No-one left behind

SDIA participation at the UN in September, by Suzanna Dayne

SDIA was among a number of nonprofits invited by the United Nations to attend a series of consultative meetings in New York in September during the week of the UN’s 68th General Assembly.

The theme for the General Assembly was: “The Post 2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!”  SDIA has been active in UN meetings since gaining consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  Many of SDIA’s development projects on five continents focus on the UN’s eight point program known as the MDGs, Millennium Development Goals.

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Helping the global effort

SDIA representation at United Nations events on the Millennium Development Goals, by Sofan “Ethan” Harris

“Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen, please take your seats we are ready to convene.”

After studying International Relations in London 2005, I moved to South America to Learn Spanish, teach English and gain international experience. While living in Buenos Aires Argentina and Santiago Chile, I was elected Chairperson of Susila Dharma Argentina and Chile. My prior experience with SDIA made me a good candidate to represent the organization at the United Nations Events at the end of September in New York City.

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Why Children Matter: Protecting & Supporting Children on the Move

Report on United Nations meeting: Why Children Matter: Protecting & Supporting Children on the Move, by Uraidah Hassani

Hosted by the Permanent Missions of Italy, Mexico and the Philippines to the United Nations, the Inter-Agency Group on Children on the Move, and Save the Children.

On October 10, 2013, I attended the high-level dialogue entitled, Why Children Matter, on children, international migration and international development. The panel focused on considering the interest of the child in the migration debate, which would strengthen the linkage between development and migration. There are currently 33 million children under the age of 11 years old who are migrants. Our principal concern when considering migration should be the protection of the child.

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A life-changing experience! Human Force in Puebla

Happy Human ForcersIf you are making your plans for the congress in 2014, stop right there – and consider coming a little early. You won’t regret it!

After four successful volunteer camps between 2009 and 2012, Human Force will run its fifth camp in conjunction with SDIA member A Child’s Garden of Peace during the last week of July, before congress begins. There, the Force will help create a garden at a pre-school for disadvantaged children in Puebla so that they have a space where they can connect with the natural world.

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Moved from within: SDIA Networking Conference in Indonesia

By Hesther and Raphael Bate

Within Subud, the Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA) is popularly known as ‘the charitable arm of Subud’, which it is. But it is so much more: it is also a channel for some of us who are ‘moved from within to take action in the world’.

Many of us take that movement from our latihan into the wider world through our work, our interactions with others and by volunteering our energy and money with registered charities. Many countries within the worldwide community of Subud have their own SD National organisation, which usually works with projects in other parts of the globe, occasionally in partnership with government departments for overseas development. SDIA is the central body, with UN consultative status and taking the UN Millennium Development Goals as one of its approaches.

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Melodies out of the Angklung

Musings on the Susila Dharma Conference at Cipanas, Indonesia, 2013 by Gopinath K. Parakuni, Ashoka Centre, India

Children at YUM with angklung

Children at YUM with angklung

That evening at the community centre of Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM), little girls with cleverly plaited hair and little boys in crisp batik shirts stood in rows with their Angklung and played us a melody or two. The audience, representatives of Susila Dharma from various countries and continents were amazed at the cooperation and coordination among children so young, for the Angklung cannot be played by a single player, but the distinct note played by each player on his or her instrument confluence into the melody through exactly-timed rendering.

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