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An International Civil Society Organization (ICSO) to catalyze sustainable long-term systemic change in culture, education, health & environment, economics and research, and the attainment of higher individual and collective states of consciousness, the advancement of peace, knowledge and understanding.
An Organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Spanda promotes transnational and international cooperation to advance human achievement; the transition to sustainability and to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world; humane health care and greater equity in global health and education; fosters innovative programs that challenge existing cultural, social and scientific patterns aiming to introduce new models of practice. Promotes the study, the preservation and conservation of cultural and environmental heritage and indigenous knowledge (IK) while fostering theecological awareness for future generations. Fosters the use of science and education to promote solutions that help conserve nature; to promote and foster relations and exchange of cultural, artistic, religious and scientific values among people, countries, regions and groupings, particularly by seeking to generate mutual understanding and acceptance at grassroots levels for their intellectual, cultural and spiritual heritage. Provides the bridge for cultural and scientific exchange and
appreciation between Eastern and Western cultures, and to facilitate and enhance educational opportunities for the community. Collects and disseminate knowledge and information about the arts and culture in both policy and practice and by serving as a locus for interdisciplinary exploration of higher education. Enhances dialogue and
interactive interchange between cultures on a wide
range of issues, thereby improving bilateral and
multilateral relations. Encourages research and
cultural exchange through community and academic learning. Supports the collection and provision of international exchange information and international cultural exchange standard bearers.
Currently Spanda Foundation has three projects:
The Mantra Project
Mantra is a green microfinance project focusing on empowerment of women, education and renewable energy. The Project strives to alleviate poverty and revitalize communities by enabling them to attain economic self-sufficiency through suitable, sustainable and equitable development. Currently, Mantra's focal objective is to improve the standard of living in selected villages in the district of Pujehun and Bo in Sierra Leone through the implementation of a sustainable solar power plant, promoting the productive use of energy and bringing about income generating activities.
The Jubilo Project
Jubilo is a comparative religious project with an anthropological approach aiming to foster conflict prevention, ethnic integration and peace building actions through an in-depth and respectful dialogue among the Abrahamic faiths and cultures. It consists of a threefold structure: the documentary series Abraham's Legacy, the Tea for Peace series of round-table dialogues on specific topics, and the multimedia thematic series The Spirit Inspires my Way. The Project underlines the contribution of cultural diversity to our common heritage and shared values to create stronger community cohesion and mutual acceptance.
The Musiké Project
Musiké deals with ethnic, root, traditional and classical music. It aims to research, recover, document, conserve and then disseminate the world's ethnomusicological heritage across a wide audience by means of concerts and multimedia. This is a wide spectrum project with an accurate and natural balance between educational values and musical enjoyment. Through a deeper understanding of musical traditions, Musik contributes to achievement of a greater tolerance among people and to enhance cultural diversity.
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