On May 2, South African Broadcasting Corporation featured a television interview with Prem Rawat and comments from participants in the Peace Education Program (PEP). The broadcast is also being syndicated on radio affiliates and is expected to reach an estimated 8-10 million people throughout South Africa.
Watch the broadcast here.
The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) is funding a relief effort in Ecuador to provide shelter to hundreds of people whose homes were destroyed by a devastating April 16 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
TPRF distributed a $25,000 grant to Fundación Montañas de Esperanza (MdE)— an Ecuadoran charity known in English as Mountains of Hope. The funds are going directly to helping people in disadvantaged rural communities in the Esmeraldas Province along the northern coast that were hit hard by the 7.8 magnitude tremor.
Since the earthquake, families from the hills around the fishing village of San Francisco del Cabo have been living in makeshift shanties built from salvaged materials and black plastic that becomes unbearably hot under the tropical sun. TPRF monies are being used to replace these ill-suited shacks that dot the field of a recovery camp with high-tech “cabin shelters” that can each house 10 people for up to two years.In recent days “survivors watched incredulously as the team of volunteers set up two of the secure, practical, and comfortable shelters. To the affected families, these were clearly beautiful, spacious, and definitely aftershock-proof,” says Paul Murtha, Executive Director of Mountains of Hope, which TPRF has partnered with on several prior humanitarian projects. Soon the camp residents joined in the construction effort, sourcing local bamboo and learning the building techniques to set up 20 of the innovative shelters for their new neighbors.
“The upsurge of true community participation galvanized a level of hope and enthusiasm that these displaced people had not felt even before the earthquake,” according to Murtha.
n fact, people in the camp collectively decided that instead of moving into the shelters one family at a time, they would wait until all were built so that everyone in need could move in at the same time. “It’s amazing to see this kind of unity and equality in action,” says Murtha.
MdE’s onsite partner, the Union of Farmers Organizations of Esmeraldas (UOCE), is also helping distribute TPRF donated food and medicine as well as to set up a communal kitchen, sanitation facilities, electric lights, and a play area for children.“Even after all they have been through, they are creating a village of new hope,” says Murtha. “It’s remarkable to think about how providing a basic lifeline such as these cabin-shelters can enable people to regain stability, family health, a sense of dignity, and the hope to recreate a socio-economic future.”
The project is already garnering the attention of representatives from numerous charity and governmental organizations, who are evaluating the custom cabin-shelters for use in other camps. Construction in San Francisco del Cabo is scheduled to be completed on Sunday, May 8, and a community moving-in celebration is planned with local dignitaries. The event falls on Mother’s Day and many local moms are excited to celebrate by moving into more secure homes with their children.
Other communities in the region are being evaluated for similar TPRF-funded relief efforts.
“We hope to replicate this stunning success in as many recovery camps as possible,” says Murtha. “It’s demonstrating what people themselves can achieve if given proper tools and guidance. Thanks so much to TPRF and all of the donors who are making this humanitarian effort possible.”
We are delighted to announce to our readers that Peace Partners has been granted registered charity status by the UK Charity Commission.
Every charity depends on the energy, enthusiasm and inspiration of its supporters and volunteers to fulfil its vision, and I’d like to extend a warm invitation to you to be an active part of this new and vibrant charity.
Our purposes include:
To accomplish these we work specifically with the Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) and other organisations with a similar purpose. We have an inclusive approach and aim to partner with individuals, groups and organisations.
Charity Status – What does it mean?
This recognition will benefit the work of Peace Partners in a number of ways:
The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF)
TPRF Board have expressed their gratitude and excitement to Peace Partners on achieving charitable status.
Please note the "Donate" button below takes you to a UK based donation processing system. This offers UK residents and TPRF extra benefits through Peace Partners registered charitable status.
This is a historic year for The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF). It was 15 years ago that my father, Prem Rawat, founded TPRF with the mission of helping people live with a strengthened sense of dignity, peace, and prosperity.
Since then, TPRF has grown from a handful of volunteers and few paid staff into a remarkable organization with support from thousands of people in 67 countries. It’s inspiring to think about all we are accomplishing, but it’s even more exciting to look forward to what is ahead.
I recorded a new video that invites you to participate in the 15 Year Anniversary Appeal and join me in playing a personal part in helping empower people across the globe.
Matching funds of up to $61,000 have already been offered by four incredibly generous donors so that each dollar you donate will be significantly increased in value. Each and every donation is very appreciated.
Help TPRF reach the goal to raise $150,000.
In the coming weeks, I'll send you three more
messages and videos that highlight how your
contributions make a remarkable difference
in people's lives.
With deep appreciation,
P.S. I'm excited to let you know that we've
been renovating the TPRF website to
better showcase the impact of our
programs and how you can get involved.
Check it out here!
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