URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. We implement our mission through grassroots groups, called Cooperation Circles, which bring diverse people together to jointly engage in community actions such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights.
Our region URI North Zone India and Afghanistan maintains a Blog, ‘Khwaeesh’ where all activities relating to the organisation and it’s vision are published. It is called ‘Khwaeesh’ after the earnest desire that the people of this Region have in promoting peace and starting little conversations garnered at bringing maximum change.
Through this blog, we hope to share community-building efforts and stories relating to inter-faith peacebuilding and conflict transformation. The Blog explores and accepts entries in multiple formats. Essays engaging with discriminated societies, and the ability to represent and give a voice to the lesser heard narratives of our times are encouraged.
The Blog additionally has a creative section that publishes entries that explore the creative format such as photography, cinematography, poetry and fiction that explores social issues through the creative medium. URI North Zone also encourages applicants from Afghanistan to share their stories of change. We accept submissions in English, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali, and are constantly trying to increase the number of languages in which we publish.