“The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) recently released a short new video film ‘A World of Difference: 2017 News’ which highlights some of the achievements of the Foundation during the past year. Included are segments on the Peace Education and Food for People programs, the flagship projects supported by Peace Partners.
From their beginnings back in 2001, TPRF’s initiatives - all sponsored entirely by supporters - have gone from strength to strength. Though still small by some international standards, The Foundation has had a deep impact on many individuals, from all around the world, whose lives have been touched by its work. This film includes an interview with a participant in a veteran’s PEP here in the UK, an amazing item about how PEP is being used to help thousands of ex-combatants and victims heal from the wounds of the longstanding sectarian conflict in Columbia, as well as news and updates about Food for People and recent emergency relief efforts.
The film concludes with an excerpt of founder Prem Rawat speaking at a peace forum convened in Medellin, Columbia in July. The video runs for just over 12 minutes, and makes for essential and inspiring viewing!”
Two testimonals from people who have benefitted from attending the Peace Education Programme.
Here in the UK the PEP has been expanding since the first classes held at HMP Thameside were started in 2015. In 2016 an event at the British Film Institute sponsored jointly by The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) and The Tutu Foundation premiered the documentary. 'Inside Peace', a film which follows the impact of the programme on inmates in San Antonio Texas. The invited audience included leaders from the prison service, and the event forum keynote address was given by TPRF founder Prem Rawat. You can view a recording of the forum here. In 2017 1,775 attendees participated in 243 PEP sessions in correctional facilities in the UK. To date PEP sessions have been held in 11 UK prisons.
Peace Partners is delighted to have been supporting PEP financially through donations, and as sponsors/partners of events and presentations, including a further showing of the film Inside Peace in central London. This year we are partnering with a university in the north of England to show the film again. For a flavour of what has been happening in the UK visit our website Peace Education Blog here.
A very recent TPRF video update about how the program is helping people in Colombia heal after five decades of civil war can be viewed below.
New stories from TPRF
The following TPRF blog article describes the impact of PEP on both some Miami-Dade County female inmates and volunteers alike; and can be read here. And all the latest reports and articles about current developments can be found on TPRF's website here
In 2014 a study commissioned from social research consultants Damooei Global Research analysed 365 worldwide surveys of participants in the programme, conducted in the previous 18 months. Author Dr. Jamshid Damooei reported that the results showed “a tremendous improvement with regard to believing that feeling peace is a possibility. Before the programme less than 42% believed that feeling peace was possible. After the programme, almost 100% believed that it was. Three quarters (74.3%) strongly feel that peace is a possibility in their lives.” The report, which includes a host of brief personal answers from survey respondents (from which our header quote is drawn), makes for fascinating and inspiring reading. You can download it from TPRF's website here.
Rukaya Iddris and her husband are pictured here with their eight children, all of whom eat at the Ghana Food for People facility.
During the early morning hours of January 9, more than 750 wide-eyed students from the village of Otinibi, Ghana returned to class after the holidays, ready to learn and catch up with their friends. When lunchtime came around, they had worked up quite an appetite, and because of the generosity of donors from around the world, they were greeted at the Food for People (FFP) kitchen by the smell of fresh local vegetables, rice, and fish stew. It was the opening day of 2018 at the “Canteen” as the locals fondly call it, and the kids beamed as they enjoyed their meals and shared their hopes for the year ahead.
You can read more about the Ghana Food For People facility and the children it serves here.