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Jun 04 2015

Agustyamuni Village Training Centre

On route back to Rudraprayag-Sangam, during their recent yatra to Kedarnath, Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji were invited by Smt Shaila Rani Rawatji to visit a newly opened training and employment centre in Agustyamuni, Rudraprayag. Upon seeing the centre and meeting the women, they planned to scale up and standardize the services to meet international standards as well as improve the training with the help and support of Bharat Mitra and his Organic India team playing a major part in training and development of the centre. To learn more, visit us at: <a...

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Jun 01 2015

Visit to DSF’s Triyuginarayan Livelihood Centre

A visit to the newly constructed livelihoods centre was the next stop in Pujya Swamiji’s yatra to Kedarnath where He met and spent time with the beneficiaries. Several of the women, who had lost their husbands in the floods, were so glad to get a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives- as Pujya Swamiji said, that along with weaving sweaters, shawls and many other garments they were also weaving their lives with hope and healing. Plans for a grand inauguration of the centre as well as a resilient...

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May 31 2015

Inauguration of Divine Shakti Foundation’s New Brightland School

Brightland International School, which was completely destroyed in the floods of 2013, has been rebuilt by Divine Shakti Foundation and Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, led, guided, blessed and inspired by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. The new, eco-friendly campus was inaugurated on the 31st May by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Harish Rawatji, Hon’ble Minister of Drinking Water and Education, Uttarakhand, Shri Mantri Prasad Naithaniji, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Uttarakhand, Shri Harak Singh Rawatji with Pujya Swamiji and other dignitaries and guests. The newly-rebuilt school will serve hundreds of children within its...

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May 18 2015

Reception with GIWA and other water and sanitation partners

HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Co-Chair of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General of GIWA, as well as many other respected faith, business and NGO leaders, including esteemed representatives of UNICEF, participated in a reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, at his official residence within the US Embassy this Tuesday. The event explored potential areas for collaboration between GIWA and USAID to support the Government of India’s (GOI) Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission, with a special focus on behavior change to...

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Apr 12 2015

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji Meet with President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma

GIWA Co-Founder, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Secretary General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati met South Africa's President, His Excellency, Mr. Jacob Zuma, at a private meeting yesterday, at the Johannesburg home of Shri Ajay Guptaji. During the meeting, they discussed the mission of GIWA and the importance of WASH for everyone, everywhere. The meeting ended on a warm note, with the President's pledge to arrange for meetings with his Cabinet ministers upon their return to South Africa....

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Apr 09 2015

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji Meets with Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati met with Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Iraniji in Delhi. Together they discussed a number of projects, including the inauguration of the Brightland International School in Chandrapuri, Rudraprayag, a school that had been washed away completely in the floods and rebuilt by Divine Shakti Foundation and Ganga Action Parivar in a new location for 200 schoolchildren, as well as 11 other school projects being undertaken. They also discussed the “green” activities and efforts that are being done undertaken, such as...

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Mar 28 2015

National Editors Meet for Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

A National Meeting to inspire editors and eminent journalists from all across India to prioritize and raise awareness on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Mission) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) was held in Delhi on the 28th March, organized by UNICEF, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Samyak Foundation. Tragic statistics on how critical and dire the sanitation situation is in India were shared. Emphasis was laid on how India leads the world in the number of people who lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. India, sadly, also leads the world...

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Mar 22 2015

World Water Day 2015

Uplift, Unify the Shift Network and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) came together for a World Water Day celebration at Parmarth Niketan Ashram (Rishikesh, India) that started with a beautiful live Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of Ganga on the 22nd March and then connected over 300 locations all over the world to celebrating, honouring and loving water with a sacred yagna/havan and Water Blessing Ceremony webcast live on the 23rd morning at sunrise. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji gave a beautiful introduction to the celebrations by sharing, "Today, is a beautiful...

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Mar 14 2015

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji’s Blessed, Blissful and Beautiful Birthday

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji's blessed, blissful and beautiful birthday celebrations started like most other days, dedicated to service of God's Divine Grace, with her active engagement in a plethora of projects and programmes flourishing and thriving under her able leadership and tenacious dedication. In honour of her birthday, many members of the Divine Shakti Foundation joined together to wish her a green birthday with a beautiful, organic and green birthday salad, fresh from Parmarth Niketan's organic farm. The salad was also a symbol of Sadhvi Bhagawatiji's strong belief and principle of leading a...

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Mar 01 2015

Inauguration of the International Yoga Festival 2015

Inauguration of the International Yoga Festival 2015 Today, the 16th annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan ashram began. Since 1999, Parmarth Niketan has been hosting this world renowned event which has grown to international acclaim and which grows in size year after year. Yogacharyas, teachers, students and seekers come from every corner of the globe to participate in this program. This year there are approximately 1000 participants from more than 55 countries. There are classes from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm with more than 60 revered saints, yogacharyas,...

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