The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) recently sponsored eye care clinics in four states across India, providing relief to thousands of people in need. The vast majority of the 7,380 patients were disadvantaged farmers, laborers, and elderly people who had no other way of receiving essential care. Some walked as far as 60 kilometers to attend the free clinics, where they were warmly greeted by doctors, refractionists, and hundreds of other skilled volunteers.
The effects of the eye clinic are far reaching. As one attendee noted, her new glasses will allow her to provide clothes for her family. “I wasn’t able to pass the thread through the needle when sewing. Now it’s clear with the new spectacles,” she said.
Read more about the eye clinic here.
From The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) website Daya Rawat (current board President of TPRF) has posted this message:
As we come to the close of 2016, it is becoming more and more apparent that the The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), its Founder, Prem Rawat, and indeed the whole world are moving into a new era.
In many areas around the world, chaos reigns. In others, we see political, ecological, and economic struggles. Never has Prem Rawat’s fundamental message that personal peace is attainable by every individual been more needed or better received. Simple words from the heart give pause, time to recognize new possibilities, and make new choices.
As a supporter of TPRF, you are providing the impetus to bring the seeds of hope and positive change to more and more people across the world. The Peace Education Program (PEP) is expanding more quickly than ever before; Food for People (FFP) programs are serving meals to more students in both Ghana and Nepal; and the Foundation is continuing to break new ground for the outreach of Prem Rawat’s message of peace.
Please join this effort to be ready for the abundant opportunities that lie ahead.
Matching funds of up to US$47,000 have already been offered by 7 incredibly generous donors so that each dollar you donate will be significantly increased in value. Each and every donation is very much appreciated. This appeal will continue through December 31.
To donate via Peace Partners and obtain Gift Aid on your donation (for UK taxpayers) which can add a further 25% to the value of your donation click here.
[Please note 100% of your donation towards this appeal will be passed to TPRF including any gift aid claimable]
A Look Back at 2016
TPRF can now accept donations to help give aid to those affected in Haiti by the recent hurricane. See the message below which was posted today (14th Oct 2016) via TPRF board of directors.
A message from the TPRF Board of Directors on Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti:
We have heard from many TPRF supporters this week inquiring how they can help the people of Haiti who are suffering so much from the devastation of Hurricane Mathew. We are touched by the outpouring of compassion, and our hearts go out to the people of Haiti who are struggling for survival in the wake of this intense storm.
You can trust that TPRF will send any donations designated for this purpose to one of our partner organizations that is already working effectively on the ground. We will continue to evaluate conditions in the country and opportunities for TPRF to make a meaningful difference.
Kate Hudson from Valiant technology recently shared an email with Peace Partners about Roamer the Robot visit to Oldham and participating in Oldham's Peace Weeks events. Below is what Kate shared with us and I have also included links to a longer article about this visit on the Valiant (home of Roamer) website.
As the only robot in the world to have signed the Pledge to Peace, Roamer was very happy to be invited to join Oldham's Peace day. Oldham is the only Local Authority to have also signed the Peace Pledge so it was inevitable that Roamer would visit.
Specially developed activities that help develop understanding and tolerance were trialled at Knowsley Junior School, then Roamer headed for Oldham Library where visitors could program Roamer to help them sign Oldham's individual pledge.
You may be motivated to create your own school pledge and make your own Peace Wall. We'd love to hear about it.
I am always eager to put my senior rail card to good use and last week I used it to travel to Oldham where I had accepted a voluntary role in helping out Richard Outram and Maria Ellis (from Peace Talks Oldham) in covering a wide range of events for Oldham Peace Week. The week (six days of peace related activities in fact but we won't quibble about a day!) commenced on the International Day of Peace the 21st September 2016.
For details of Day one see my previous blog post
Day 2 involved a short journey to another local town Bradford where Richard, Maria and I visited The Peace Museum in Bradford - the only museum of it's kind in the UK (so far). Oldham's Mayor Councillor Derek Heffernan and his wife Di Heffernan (the lady Mayor) were also invited but due to the museum's location being up six flights of stairs and their reliance on walking aids this was too much for them so we were to meet them later in Bradford's City Hall (more about that later.)
Oldham Council, it's former and current Mayor along with Peace Talks Oldham and a rapidly growing list of other groups are demonstrating their hearty commitment to peaceful values with an impressive string of events starting on International Peace Day 21st September 2016 and culminating with a special Mayors for Peace event on the 26th September.
Oldham's Peace Week kicked off this morning at the town's civic centre with the raising of their Peace and Respect flag.
Councillor Derek Heffernan and his wife Di Heffernan, who are the incumbent Mayor and Lady Mayor respectively, hosted the ceremony and invited guests afterwards to see some of the souvenirs brought back from Italy in 2015\16, where Oldham councils policy officer Richard Outram and his partner Maria Ellis (founder of Peace Talks Oldham) were invited by the Secretariat to the Pledge To Peace shortly after Oldham became the first council to sign the pledge.
Among the enthusiastic guests in attendance were:-
Richard Outram and Maria Ellis representing Peace Talks Oldham
Nicola Malone a primary school teacher from Burnley Brow Community School which was the first of four local primary schools to sign the Pledge To Peace. (6 more such schools are also expected to sign in the near future!).
Phillidia Shipp from Saddleworth Peace Group - the group is the most recent signee having signed the Pledge To Peace a month ago.
In the afternoon Maria Ellis went to Lyndhurst Primary School to help run a workshop with 14 children to decorate doves and hearts - these will be hung in Oldham's Gallery/Library on Friday afternoon in good time for a string of Peace week events being held there on Saturday.
