HUMANITARIAN RELIEF: LEADERSHIP IN SERVICE
In His Words: “Even a suit of clothes that others have worn becomes a gift of joy to those who need it. Small acts of true love, gathered together, create a garden resplendent with flowers of true love that will cure societies ills."
International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF):founded in 1975 IRFF provides humanitarian aid in the form of food, medical supplies, and clothing in situations of disasters, disease and war. IIFF has brought hope and relief to millions of people across all national, racial and religious boundaries. IIRFF has long term developmental projects in the areas of health care, nutrition, literacy, and vocational and agricultural education.
IRFF has worked together with UNICEF, UNESCO, Caritas, the International Red Cross, Christian Disaster Relief and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In 1995, Christian Disadter Relief awarded IIFWP its Five Year Service Award, and in 1996 it was nominated for the prestigious Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
INTERRELIGIOUS SERVICE ACTIVITIES Thirty-two of the thirty-six violent conflicts during the closing decade of the 20th century had their roots in religious animosity. However, far from seeing religions as the problem, Reverend Moon envisions a world where religious people are active, united and the most effective group to end conflict, poverty and social problems.
World Peace Through Interfaith Dialogue and Action:
In His Words: “As people of faith, we must keep in mind that religion is not simply a matter of dogma and belief. Faith must be demonstrated through substantial acts of love and service. When love is practiced through actions of service aimed at uplifting those in need, the spirit of religion can be better understood by a world that has grown increasingly skeptical.” Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Religious Youth Service (RYS):Founded in 1986, responding to post-modern disillusionment, RYS promotes the twin ideals of interreligious harmony and public service. RYS is a unique service organization where youth leaders of various faiths work on-site together to serve a needy community. RYS has sponsored over one hundred such youth training programs hosted in more than 40 nations. Participants transcend religious differences as they work together in activities such as building a school in a poor area while at the same time learning to appreciate their respective faiths.
Women’s Federation for World Peace Service Projects (WFWP):Founded in 1992 to promote the value of women, humanitarian aid and service projects are a major component of WFWP.
The most famous and important service project began in 1993 when WFWP sent teams of 10 Japanese service volunteers to serve for three years in 60 of the world's neediest nations. The result was dozens of ongoing service projects in those countries, ranging from career training programs to medical clinics. Since then these Japanese volunteers continue to serve those nations though periodic visits and regular donations to the service projects they founded during their three years in-country.
Isshin Hospital Medical Teams:Founded in 1978, Isshin Hospital in Japan sends out medical teams to crisis areas in Asia and Africa and Latin America. Service began in the 1970s providing medical care to lepers in Korea and Okinawa; then teams were sent to Vietnamese refugee camps, the slums of Manila, the Central African Republic and Brazil.
Both Japanese and Korean doctors and nurses form the medical team. Bringing together people from longtime enemy nations, such teams help overcome national prejudices to serve for the greater good, thus embodying Reverend Moon's vision of service projects that help others and also heal divisions of nationality, race and religion.