The Global Alliance for Interfaith Action (GAIA) is a community of caring global citizens with diverse backgrounds beliefs who are united in our commitment to collaborate creatively to relieve suffering and increase harmony. We see compassion as the common ground of all the world's wisdom traditions, and we aspire to cultivate compassion in our hearts and put it into action in our communities and our world. For GAIA, applied compassion includes caring for all people, for animal life on earth, and for the ecosystem that sustains us.
The GAIA mission is to put the wisdom of the world into action to heal the suffering of the world, one heart and one community at a time. We identify specific, concrete challenges in our local, regional and global communities that can be met more effectively, powerfully and sustainably when people who do not normally collaborate or even communicate are united in service of a common altruistic goal.
GAIA took root during a series of interfaith exchanges and educational programs in Dharamshala, India, the exile home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, from 1997 to 2001. Today, GAIA includes people, projects, and programs from all corners of the globe. One of the next proposed projects is to develop a service-learning and cultural exchange program between the Middle East and India. Approximately US$12,000 will be required to launch this project. If you might be interested in participating in GAIA or supporting its growth, please contact us.