There was another afternoon event at Knowlsey Junior School involving 90 children split into three workshops - there the children were introduced to Roamer the Robot by founder Dave Caitlin and volunteers from Valiant Technology. The Mayor and Lady Mayor attended as the Mayor is also chairman of the board of governors. Richard Outram and Maria Ellis were also there to witness the School sign the Pledge To Peace as well as to advise and help them formulate some new Peace Pledge initiatives.
Then Dave Caitlin suggested a special Pledge be devised and together with Richard Outram and Maria Ellis they came up with a specific pledge which will be inscribed inside a Dove - the pledge they came up with reads:
"I pledge to try to feel peace in my heart every day and live peacefully with my family, friends and everyone in Oldham".
At the Gallery/Library events on Saturday the Dove will be displayed and children will be invited to sign their name underneath on an A4 sheet of paper with help from a Roamer Robot.
Tomorrow is another day and I can't wait. In the interim if you would like more details about peace events in Oldham this week you can visit the council webpage which lists details of the planned activities. Finally local newspaper The Oldham Chronicle published a very positive article today about Oldham's Peace Week entitled "Give peace a chance to spread global unity"
British Forces Radio's (BFBS) Positive Report on the Save Our Soldier\TPRF Peace Education Initiative for Veterans...
Chris Kay from BFBS (the British Armed Forces Radio Broadcasting Service) attended and interviewed some of the presenters to the Introduction to TPRF's Peace Education Programme held in Crook , County Durham on 26th August 2016.
The event was masterminded and hosted by the veterans charity Save Our Soldier who specialise in helping former service personnel(now including emergency services) suffering from PTSI or PTSD. Volunteers from The Prem Rawat Foundation collaborated with Lee Hayward (CEO of Save Our Soldier) to help with the presentation and included a short "taster" from one of the 10 main sessions to help illustrate what a Peace Education session is like in actual practice.
You can hear Chris Kay's report by clicking the picture above or the link below as the broadcast is now posted on the Audioboom website (audio content sharing\on demand platform) where BFBS have their own page.
The piece is entitled "Free Workshop To Support PTSD Sufferers" and can be accessed here.
UN International Peace Day is celebrated every 21st September, and this year's theme is 'Sustainable Development Goals'.
We are very pleased to have been invited to partner with The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) again for this year's celebration; their Peace for People 2016 campaign will include a special short video for release one week before Peace Day.
Peace Partners are promoting the video through mailings, through our Facebook page posts, and on this website.
he following is Maria's appeal message:
Maria 's PERSONAL MESSAGE
PLEASE HELP MARIA & RICHARD FROM PEACE TALKS OLDHAM, TO RAISE MONEY FOR TPRF - FOOD FOR PEOPLE PROGRAMME, BY WORLD FOOD DAY - SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER, 2016.
Hello, I'm Maria Dawn Ellis, Chairperson of Peace Talks Oldham, based in North West England.
I decided only a few days ago, as I've not felt fit & healthy for quite a while, I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT!
I thought if I did a Sponsored Slim, I could possibly raise pounds for losing pounds!
It didn't take long for Richard Outram, co-founder of PTO & I to decide to help the Food For People programme. It seemed a fitting project to eat less, to help others, less fortunate than myself, to eat more! The deadline for completion, in exactly 9 WEEKS time is appropriately WORLD FOOD DAY!
My goal is to lose a Stone = 14 lbs by SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER. If I do well I might try & lose another 4 lbs as well = total 18lbs. Richard also wants to lose same amount of weight as me. 14-18 lbs
Over time the meaning of the word ‘Peace’ has developed greatly. At one point peace would have meant to simply live in non-violence without destruction. But now, peace means so much more. To live in peace, we must still live in non-violence and free of war, but we must also consider others and our planet, as well as our own individual peace. For each of us the term ‘Peace’ may mean something different, but no matter what peace means to us, we all seek it - even if we don’t know it.
Furthermore, with the growing developments in technology and media it has never been easier to let yourself be heard, and sadly, recently our media has been dominated by all the wrong messages by all the wrong people. Throughout this past year, war and violence throughout the world has been top of the list for all big media channels, with new developments everyday on how the world is becoming more corrupt and hostile - wouldn’t it be nice to see something different?
PeaceCast.tv, like many of us, aim to promote the opposite, the message of peace, providing people with a sense of hope, courage and belongingness. As a group of international volunteers, PeaceCast.tv work extremely hard towards making their mission a reality; using media to spread the message that “peace is real and peace is possible - inside each of us - between us - among people - among nations - even in the midst of conflict”. Acting as an online television channel who make peace inspired material globally available, PeaceCast.tv invite the world to become engaged and bring peace into their own lives and communities. Using content provided by individuals and organisations worldwide, people who share a similar vision of building global peace and prosperity are being brought together each and every day. PeaceCast.tv provide a platform from which people can be heard, giving them a voice and an opportunity to inspire others and become inspired themselves.
To ensure that peace can be visible from afar, PeaceCast.tv translate their videos into 14 different languages - ensuring that more individuals, organisations, communities and cultures can become involved. Through videos created and submitted from all over the world visible, viewers are able to see just how enriching peace can be, not only to our individual lives, but also to our planet.
In honor of International Day of Peace 2016, PeaceCast.tv are holding a 48 hour global webcast of your peace inspired material, PeaceCast2016, allowing you to “Speak Your Peace!”. What’s more, it’s not too late to get involved and help spread the word this Peace Day. How you contribute is completely up to you, all you have to do is submit your video clip before 21st August 2016. Whether you chose to express your peace through music, culture, poetry, dance, spoken words or a film clip, PeaceCast.tv want to share it with the world!
If you want to be featured in this worldwide webcast and Speak Your Peace, all you have to do is submit your peace related videos to www.peacecast.tv before 21st August 2016.
By Abi Patrick