The Lindus Institute

Mandate: "To promote intercultural cooperation and understanding on a broad range of national and international issues"  

Refugee Empowerment:

Some refugee camps have been in existence for twenty years or more and can no longer be considered temporary settlements for displaced populations. The Lindus Institute has initiated the empowerment of refugees within refugee camps and is coordinating with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the World Bank to implement hydroponic agriculture to provide a source of fresh food in the camps and to promote private investment to support entrepreneurship of the refugees inside the camps. 

      The Lindus Institute is also advocating for the rights of refugees as they are mandated in the 1951 Convention on Refugees to ensure their safety and protection under international law.

Economic Development: 

Many populations in the world continue to suffer due to poor economic conditions.  In some cases, these populations have skills that could be utilized to provide income, but they have not had the training to learn how to market them.  Crafts and artistic productions, tourism, and food production are all activities that can provide needed income to impoverished populations, but they need the resources and expertise to accomplish these goals.  

    The Lindus Institute is coordinating with the U.S. Agency for International Development to implement increased production of organic products in the Balkans and Kenya and to develop the resources internal to the major tropical rain forests to prevent further deforestation of the forests which are major absorbers of carbon dioxide and other gases which are contributing to global warming.  

Peace Building:

The Lindus Institute is currently in the process of organizing musical concerts, art exhibits and theatrical events  among young people of different religious and ethnic traditions in the Balkans.  Tensions in the Balkans continue to be high despite the peace accords signed in 1997.  Both extremist Christian and Muslim groups are active and attempting to increase their influence, which may destabilize the region again. While a reduction in tensions will not occur over-night, a more stable foundation for peace can occur if young people learn to perceive potential enemies as colleagues and friends.