World Faith Bangladesh
Interfaith Youth Chapter of Bangladesh
Vision & Mission: Dialogue to build a better Bangladesh to building up unity and peace through the interfaith youth friendship and cooperation.
•To make friendship boundaries.
•To work for unity and peace.
•To responds and building up social justice.
•To listen, sharing and learning from other faith.
•To transform society by individual transformation.
•To establish equal rights for all faith people.
•To respect and accept all people to dialogue in diversity
In Bangladesh there is a long tradition that people of various cultures, races, and religions live without boundaries or hostilities. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians accept the diverse complex of symbols and social interaction patterns. Religious membership or affiliation is the following: 87% Muslim, 10% Hindu and only 3% are Buddhists, while Christians are about 0.03%. Religious extremism is on the rise.
The effort to develop interfaith relations or inter-religious dialogue is new in our community. It is very important for us to promote and involve people in interfaith dialogue, genuine respect towards all religions and the desire to promote mutual understanding across religious lines. In Bangladesh there are few interfaith groups, which are focused on adults and religious leaders, and few youth activists realize interfaith dialogue should start among the youth. It was main idea to start interfaith Youth Chapter of Bangladesh.
Since 2008 informally few youth friends circle came together and discussed that it is very important to grant religious freedom to all. The Youth can play a very important role in taking the initiative to build up religious harmony and collaboration among religious communities. Young people realized to promote effective dialogue and to develop relationship with other faiths is an urgent need in the present context and situation in Bangladesh. Inter-faith dialogue has become an issue at the national level as well as at the international level. Positive and consistent dialogue can lead to something good for with the various cultures, races, and religions live without our people, culture and for our nation. In 2010 when we started process to start interfaith youth network we have found in campuses have very good interfaith bonding among the university friends without any intension and tension. This existing relation encouraged us to formed interfaith youth chapter of Bangladesh.
In 2011 beginning of the year we found World Faith organization, and we were inspired with their concern and motivated to give shape of interfaith youth net of Bangladesh. On 29 July 2011 the entire interfaith friends circle came together and started journey to take initiatives in the national level and composed national operational executive board 2011. This board is entrusted to promote Interfaith Youth Chapter Network in Bangladesh through the official and legal procedures.
Name of the Operational Executive Board 2011
1. Bipul Alite Gonsalves (National Director)
2. Milred D’ Costa (Documentation Secretary)
3. MD. Anwar (Group Leader from Old Dhaka)
4. Mark Julious Baroi (Finance Secretry)
5. Jony Baroi ( Group Leader from Notre Dame College)
6. Md Nur –Ul-Muyeed (Group Leader from Dhaka Monipuripara)
7. Monica Lvely Pereira (Group Leader from Dhaka Framgate)