Journey with purpose

Transforming Encounters

Opening the eyes of young people to their unique potential to change the world through working together.

Saphara believes in the potential of young people to change the world.

Our teams provide opportunities for young people from Northern Ireland and India to have transforming encounters – where they discover that although they come from very different backgrounds, together they have the potential to make a real difference in the world.

As young people engage with each other, stereotypes are broken down and they learn to respect and value each other, recognizing that we all have the potential to do great things in our lives. As one Northern Irish team member put it, “I thought we were coming to help the Indian children but they’ve inspired me.”

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We believe passionately that every child is created and loved by God and deserves an education that values them and enables them to flourish.

We believe in the right of each young person to be valued irrespective of gender, religion, caste and relative affluence. Young people are encouraged reflect on their beliefs as we create a space where those from Northern Ireland can encounter each other across the community divide in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Equally, we encourage young people from both countries to reflect on faith and social attitudes against the backdrop of the challenges encountered in India.

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