religious Youth Service is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to give opportunities to young religious people to live and work together as a community. The RYS has done projects in North America and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.


RYS Nepal Office: 810, Peace Embassy Building, Bhagawati Bahal Naxal-1, Kathmandu, Nepal. Tel: 977-1-4444871 Fax: 977-1-4444818

                             RYS Service Project Nepal, 2-9 June2012

Formal Invitation Letter, We are very pleased to extend our formal invitation for the Service Project in Nepal to be held from June 2-9, 2012.

  The Religious Youth Service is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to give opportunities to young religious people to live and work together as a community. The RYS has done projects in North America and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
     RYS is an experiential, service-learning project with a special focus on developing personal leadership and peacemaking skills. Through living and providing altruistic service within a community, we demonstrate that it is possible for our global human family to live together in peace and co-prosperity.
    We are glad to inform you that RYS-Nepal is organizing RYS Service Project in Chitlang Makwanpur from 2-9 June, 2012 with the theme "Social Transformation through Service ". We had for the past few years successfully hold the RYS Projects in Nepal and the similar projects are going on worldwide.
During the RYS Nepal Project, the participants will engaged in the community based volunteer works, educational workshop, interfaith & community visits, interaction programs, cultural learning experiences program and more exciting programs.
Herewith, we invite the young men and woman from different faith background, aged between18-35 to attend this unique service based project. During the project we will provide free lodging, food and domestic land transportation.
Look forward seeing you in Kathmandu.
Piya Ratna Maharjan
Project Director
Mobile: 9841228264. Email: rysnepal@yahoo.com
RYS Vision Statement
Young leaders of all faiths serving together for Peace
RYS Mission
Our mission is to provide an environment wherein youth can rise above doctrinal differences, unite in activities of service and learning, and develop leadership abilities that enable them to help create a culture of peace.  
RYS History
     The RYS was founded in 1986 and did its first social service project with 120 youths between the ages of 20 - 30 for a period of six weeks. By 1988, the program was transformed into an experiential, social service-learning project. Since 1990, RYS has done many projects annually in various countries around the world. By the late 1990s, RYS expanded its educational program to include leadership components. The new millennium saw an integration of the arts as service into our programs and projects. 
     In recent years, we have further expanded our outreach, doing more projects locally, regionally and internationally, drawing together people who historically have been enemies and providing them with opportunities to work together in serving the whole community. Through this, deep friendships have been formed and peace has been honored and celebrated.RYS Education programs
     The RYS provides intercultural, experiential, social service-learning opportunities for youth to challenge their limitations and thereby develop personal leadership abilities. We give participants a chance to take initiative and build relationships of cooperation, trust and friendship with people from diverse backgrounds.
     Woven into the project schedules are a variety of cultural events, educational seminars and recreational activities that allow participants to experience the amazing cultures of the world firsthand.
     Through these opportunities, participants can realize their potential, share their best qualities, and improve their capacity for reconciliation. After completing the RYS programs, participants can apply their enhanced leadership capabilities to develop sustainable, peace promoting activities with diverse people.  
It is also an opportunity for people to express and further deepen their faith, as well as share their best qualities. Through our program, many have expanded their understanding of themselves and others and become true "Youth Ambassadors for Peace".
     The RYS is in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)- which form a blueprint agreed to by all the world's countries and all the world's leading development institutions.

RELIGIOUS YOUTH SERVICE
Chitlang, Nepal
June 2-9,  2012

REGISTRATION FORM
                                                                                                                                                               
INSTRUCTIONS: (1)Please type or print legibly                                                                   
                               (2) Attach a recent passport size photograph                           

I. PERSONAL

Name____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                         Title                                                                           First Name                    Family Name (as given in Passport)

Male (   )      Female (    )   Date of Birth_____________ ___________________Marital Status ____________________________________
                                                                Month               Day                 Year

Religious Tradition________________________Current Religion Affiliation______________________Country of Birth________________

Country of Citizenship___________________________________Passport no/date of issue/expiry__________________________________

II. CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City                                     State/Province            Postal Code                                        Country

Phone______________________________  Fax____________________ ___________Email_____________________________________

PERMANENT ADDRESS:(if different from the above address) ____________________________________________________________
                                                                                                        City                                                                    State/Province

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                       
                              Postal Code                                                                                              Country

