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Feb 08 2017

GIWA at KAICIID’s Second Meeting of the Advisory Forum

High-Level faith leaders from across the world were inspired today towards promoting interfaith reconciliation by joining forces against a “new common enemy.” The meetings, held by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), under the leadership of Faisal Bin Muaammar, Secretary-General, KAICIID, brought together foremost leaders from the Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and other faiths under a common banner for the promotion of peace and reconciliation in these trying times. Featured prominently as a speaker was HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya...

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Jan 19 2017

US Ambassador to India Hosts Special Dinner for Richard Gere

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati graced a special dinner hosted by Hon'ble US Ambassador to India Mr Richard Verma for the famous Hollywood Actor Mr Richard Gere. Richard Gere, who was also in Bodh Gaya when the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's leaders visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to present him with a preview of the WASH in Buddhism book, was very happy to meet Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji again. They spoke about the critical need for improved WASH for all and the incredible work being done by GIWA,...

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Jan 10 2017

Green Meeting with Chief Minister of Bihar for Ganga

On the final evening of the Sarva Dharma Swachhta Sankalp in Patna, respected interfaith leaders of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), led by GIWA's Co-Founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Muniji, met with the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumarji to discuss the importance of keeping the River Ganga clean, green and free-flowing. Pujya Swamiji shared the work that GIWA and Ganga Action Parivar is committed to. They also discussed training and capacity building regarding how to build and maintain toilets, improve sanitation and end open defecation...

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Jan 08 2017

GIWA Sankalp, WASH in Buddhism Preview with HH the Dalai Lama

A wonderful coming together of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's interfaith leaders, led by Pujya Swamiji and HH the Dalai Lama took place at Bodh Gaya yesterday during the ongoing Kalachakra Initiation and Puja. Over 100,000 people were in attendance. The respected interfaith leaders spoke on the occasion about the importance of faith and the power it has towards catalyzing sustainable behaviour change. They emphasised the crucial need for cleanliness both within our hearts and minds as well as externally in our communities and villages. They also spoke about the great need...

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Jan 05 2017

GIWA Bihar Summit: Sarva Dharma Swachhta Sadbhavana Sankalp

Over twenty prominent interfaith leaders of India’s major faiths joined hands together with HE the Governor of Bihar and other distinguished dignitaries to pledge togetherness for a Swachh Bharat and a Swachh Bihar at a special Summit today held by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) with technical support of UNICEF. The Summit, called the Sarva Dharma, Swachhta Evam Sadbhavna, was organized with the aim of ushering in a Swachhta Kranti (clean revolution) through the coming together of prominent faith leaders, policy-makers, corporate leaders, civil society and media. Together, the...

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Christmas Eve Celebrated by Giving Back to School Children

On the auspicious occasion of Christmas Eve, a beautiful program at the Parmarth Vidya Mandir School, Prakash Bharti, a project of the Divine Shakti Foundation, was held where warm sweaters and fruits were given to all children. His Excellency Haris Silajdzic, Former President and Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina and his wife Selma Muhedinovic-Silajdzic joined Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji as well as divine souls Dr Ramanbhai Patel and his wife Shakuntalaben and volunteers and members of the Parmarth family from all over the world. The special Guest of...

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Dec 15 2016

Signing MOU for Robotic Technology to help maintain a Clean Ganga

An MOU was signed between Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and the Ganga Action Parivar (GAP) in which a joint agreement was signed and agreed upon to work together in training and empowering volunteers and stewards along the 2,150 km stretch of the River Ganga with the technology that they need to effectively protect the River Ganga. The MOU was signed by CMU's Rachel Burcin and GIWA's Secretary General Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji with the blessings of Pujya Swamiji and in the presence of Mr. Nirankar...

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Dec 10 2016

UN Conference on Prevention of Atrocity Crimes

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati were recently part of the conference by United Nations Office of Genocide Prevention, KAICIID and the World Council of Churches on Preventing Incitement that could lead to Atrocity Crimes in #ASEAN countries in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference was led and guided by Adama Dieng, Under Secretary-General and United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Senior Adviser to KAICIID Dialogue Center, Bishop Duleep Kamil De Chickera, Bishop of Colombo, World Council of Churches, and graced by the presence of Imam Umer...

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Nov 24 2016

East Meets West at Major Interfaith Gathering at Parmarth

The world came together today for a major, high-profile interfaith gathering in which faith leaders from the West came to learn from faith leaders from the East. Attending were dignitaries and audience members from over 20 nations. The esteemed leaders joined forces in focusing on how to globally expand values of respect between religions as well as an appreciation for the diversity and dignity of all people. In so doing, the event highlighted the values of respect between religions and appreciation for diversity and dignity of all people. In addition, the...

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Nov 23 2016

GIWA Interfaith Leaders Meet during the Global Citizen Festival

On occasion of the Global Citizen India Festival in Mumbai, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's core leaders met internally, with the technical support of UNICEF India, to discuss how each of them would commit and contribute to concrete actions towards their collective mission to improve WASH and work towards #SDG6 within their congregations and communities. The meeting was opened and welcomed by GIWA India's Founder Pujya Swamiji and moderated by Pujya Swamiji and GIWA's Secretary General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji. Interfaith leaders taking part in the discussions included: HE Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche,...

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