World Food Day
building a Zero Hunger Generation
Millions of people worldwide will gather today 16th October 2018, to celebrate World Food Day, a United Nations initiative promoted to raise awareness about the issues affecting food production and distribution on our rapidly changing planet.
The success of the Food for People initiatives in Bantoli (India), Otinibi (Ghana), and Tsarpu (Nepal), which offer food security, high quality nutrition and education in more productive agricultural methods, demonstrates how communities can flourish once these needs are addressed. Children from these areas have been able to able to attend further education for the first time, health has improved dramatically and crime levels have reduced.
More than 150 countries will be participating and topics such as adapting agriculture to climate change and the effects of migration will be highlighted, with the aim of setting goals that will lead to a Zero Hunger Generation.
World Food Day activities provide education to individuals on the ways they can change simple decisions in their lives to make a difference, and aim to give an understanding of how poverty, conflict and climate change impact the world's food supply and distribution.
To celebrate Peace Day this year individuals and groups were invited to send a written message to hang on the Peace Tree in Croydon’s Park Hill Park.
Peace Partners was asked to contribute to the messages, and we were honoured to send the following:
"Peace is a fundamental human need
Personal peace is possible for everyone
Chrissie Waite, Peace Partners volunteer and borough of Croydon resident, visited the tree a week after Peace Day, and was inspired to see the messages still hanging from the tree and fluttering gently in the breeze.
She said: “The peace tree is an illustration of the heartfelt wishes and expressions of a community for peace in the borough in which I live,”
The survivors of this tragedy need your help.
The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) will make an initial $15,000 grant to help victims of the devastating recent earthquakes and tsunami in Indonesia. The natural disaster affected millions of lives, displacing more than 70,000 people on the island of Sulawesi, and killing nearly 2,000.
The death toll is likely to rise significantly, as at least 5,000 people remain missing. Food, water, shelter, and other essentials are needed to help survivors recover from the crisis.
Your support will add to the amount TPRF will contribute to help those in need.
“Our hearts go out to the people who have been traumatized by these tragedies. Thank you to all of the donors who put TPRF in a stronger position to help people during their darkest hours,” says TPRF Board Chair Linda Pascotto.
UK taxpayers can add an extra 25% to their donation by claiming Gift Aid through Peace Partners' fundraising page. Peace Partners will transfer all amounts raised in full to TPRF.
Thank you for your humanitarian generosity.
The Peace Partners Team.
Strengthened by the nutritious daily meals they eat at the Food for People (FFP) facility, student athletes from the small town of Otinibi, Ghana recently qualified to compete at the highest level of elementary school sports in the country for the first time ever.
“The meals have transformed and emboldened these students, giving them stamina and empowerment,” says Alex Wiredu, a reporter for The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) who has been observing how FFP has changed Otinibi for the last six years. “Thank you to Prem Rawat, TPRF, all of the donors and everybody in Ghana and around the world who have helped changed the destiny of these children.”
The August 12 tournament marked an extraordinary turnaround for the Otinibi community, where students had suffered from such malnourishment that they weren’t able to participate in competitive sports until FFP opened its doors in 2012. Since then, student athletes from the Otinibi Basic School and neighbouring Aisha Bint Khalifa School have been earning a reputation for excellence at local sporting events. Their mounting success caught the attention of scouts, and 12 students from the schools were invited to join the Greater Accra regional team at the national event in the city of Koforidua.
Despite rainy conditions, Otinibi athletes were happy to compete with vigour in netball, volleyball, handball, and running events, making their supporters back home proud.
A range of students, coaches, and parents credited the FFP service for making their participation possible. The program has also received accolades for improving community health, increasing school enrolment and achievement, and boosting the local economy.
This article is also available on The Prem Rawat Foundation website.
The following blog was written by Alan Plummer, an attendee of our introductory event in Cornwall on Saturday 18th August.
Interested people from all over Cornwall met on Sunday at Par Community Hall to attend an introduction to the work of the UK charity Peace Partners.
Pauline Cook, one of Peace Partners trustees, explained how the charity had been set up to sponsor peace initiatives in the UK and to support the international projects being funded by The Prem Rawat Foundation.
A number of inspiring video presentations showcasing the Food for People project and the Peace Education Program (PEP) were viewed, together with footage of Prem Rawat`s recent visit to Zonderwater high security prison in South Africa, where he spoke and responded to questions from inmates who have been attending PEP in the prison
Further recent interviews with people who have been attending PEP in London concluded the presentation, which was very warmly received. Several people expressed an interest in finding out about volunteering with Peace Partners and there were a number of suggestions for possible fundraising events in Cornwall.
Great interest was also shown at the possibility of a local screening of the documentary Inside Peace, which highlights the profound impact of PEP on some Texas prison inmates.
A total of more than £500 of donations to Peace Partners was contributed at the event, which was almost doubled by the offer of matching funds by one very generous supporter.
Peace Partners will be hosting more national introductory events. Watch this space for more information.
More speakers and entertainers have been announced for Peace Partners' Waves of Change Forum taking place this week. The forum, which is part of The Festival of Peace Croydon, will be tackling the topics of peace, gangs and conflict resolution.
The afternoon session consists of musicians, poets and speakers who work with the subject themes or have been inspired by them in their work. Read more about our speakers and entertainers here.
Our Waves of Change forum exploring the pertinent issue of gang violence in the UK is happening this week. As part of the session, we are hosting a number of presentations from organisations that work with the theme of peace, in the hopes that peace tactics can be explored further as a method of conflict resolution.
Amongst our speakers we have guests from The Tutu Foundation and Oldham Pledge for Peace. You can read further details about each presentation here.
Peace Partners is delighted to be hosting an event at The Festival of Peace, Croydon to tackle the pertinent issue of gang violence and knife crime in the UK. The timely event coincides with the recent announcement that peace ambassador Prem Rawat’s Peace Education Programme (PEP) will be rolled out across London to help to tackle gang violence and knife crime. Peace Partners is a partner of The Prem Rawat Foundation and supports the delivery of the PEP to a number of prisons in the UK.
The event, entitled the ‘Waves of Change Forum: Peace, Gangs and Conflict Resolution’, will premiere the UK screening of The Prem Rawat Foundation film, ‘Peace is Inevitable’ on 22nd June 2018. The film highlights how peace education has resolved entrenched youth gang conflict in Ecuador.
Peace Partners is celebrating its second anniversary as a registered charity! Thank you everyone and congratulations to the team at Peace Partners. To all the children, families and the beneficiaries of the projects we support, the dedicated team of volunteers and all the charity's supporters without whom this wonderful life changing work wouldn't be possible.
By Chrissie Waite
I was fortunate to be invited to attend a PEP session recently. It took place at a friendly over fifty-five’s club in London.
The subject of the day was ‘understanding’ and that’s definitely what I witnessed taking place. I was impressed by how the attendees felt comfortable and able to share their expressions during the reflection times.
The learning environment was relaxed yet focused and seemed to provide a kind of safe haven. One lady read out a poem that she’d written, based on her learning of the PEP so far. Others expressed their own understanding in relation to the day’s topic or asked questions which were received with sensitivity by the facilitator. I felt privileged to witness how attendees were relating the subject matter of the course to their own everyday lives, and how they planned to apply their learning.
From my own perspective, I realised that there was so much to learn. The video clips were short and the session seemed to whiz by, yet there was such a depth of learning to be had. One lady even asked if we were too old to take this on board! Luckily that’s definitely not the case – something we were able to learn from Prem’s message about ‘understanding’ that day.