For a World United
World United Actions or "Fragments of brotherhood"
For us Y4UW, the “Fragments of brotherhood” have a special importance. They are permanent projects in the social field in favour of the most needy, like street children, homeless people, lonely elders, prisoners, immigrants: everything that our 'creativity' may suggest to heal the wounds of our society.
First of all, we commit ourselves in a personal level to loving every neighbour in our environments (family, school, neighbourhood, university, work, friends…) and together with the other young people we promote activities and initiatives on a local and worldwide scale, with timely interventions in emergency situations (catastrophes, natural disasters, wars…) by collecting funds and/or giving concrete assistance in places of need.
United World Week
It’s our annual appointment, celebrated throughout the world with a variety of activities involving the mass media and civil and religious institutions, to influence public opinion and bear witness that together we can build a united world, making humanity always closer to being one single family.
The United World Week began in 1996: it presents a proposal to cities and institutions to promote unity and peace on every level; even though it’s promoted by us young people, it is directed to all those who believe in the same principles and goals.
We want to contribute towards building a united world, as a projection of Jesus’ testament: “That all may be one” (Cf. Jn 17:21) in society; and not only on a communitarian level, but first of all personally, in our daily life, creating a cultural current which gradually permeates the world of the youth called to face the numerous difficulties of today’s world.
Back in 1969, Chiara Lubich involved all the young people in the newborn Gen Movement, in a communion of goods that spanned the whole world, in what would then become the so called Operation Africa. She gave them as a goal for their generation, to contribute to bringing about new peoples, with the view to building a united world. But this required them to contribute to healing the wounds caused by centuries of colonization.
Chiara stated that it was a matter “of justice to make up for the debt that the Western had towards the African continent” and she showed them the unknown face of Africa, full of precious values which lack in Western societies. The young people, and not only them, would respond to this appeal: the little town of Fontem came to life, in Cameroon.
During the Genfest 2000, Chiara launched a new campaign of solidarity with the youth present: the Project Africa. This time, along with us Youth for a United World from many nations, there were also the Bangwa youth (a tribe in West Cameroon, Africa), not only working for Fontem, but for all the African peoples, in an exchange of riches between different cultures.
From Chiara’s talk during the Genfest 2000: