The mission of Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF) is to foster cooperation rather than confrontation among people of different religions and cultures. CECF focuses on the factors that have led to the rise and fall of previous civilizations and how people of this millennium can benefit from lessons of the past in a world literally changing to a global village.
Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF) is a non-profit organization registered in the State of Maryland-USA dedicated to enhancing awareness and appreciation of the multi-faceted and innumerable benefits each culture and civilization has to offer.
Our primary endeavors are through people-to-people dialogues, cultural exchange programs, language learning experiences, inter-religious activities, religious and cultural orientations, clergy training, conferences and academic seminars.
By being actively involved and getting to know the students during the conference, I learned so much about their cultures and watching them bond and form friendships with one another added even another layer to my experience…let me tell you the BUBW conference is like nothing else, and when you are actively involved and get to know these students as a chaperone, it teaches you so much more than you can imagine
This was my first time in America. It really changed the perception I had in my mind about American people. I found out the Americans are friendly, kind and loyal people.
My perceptions about the Jewish community changed from negative to positive after understanding their beliefs and practices. I realized that they are just like any other religion that wants to reach God in their own ways. I initially detested them so much, due to their activities in the West Bank and Gaza. I was also able to separate Islam as a religion, and cultures of certain communities… Most of us practice Islam in the Arab culture, something that has produced many controversies.
My fear about being a Muslim and wearing a hijab in the U.S. was driven away as I realized there was a considerable number of Muslims and several mosques. There is freedom of worship and these mosques also provide community services.
I never visited or had any feelings for Jews or Shia Muslims- in fact, I was biased and sort of looked down upon them – religiously. I changed my perception about them, and realized the pluralistic nature of religion. I was somewhat intolerant of Shia for no apparent reason but stereotyping.