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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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Nov 22 2016

FICCI, FCC, GIWA come together for Swachh Bharat & Clean Ganga

Pujya Swamijispoke at the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia (FCC) in New Delhi recently at a special event organised by FCC and FICCI on the theme of Clean Ganga, Climate Action and Swachh Bharat. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary-General GIWA and some of the GIWA's faith leaders, Bhai Mohinder Singhji, Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muniiji, Bhai Sahib Satpal Singhji, Paramjit Singh Chandhokji, President FCC S. Venkat Narayanji, Senior Director FICCI Nirankar Saxenaji came together with Pujya Swamiji to share about GIWA's recent interfaith events in Varanasi, Rishikesh and Bombay dedicated to...

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Nov 21 2016

Roundtable Leading Upto the Global Citizen Festival

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's Roundtable on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) for All, organised with the technical support of UNICEF India, took place on the lead up to the Global Citizen India Festival in Mumbai recently. It was a unique opportunity for GIWA's Interfaith Leaders, led by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, GIWA's Co-Founder, beautifully moderated by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, GIWA's Secretary General, with the support of UNICEF, joined by Media and Business Leaders who came together to talk & pledge for working towards fulfilling #SDG6. Respected Shiv Khemka...

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Nov 19 2016

GIWA pledges at the Global Citizen Festival

Leaders representing India’s six major faiths brought an audience of more than one lakh people to their feet as all joined hands and pledged to join forces at Mumbai’s Global Citizen Festival for a Swachhta Kranti (Clean Revolution): India’s burgeoning social movement to protect and save lives by ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to healthy, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The historic Festival, which attracted a global audience of some 1 billion people, is renowned for its unique mission for drawing together youth who are motivated to take actions...

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Nov 18 2016

Interfaith Leaders Give Keys to Clean & Green India to Students

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Ganga Action Parivar and Divine Shakti Foundation came together with interfaith leaders of the American Jewish Committee to hand over the newly built bio-toilets and recently launched school herbal garden to the students of the Kendriya Vidyalaya school. A symbolic key, prepared by the students, was handed over by the respected faith leaders to the children as a symbol that with this green technology and curriculum, focused on preservation and protection of our environment and natural resources, they too can have the keys to unlock a...

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