The Objectives of Walk of Hope addressed the six crucial areas of social co-existence in India , that would help achieve lasting peace and harmony.
Interfaith Harmony – Initiatives that promoted and nurture interfaith unity, harmony and the message of oneness.
The emphasis was on enabling and nurturing dialogues between communities, regardless of their faith, through education, advocacy and community-wide events. Faith had to function as a tool for peace, rather than division and marginalization. Through valuable secular inputs, initiatives to increase tolerance and goodwill between communities and faiths, were implemented. The dialogues were hoped to enable and promote mutual empathy, understanding and cooperation leading to a culture of peace and harmony. Global stability is in our own hands and it is important to go back to the core message of our scriptures to explore and celebrate the concept of interfaith relationships.
Equality for All – Enabling equality for all, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, language and gender.
Such equality provides protection to individuals against discrimination and the right to be treated with respect and dignity in the society. The emphasis was, therefore, to create awareness resulting in a social movement that enabled truly equal opportunities. Such a movement guaranteed equal access to laws, income, education, public services and similar rights. Our initiatives attempted to end not only conspicuous and hidden discrimination but also ending subconscious bias. Our endeavour was to reform institutions that inadvertently exercise segregation. The focus was on building a systematic campaign to create awareness of a world where no one has to forgo their rights because of who they are.
Sustainable Living – Activities inspiring harmony with nature to energise our immediate eco-systems.
The initiatives envisaged working closely with governments, businesses and local communities to facilitate sustainable living. The campaign encapsulated a mode of living where we lived within the innate carrying capacity of the planet. The campaign also sought to inform the stakeholders about the dangers faced as a result of global warming, increasing pollution, indiscriminate mining, elimination of forest cover, unregulated expansion of urban spaces and exploding population growth . Afforestation, rain water harvesting and maintenance of water -bodies were undertaken with due diligence. The intention was to evolve simpler lifestyles, moderate consumerism, equitable growth, and smarter waste disposal thus promoting efficiency and reducing ecological impact.
Women Empowerment - Programs that engender empowerment and safety of women and their safety.
The strategy was to educate and thus empower women to ensure they have a significant role in governance, public dialogue and decisions that will influence their families’ and society’s future. Through advocacy and rights-based campaigns, the emphasis was on imparting skills training as a need-based programme, encouraging social entrepreneurship through self-help groups and enabling access to micro-financing options to facilitate such entrepreneurial start-ups. Empowering women was essential to reducing poverty and generating creating income amongst impoverished communities. The cause of the girl child will be given special importance since empowered and educated women will pass on these benefits to their children and families, leading to equality. A well- being initiative stressing on personal health and hygiene also formed part of this process.
Community Health – Propagating effective community awareness programs to improve sanitation and primary healthcare, thus creating a positive influence on personal and societal health and hygiene.
The emphasis is to address concerns of community health by building long-term partnerships with the local community to maximisze the impact. This partnership will be crucial in assessing the needs of the community, quantifying vulnerability to diseases, managing disability, prevention of diseases and death. The community outreach — stressing on wholesome nutrition and maternal health — will be conducted through workshops, interactive sessions and personal conversations. Creating a corps of local volunteers within the community to monitor physical and mental health anomalies, addiction tendencies and educating people about personal and community hygiene measures will help to prevent and alleviate chronic diseases and epidemics, thereby enhancing the quality of life.
Education & Youth Development – An active proponent to spread education in the lower strata of society and to empower youth through education across the nation.
The initiative commits to helping impoverished communities and young people realize their full potential through workshops, programs and outreach programmes. Besides delivering literacy missions for the uneducated, the programmes will emphasize on character education by imparting core ethical values. Mentoring the youth, collaborating with organisations working in education and career advancement, participating in youth exchange programmes and finally, training the youth with adequate supporting paraphernalia to improve academics are some of the steps designed to, minimize risk behaviours and build well-rounded personalities. The initiative will also help the unemployed youth to develop trade skills and gain crucial work experience to get employed easily in the job market.
The Mission actively conceptualized, organised and executed activities and initiatives that brought true reformation and change in human minds for a better, more inclusive and truly united world.