It has been twenty years since the inception of The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF). In 2001 Prem Rawat stated that his foundation's mission was to advance dignity, peace and prosperity across the world by addressing the fundamental human needs of food, water and peace.
Through a range of programmes and initiatives, TPRF has become dedicated to building a more peaceful world – one person at a time. Over the last 20 years, its two signature programmes have been the Peace Education Programme and the Food for People Programme, with other ongoing initiatives, including humanitarian aid and relief for countries experiencing natural disasters, and also the provision of eye clinics. The Peace Education Programme has been offered at correctional facilities and community centres throughout the UK, and Peace Partners has been helping to facilitate the program.
Peace Partners volunteer Wendy Martin, has organised a virtual interview with Marci Klein, TPRF Development Director in charge of fundraising, and Jake Frankel TPRF Communications Director about the upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebrations.
If you are unable to view the video, Wendy describes the content of the interview here:
Marci expressed her heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Peace Partners and its volunteers and donors for their ongoing support and collaboration over the last six years. She said “I cannot overstate what a partner like you means to TPRF’s success. We really appreciate what you’ve done.”
She outlined how the organisation is going to celebrate their 20th anniversary including:
During the interview Jake described how Prem Rawat's vision, that if you provide the basics of food and water, it could have the potential to transform local communities. He says that in those places that have benefitted from one of these food facilities, “We have seen this absolutely play out in terms of rising school attendance; health improvement and growing economies” .
Jake describes some of the achievements of the Foundation over the last twenty years, thanks to the support of all its donors and volunteers. He mentions some remarkable facts, for example, that TPRF has had initiatives and volunteers in over 70 countries; more than 175,000 people have participated in the Peace Education Programme; over 4.1 million nutritious meals have been served in the three Food For People facilities; and more than 160 grants totalling over $5 million have been awarded to communities in over 40 countries to help them recover from natural disasters.
He also outlines the impact of the Peace Education Programme. ”Starting in one prison, it has grown over time and is now being incorporated into large institutions, and correctional institutions across entire countries such as South Africa, Ghana, Uruguay and Italy. The Peace Education Programme is now growing in popularity in schools and the overall impact is quite remarkable”. He also adds that more and more partners are approaching TPRF requesting the Peace Education Programme workshop series as they see the tremendous value it has to help people discover their own inner strength.