III. RECOMMENDATION and PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN A SERVICE PROJECT

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

IV. DIETARY PREFERENCES





PASSPORT INFORMATION:  This information is very important if our office needs to help you obtain a visa. If you are in the process of getting a passport, please send us this information as soon as it is available. If you need an invitation letter please contact PiyaRatnaMaharjan at:  rysnepal@yahoo.com





Contact: 810 Peace Embassy Building, BhagawatiBahal, Naxal-01
Kathmandu Nepal. Tel; 977-1-4444871 email: rysnepal@yahoo.com


RYS Service Project, Chitlang, Nepal

-      Tentative Program Schedule


June 2, 2012( Saturday)


All Day Arrival-

12:00                     Departure to Chitlang
4:00 pm                 ArriveChitlang
5:00                        Welcome
5:30                        Check in
6:00                        Introduction
8:00                        Dinner
9:30                        Lights out
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3 June 2012 ( Sunday)

7:00:AM               Wake Up
7:30:                      Morning Devotion & Exercise
8:00:                      Breakfast
9:00:                      Registration
10:00:                    Opening Session
11:00:                    Briefing on the program/objectives of program/introduction of school
12:00:                    Lunch
2:00                        Visit Chitlang Goat Cheese making house  
3:30                        Project site work: Helping on making a library room            
5:00                        Tea break
5:30                        Continue works
7:00                        Dinner
8:00                        Reflection
9:00                        Free time
10:00                     Lights Out

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4 June 2012( Monday )

6:00:AM               Wake Up
6:30:                      Morning Devotion & Yoga Exercise
7:00:                      Breakfast
8:00:                      Work at Project Site
10:30:                    Tea -Break/ continue Works
12:00:                    Lunch
1:30: PM               Interfaith Visitat Hindu Temple and Trout Fish Breeding Farm
3:00                        Tea Break
5:00                        Return to dormitory
6:00                        Education Program/Sharing
8:00                        Dinner
9:00                        Free time
10:00                     Lights Out
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5 June  2012    ( Tuesday )
6:00:AM               Wake Up
6:30:                      Morning Walk
7:00:                      Breakfast
9:00:                      Community based Drinking Water Work  (helping to lay pipes for drinking  water for local community & laying water sanitation pipe : work together with local community )
12:00:                    Lunch
1:00: PM               Interfaith visit Buddhist Peace Pagoda built by Emperor Ashok 2025 years ago
3:00                        Tea Break
5:00                        Return to dormitory
6:00                        Brain-Storm  Session
8:00                        Dinner
9:00                        Free time
10:00                     Lights Out
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6 June 2012  (Wednesday)

6:00:AM               Wake Up
6:30:                      Meditation
7:00:                      Breakfast
8:00                        Trekkingto Marco (One of the beautiful place in Chitlang covering forest, hydropower, green pastures& villages)
12:00:                    Picnic Lunch
1:00: PM               Interfaith program at Church
4:00                        Project works: Library
6:00                        Education Session
7:00                        Reflection/ Sharing
8:00                        Dinner
9:00                        Free time
10:00                     Lights Out


7 June 2012  ( Thursday)

6:00:AM               Wake Up
6:30:                      Morning Spiritual Assembly
7:00:                      Breakfast
7:30                        Educational Excursion to Daman (Tourist attraction destination where we can view the panoramic view of Himalayas and pony riding and short trekking
12:00:                    Lunch
5:00                        Education Program
7:00                        Reflection
8:00                        Dinner
9:00                        Free time
10:00                     Lights Out
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8June 2012  ( Friday)

6:00:AM               Wake Up
6:30:                      Morning Freshness Program
7:30                        Breakfast
7:45:                      Leadership Training Program
10:00:                    Friendship Volleyball Match
1:00: PM               Lunch with Community
3:00                        Closing Ceremony/Cultural Program Community
Cultural Program by students       
                                Graduation Ceremony
8:00                        Bon Fire Dinner
9:00                        Entertainment
                                Lights Out
               

9  June  2012  ( Saturday )

7:30                        Morning Breakfast

All Day Departure to Kathmandu


RYS International Voluntary Service Project
Theme
"Social Transformationthrough Service"

Project Date           :  2-9 June, 2012
Location                   :  Chitlang, Makwanpur,  Nepal
Project Work          : To build the Library at the Shree SwachandaBhairavHigher Secondary Schooland the renovation of the Community Drinking Water

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Partnership Project with Shree SwachandaBhairav Higher Secondary School
Local Village Development under the Ministry of Local Development
Chitlang Local Community and Universal Peace Federation

Introduction of Nepal
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. With an area of 147,181 square kilometers (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass]and the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the nation's capital.
Nepal has a rich geography. The mountainous north has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, called Sagarmatha in Nepali. It contains more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level.[7] The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized.


