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FOZYA

What is Fozya?

In the last one century, many Zoroastrian youth bodies were formed in different cities and small towns of India.  But due to distances and cultural backgrounds and differences between metro and smaller towns, most of these youth bodies found it difficult to interact with each other.  A brainchild of Mr.Porus Karanjawalla, and on the lines of FPZAI, THE FEDERATION OF ZOROASTRIAN YOUTH ASSOCIATIONS (or FOZYA) was conceived at the first All India Youth Seminar held at New Delhi in 1987.  It was then in the year 1991, under the able guidance of Mr.Keki Gandhi and Mr. Jehangir Bisney, FOZYA was formed at The Nagpur Youth Seminar with  Mr. Jehangir Bisney as its founder president.

From humble beginnings our team of dedicated volunteers have helped to make what FOZYA is today.  Over these 19 years, we have acted on behalf of the Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian youth and their associations in India.

FOZYA has also organised intercity youth meets between two or three youth bodies across India. These meets are usually held jointly with youth bodies at a convenient location in India.

FOZYA has always placed the interests of the Zoroastrian youth first and foremost and is committed to the interaction and assimilation of all Zoroastrian youth bodies in India. It is also committed to the advancement of the Zoroastrian faith and knowledge amongst the youth, while maintaining a policy of flavour which respects the diverse traditions and practises of Parsi and Irani Zoroastrians in India.

Over these 20 years, FOZYA has built an outstanding reputation, which is recognised and respected by all Panchayats and Anjumans across India. None of this would have been possible without the trust and confidence of our members, donors, supporters and last but not the least my delegates and friends . With the grace of Ahura Mazda, we will continue to move forward with our youth activities and keep our youth within our community.

As all people have their ups and downs, we too have had a few years of hardship.  But we have recovered that loss and exploded our potential at the Pune youth meet which took place in May 2010.  Delegates who attended this meet are living proof of what our youth are capable of doing. Our sincere request to all Parsi and Irani Zarthosties is to push your ward just a little, to take part in youth activities.  Once they get a feel of it, they won’t let go.

FOZYA is open for membership to only Parsi/Irani Associations all over India. Those cities which do not have enough youth population to form a youth association can become a member as a youth body/organisation of their respective anjumans.  Those desirous may contact us at teamfozya@gmail.com for further details.

FOZYA is a National nonprofit membership organization working for a stronger and more bonded Zoroastrian community. Established in 1991, we represent the Zoroastrian youth in our country.

Our Vision

A Community that is a powerful force in meeting common orthodox and reformist challenges and bringing our youth on a single platform called FOZYA.

Our Mission

FOZYA works to build a better world by interaction and assimilation of the Zoroastrian youth who share a common mindset and support Zoroastrianism.

What we believe

FOZYA  believes that youths’ involvement in all levels of social and communal activity is essential in order to achieve the goals of our beloved religion.

What we value

FOZYA’s mission is grounded in what we value:

1.     Passion: FOZYA is committed to making a difference. We strive for what can be; we do not settle for what is.

2.     Respect: FOZYA listens to and learns from our constituents, partners, sponsors, and one another. We value diverse perspectives and strive to incorporate them in our work.

3.     Empowerment: FOZYA believes in the power of Zoroastrianism and its capacity to mobilize the youth to create a better today.

4.     Collaboration: FOZYA works as a team within India and other cities. We share ideas and try to align our efforts with those of others who are dedicated to the goals of our religious tenements.

5.     Innovation: FOZYA seeks original approaches for achieving our goals, taking advantage of our sacred writings for our outreach.

Past Achievements

FOZYA has organised and hosted a series of youth seminars and meets which assessed the needs of the Zoroastrian youth in India. We have also had many charitable drives which included distribution of grains, sadras and Kustis to the under-privileged members of our community.  In total 19 youth meets have been held in the last 19 years of our establishment and we will soon turn 20.  In 2011, FOZYA will celebrate its 20th year at a very special event which will be held at Mumbai for which we expect the turnout to be colossal.

If you’ve liked what you’ve seen at the Pune and Baroda youth meets and would like to send in your views ,suggestions or contributions you may send the same to me at the under mentioned address.

Baname` Khuda.

Mr.Mabrin Noshir Nanavatti

President – FOZYA

879, Khansaheb Dadabhoy Bootee Street,

Camp, Pune 411001

Tel: 09822000433

mab_rin@hotmail.com

Kayhan Irani

Kayhan Irani is an artivist and an Emmy award winning writer. She believes in the liberatory power of the arts to deepen people’s engagement with social issues and transform society. She is a writer, director, performer, and facilitator.

As a performer and writer, Kayhan’s pieces magnify the relevant issues of the day. In 2010 she won a New York Emmy award for best writing for “We Are New York” a 9-episode braodcast TV drama and English language learning and civic engagement tool for immigrant New Yorkers.

Her acclaimed one-woman show, “We’ve Come Undone”, which tells the stories of immigrant women post 9/11, has toured nationally and internationally. In 2007 she was awarded a certificate of recognition by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for her arts work in immigrant communities.

She is an enthusiastic practitioner and trainer of the Theater of the Oppressed, a participatory form of theater for social change. She facilitates workshops for diverse organizations and institutions on a local, national, and international level – travelling as far as Kabul, Afghanistan (2010) and Baghdad, Iraq (2004) to use theater for change. She has lead theater programs for community groups, public schools, juvenile detention facilities, government agencies, and with the general public. She is also a keynote speaker.

As a published author, (Routledge, May 2008.) Kayhan has co-edited a volume of essays entitled, “Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of Stories to Build Community and make Social Justice Claims”, about projects around the world that use storytelling as a way of creating social justice.

She is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.

Kayhan uses theater to activate audiences and transform society.

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