One of the fundamental principles of neohumanism is that of social equality: the building of a society in which all participants have importance and opportunity. In this panel discussion, we will present ways that this principle is being implemented in community development projects around the world through public education, advocacy and direct service. We will highlight solutions birthed from the soil of local people
Tarek Dib, Lebanon
Femilya Putri, Indonesia
Eugenia Nwankwo, Nigeria
Demeter Russavof, Haiti
Peter Sage is a Yoga monk, using his time for spiritual teaching and global service, trying to live up to the high ideals of his guiding guru, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. As international coordinator of the NGO AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team), he has traveled extensively setting up and evaluating grass-roots development projects. He has stepped foot in over 60 countries, visiting presidential palaces and village huts. He has been arrested, threatened at gunpoint and feted as a hero. He has rubbed shoulders with people of all religions and skin-colors, celebrating the beauty of the human family.
Tarek Dib is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for AMURT Lebanon. Over the past 5 years, he has developed important data collection tools for assessing the impact of AMURT’s projects upon the community. These tools have helped our social workers assess social and economic vulnerability, our psychologists track psycho-social progress, and our teachers assess the effectiveness of classroom methods and strategies. Tarek graduated from California State University, East Bay in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics.
Nwankwo Eugenia Chizoba
Nwankwo Eugenia Chizoba has worked as a health and family planning educator for AMURT Nigeria since August 2018. She also runs AMURT’s adolescent sexual and reproductive health program. She is a trained nurse and midwife, and a public health enthusiast.
Femilya Putri is the Program Manager, AMURT Indonesia. She was born to a Muslim family near Mount Kerinci in rural Sumatra, Indonesia, and completed her Master’s Degree in Management in 2010. After working for an Indonesian disaster response NGO, Femilya was motivated to support vulnerable communities. This led her to join AMURT Indonesia in 2011. Femilya aspires to do more for more people; to bring happiness to those in need throughout Indonesia. Since 2014, Femilya has been the Program Manager of AMURT Indonesia’s early childhood teacher training projects.
Demeter Russafov has been Haiti Country Director for AMURT for the past 10 years. During this time, he has overseen projects to improve salt harvesting technologies in the Haitian northwest, and self help groups to foster greater social solidarity.