RYS Community Based Service Project
RYS has organized several service projects in Nepal on annual basis promoting inter-religious harmony and educating youths representing from different tradition, culture and faiths in Nepal.
RYS Projects has been known among many youths, religious organization, NGOS, government and the people of Nepal for its unique components as
  • Community based service project
  • Value Education, Leadership Training Program, Peace Education
  • Inter-religious Visits, interaction programs  and Dialogue with communities
  • Cross cultural International Learning Experience
  • Volunteer Service Opportunity

Role of RYS in Nepal
RYS Nepal in its continuous effort in promoting peace and harmony through service projects in Nepal and since 2003 RYS Nepal has been organizing such service projects in different parts of Nepal. It has been one of the most successful result oriented service projects ever in Nepal.
Religious Youth for Peace
Religious Youth Service is creating a youth generation for the past decade in Nepal who are religious minded dynamic socio spiritual oriented people and with this group we can lay  forthe sustainable peace and development. This is exactly RYS Nepal is doing in producing peace minded youth that live for the sake of others rather than themselves.
About the school and the Need of a Library in Chitlang
SwocchandaBhairav Higher School was established more than sixty years old.  It is one and only higher school in this Chitlang area. Many children walk more than hours every day to go to this school for study since it is the only school that offers class one to college level. More than 550 children are studying there. Though this is higher secondary  school in this region and very popular among the local community. Unfortunately  there is no library in this school or around this areas ,Therefore, we propose to support building library which is very important component  of improving the education standard  of the children.

Introduction of the Community Project Site
Community basedProject Work 1:    To build the Library for school

Project Work 2: To renovate  Community  Water  Drinking Work
During the project RYS participants will do renovation of the Community Water tap so that they will have 24 hours drinking water from natural spring water.  Also we will support working for the drainage system near the water tap so that water will run smoothly. This will be another significant contribution towards the people of Chitlangfor their life improvement.
Scenes around project area

Registration
Those who are interested in participating at this service project can apply on line or send their application direct at the following address;
Number of Participants:
·         We cordially invite the dynamic youth volunteers from local and international to this service project.  Participants should be between 16-35 years old.

Registration Fees:

·          International participant US$100
                Regional USD$50
                 Local Rs 1500    

RYS - Education Program
Imparting knowledge, providing education and giving training to the RYS participants is the most important segment of RYS Project therefore during the project we will invite different religious leaders, scholars, teachers and NGO for interaction and devotional programs so that young people will have ample opportunity to learn and understand each tradition, culture, faiths so that after the program they can share their experience back to their local communities.
Similarly  International participants will have chance to learn about the Nepalese culture, tradition, deep rooted religious background and history by visiting local families and community.
 Inter-religious Visits

Impact of the Project:                    What changes we can make:
Chitlang is an emerging tourist destination and yet it is without much development due to geographical location. There are only a few schools and the school we are doing project is only higher school in this area and presently there are more than 550 children are receiving education from this school. With the establishment of library the children, teachers and the researchers will be benefit.
Library is one of most required component of the education and every children needs to read books and until today children in this region are deprived of this facilities. Therefore, making a library will the best gift we can offer to the people of Chitlang Nepal.
Driking Water Project :  The community get benefit daily from this works.
Benefit Target Group:  
More than 500 school children and youths will get immediate benefits and the children in future. Teachers, visiting scholars, students and the community as a whole will get benefit indirectly. It will be the best gift we can offer this is community.
Project Partnership
Our aim is to build strong partnership and look forward working together for the betterment. Therefore, we look forward the interested project partners to make this service project successful.Those who are interested please contact us for more information. 
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Contact Address:
PiyaRatnaMaharjan       
Program Director
Peace Embassy Building,BhagavatiBahal, Naxal-1, Kathmandu, Nepal.Tel: 977-1-4444871, 4444872. Fax: 977-1-4444818Email: rysnepal@yahoo.com, Mobile: 977-9841228264

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