The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is inviting applications from young Indians to take part in a youth leadership programme. The Faiths Act Fellowship is meant to build stronger bonds between people from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths. The application deadline is December 31.
Indians inspired by faith, between 20-27 years, will start the year-long fellowship in July 2011.
The programme is going to cover India in the 2011-2012 fellowship as the country is an example of interfaith and a source of inspiration to all engaging in common action for the common good. Participants will be given a one-month residential training course in London, learning alongside their peers. After the training, fellows will return to India to work at a non-government organisation to motivate people of various faiths to work together to wipe out extreme poverty. Young multi-faith leaders will be trained and based in urban and rural poverty projects in New Delhi.
There will be ongoing training throughout the year, followed by graduation into the foundation’s alumni programme which gives the opportunity to represent it internationally as speakers, advisors and trainers.
Tony Blair, patron and founder, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, has said, “India and its people have so much to teach the world of interfaith; it is a living, breathing example of the concept of interfaith with so many different cultures and faiths having lived together side by side for hundreds of years. The Indian people have experienced the tensions and opportunities that such diversity brings and will help to inform and enrich the fellowship. It is my hope that we will see a generation of young Indians come forward and respond to the opportunity that the fellowship brings.” For details, check www.faithsactfellows.org.