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Oct 16 2015

Kalam Ko Salaam: Tribute to Dr. APJ Abul Kalamji at the Parliament

Salt Lake City, Utah: Interfaith Leaders of the The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance gracing the Parliament of the World’s Religions offered their homage to the Late President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, on his birth anniversary. Leaders from the world’s major faiths saluted Former Indian President’s divine service to a vision of interfaith harmony in India and the world as well as his legacy of being the Missile Man with a Mission of Peace and Unity. They urged that all leaders could learn so much from his example, especially in...

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Oct 15 2015

India’s Faith Leaders Converge at Parliament

Salt Lake City, USA- Over a hundred years after Swami Vivekanandaji made history at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the spiritual leaders of India travelled to Salt Lake City, USA for the world’s sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions, where they took a resounding stand for a Swachh Bharat and to help save our world’s dwindling water resources. Approximately 10,000 leaders from 50 religious traditions and 80 nations are present at the historic event taking place from the 15-19 October at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Globally, more people perish...

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Oct 12 2015

Emerging Pledges and Partnerships

Everyday Pujya Swamiji inspires the people that he comes into contact with be they saints, celebrities, public officials or every day people who come to Parmarth Niketan to work for improving WASH, ensuring adequate sanitation, protecting the environment and serving for the welfare of all. Pujya Swamiji also had follow-up meetings with saints of Swaminarayan Gurukul Parivar (SGVP) who spent a few days at their Himalayan home in Parmarth Niketan recently. They discussed how to educate about WASH and inspire behaviour change in more villages. They shared progress about the 108...

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Oct 08 2015

GIWA Welcomes Detol-RB’s Global Reps Home to Uttarakhand

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), welcomed special delegation of 46 Global Representatives of RB (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser, popularly known in India by its household product-Dettol), to Uttarakhand recently. The representatives had raised nearly 2 crore Rupees to serve in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, bringing WASH awareness and education in their planned interventions in the districts of Haridwar-Laksar and Udham Singh Nagar, as part of their Banega Swachh India-Campaign Challenge. Their visit and service project was graciously inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand,...

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Oct 08 2015

Kalam Ko Salaam

A Unique Month-Long Green Drive Dedicated to HE the President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalamji Pujya Swamiji inspired a very special tribute (shraddhanjali) to the Late President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalamji with a month long plantation drive honouring the Former President for his dynamic, green, extraordinary leadership and divine example. The plantation drive included thousands of trees being planted in over 200 schools, more than 200 parks, launched the plans to plant 1 million trees in Kurkushetra and completed the first month-long plantation with inspiring a series of...

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Oct 01 2015

Green Drive at Delhi Public School

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji were Guests of Honour at a special programme at the Delhi Public School in RK Puram.The programme started with a large-scale tree-plantation on the school campuses. A campaign to support plantation of fruit trees in over 70 other schools was also launched which DPS,will coordinate and support in the planting of fruit trees on their school campuses. Sadhvi Bhagawatiji spoke to the auditorium filled with children by sharing, “You must not only grow but you must thrive. You must not only follow but lead. The best...

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Sep 27 2015

United Nations Agencies, Faith Leaders Sign Historic Declaration

UN-Habitat, in collaboration with other United Nations agencies and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, held a closed-door meeting in New York in which a historic declaration was approved by all parties in order to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals through partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to sanitation, without which the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved. At the same time, over 83% of the world’s population practices a faith, placing Faith-Based Organizations in...

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Sep 24 2015

Moral & Spiritual Imperative to End Extreme Poverty

New York- Leaders of the world’s foremost faith organizations gathered today to send a loud and unique signal of solidarity in order to end global poverty as a unified force. From India, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Co-Founder, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance were invited and requested to speak on the auspicious occasion. Watch the #faith2endpoverty pledge https://t.co/ksC9LnCmAS The gatherings, hosted by the World Bank, United Nations and Faith-Based Organizations including the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, signified a...

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Sep 24 2015

Pujya Swamiji pays homage to H.H. Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji at the time of His Mahasamadhi

RISHIKESH- HH Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji, one of the most renowned and beloved saints of India attained Mahasamadi yesterday at his ashram in Rishikesh. Said HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh and Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, “Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji was a great inspiration for this world. Through his timeless wisdom, humour and compassionate approach, he brought the holy teachings of the Vedas to the masses, so that they could be realized and lived in the hearts of all. He will be greatly missed....

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Sep 23 2015

Banega Swachh India Meeting and Dinner in Delhi

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s Co-Founder, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, and Secretary-General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, were warmly received at a dinner meeting hosted and organized by RB, formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser and makers of popular household products Dettol and Harpic. The Global Board of Directors of RB were present at the dinner, as was the British High Commissioner, Sir James Bevan KCMG, and Nobel Peace Prize winner and Indian children’s rights and education advocate, Shri Kailash Satyarthi. Last year RB launched a nation-wide initiative, Banega Swacch India, in support of the government’s...

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