Inter Faith Week - or Why I am involved with Joomla!
This week, 21st to 27th November, is Inter Faith Week in England and Wales.
Wherever I go I am always asked why I am involved in Joomla! and why I give so much of my time to a piece of software. Working together with people across the world to produce software that will help, in some small way, activities like this take place is exactly what motivates me.
Of course I am excited to see large multi-national companies and government bodies using Joomla but it is when I see small charities or non-profit organisations able to organise events and spread their message, using Joomla, that I am really happy.
"The aims of the Week are to: strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels; increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, and, in particular, celebrate and build on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society; and increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious belief."
This is the fourth year of Mitzvah Day and it has grown each year with more and more people becoming involved and this year for the first time the Sikh community have organised their own event, Sewa Day.
Unlike other events these days are about "giving back, making a difference, all together...where...thousands of people take part in hands on projects, without fundraising, to support charities and to build stronger communities."
Our mission is to reduce hardship and poverty, to help our environment and to bring a little joy - hands on – no fundraising. It is a way for all of us to make our mark regardless of our affiliation, wealth, age, sex or nationality.