The World Faith Strategy
World Faith’s primary goal is to deincentivize violence. We do this by:
- Countering narratives of Otherism by encouraging humanization through volunteering together.
- Addressing the underlying economic issues that make violence possible.
By mobilizing religiously diverse youth to design and implement development projects, we counter each driver of violence. We break down the narrative of conflict by creating opportunities for young people to recognize the humanity of their fellow youth while volunteering together. Sociologist Robert Putnam posed, “knowing someone within a particular religious group means a more positive assessment of that group in general— whether you have known that someone for a long time or not.” More than traditional dialogue between people of different faiths, humanization is needed.
World Faith’s second goal is to mobilize religious youth to end global poverty by 2030.
We don’t view the communities we work in as being helpless aid recipients. Local leaders design and implement the projects. For many, it is their first time recognizing themselves as stakeholders in their community. We are particularly focused on how engaging faith, including its social assets of community, relationships, and values, can cultivate social capital as an asset in community development in the communities that need it the most.
Because each Chapter is led by one or more local leaders, they can identify and engage with the needs of their community, addressing the local development issues. World Faith International is the primary connector, trainer, organizer, and promoter of each Chapter’s work. By emphasizing a more comprehensive approach to community development, World Faith is able to maximize our impact.
World Faith mobilized 5,000 volunteers in 300,000 hours of service, directly impacting the lives of 500,000 people.