Religions, religious leaders, religious organizations and, religious communities play a critical role in defining the resilience of communities. Resilience RTC has prioritized Interreligious Engagement for Community Resilience as its niche area in the community resilience ecosystem. Starting with some disaster management training for Buddhist monks in 2015, Resilience RTC has trained religious groups consisting of Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Nepal. It has also trained Islamic Scholars from the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama on disaster management.
Resilience RTC recently successfully completed its signature project the “Pillars of Resilience”, Capacity Building of Religious Leaders on Community Resilience, a project funded by the US Embassy of Colombo, under the Small and Mighty Grants Program, administered through Sarvodaya. Two hundred and seven religious leaders have been trained on community resilience under this project. The technical partners of this project included the Disaster Management Centre of the Ministry of Disaster Management, Disaster Preparedness and Response division of the Ministry of Health, and 1990 Suwaseriya.
The Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Caritas Sri Lanka, Caritas Sethmini Rathnapura, All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, Brahma KumariRaja Yoga Center, Rama Krishna Mission, and Chinmaya Mission were among the partners of the Pillars of Resilience Project. The Interreligious Symposium on Community Resilience marked the culmination of the project which was attended by religious leaders and scholars from all major faiths of Sri Lanka as well as community resilience practitioners. The Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka was the Academic Partner of this symposium. Resilience RTC has already received requests to translate and adapt the above material for similar projects in India, Indonesia, Nepal, and Myanmar. The knowledge products developed under the Pillars of Resilience project could be accessed through the with the google class code: bd9h5r Pillars of Resilience Partners