“I have been dreaming all my life.
I have been dreaming happiness and un-happiness,
I have experienced both.
I now want neither, they have not fulfilled me.
I hope now for the real thing
that will transcend happiness and un-happiness.
I sit back, put my feet up and relax ”
This was a reflection from one of the participants at the recent Peace Education Programme in Cheltenham.
In an article called "There's more than one way to run a prison" written by Eric Allison, the Guardians prison correspondent, The Prem Rawat Foundation Peace In Education Programme gets a mention.
Thameside is a modern jail, far removed from the Victorian local prisons that still dominate. The grounds are spacious and pleasant, with outside sports facilities that could grace a university campus. Take away the bars from the jail wings and you could be looking at a low-budget hotel. The Thameside director, John Biggin, says security is concentrated mainly on the perimeter, which enables him to operate a more relaxed regime within the prison.
TPRF posted this new video just before the New Year and already it has had 3.3k views - having just watched it I'm surprised it hasn't had many many more. You can watch it here but please also share it with your friends on social media and any blogs you may have...
From the YouTube description:
This is a short preview of an upcoming documentary about how Prem Rawat's message is inspiring gang members in Ecuador to transform their lives. http://www.tprf.org/
You can also view the video on YouTube here
Empowering People Appeal
2015 was a very positive year for TPRF in manifesting it's humanitarian mission guided by encapsulating the principles of Dignity Peace and Prosperity in it's outreach.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters the end of year Empowering People Appeal exceeded it's target of $150,000 bringing in a total of $180,000 by December 31st 2015.
This will greatly help TPRF in it's projects in 2016 including some new groundbreaking endeavours also.
Full details including latest update to the Appeal fund are here.
Students Embrace Peace Education in South Africa
Late November 2015 also saw TPRF's founder Prem Rawat visiting students enrolled in the Peace Education Program (PEP) at TSiBA, an acclaimed non-profit business school in Capetown, South Africa. The school gives disadvantaged youth help and encouragement to students in order to launch successful careers as entrepreneurial leaders.
During the visit students were able to hear Prem Rawat speak and also take part in interactive question and answer sessions with him - the focus being on accessing inate personal peace resources and the uplifting empowerment that can bring into their lives.
TPRF has a fuller and inspiring account of what occurred here.
TPRF Announces Winner of Logo Contest
Also towards the end of the year the winner of TPRF's quest to source a new logo was announced.
The winning logo was personally selected by TPRF founder Prem Rawat and President Daya Rawat from 150 entries submitted by 107 contestants.
The winner from Ecuador, but now living in Paris, a graphic designer called Dayana Mayorga, spent days brainstorming ideas that encapsulated the Foundation's mission to help people live with dignity, peace, and prosperity in a powerful yet simple accessible way.
You can read the full story behind this stunning design here.