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I strongly believe that children have an innate potential for spiritually. We need to listen carefully to children sharing their spirituality. As adults it is easy to believe that we're the ones teaching children and youth spirituality in the same way we would teach them how to behave in the street to avoid being run over by cars. It is not as simple as that.

I was witness to a 'community food bank', a very creative initiative that Arun, a child from one of our service villages initiated a few years ago. The trigger, 'a testimony of hunger', that formed part of the ethics education workshop he had participated in. He was honoured at the annual Coimbatore Peace Festival for his concrete work in serving society and building peace. As his name was read out along with his background, initiative and achievements ...the applause from the assembled children and young people got almost deafening. I sat there moved by this spontaneous 'sangamam', a coming together of children, one that transcended words and differences. This sangamam was based on what they valued and appreciated. The food bank continues even today to draw great energy and contribution from children in serving families living with HIV in my city Coimbatore.

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