The newly released 2018 Annual Report details how The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) lays the groundwork for hope by addressing the fundamental needs of food, water, and peace.
To advance peace, TPRF offered the signature Peace Education Program to more than 15,328 people in over 30 countries, reflecting a growth of 26 percent over 2017. Diverse groups of participants reported that the workshops gave them a stronger sense of hope and contentment—from students and business leaders to inmates, ex-combatants, and more.
“Each day I am encouraged by the good news coming from the work of this Foundation that is laying the groundwork for world peace beginning with personal peace,” says Daya Rawat, TPRF President. “People from so many countries are getting a new lease on life, finding their inner strength and ability to find peace inside through the Peace Education Program.”
Videos of Prem Rawat’s inspiring talks are at the core of each multimedia workshop session, and TPRF sponsored live forums with Prem so that participants could ask follow-up questions and continue their learning to deepen their understanding of peace.
Prem met with U.S. inmates in Florida and California, and on the other side of the globe, he met with ex-combatants in Sri Lanka. In response to a violent crime epidemic in London, Prem joined leaders at Lambeth Community College to announce an expansion of the Peace Education Program as part of the solution. Prem also gave the keynote address at Kind Malaysia, a conference aiming to inspire responsible businesses to do more for the improvement of life in the societies they operate in.
The signature Food for People program provided clean water and over 479,221 nutritious meals to children and ailing adults in Ghana, India, and Nepal, a 12 percent increase from the previous year. The program has also grown to encompass computer labs, language courses, and agricultural training—all transforming communities by improving health, educational achievement, and economic sustainability.
Complementary eye clinics served nearly 6,000 impoverished people from 69 rural villages in India, providing free eyecare, eyeglasses, eye drops, and cataract referrals. TPRF also provided $40,000 for critical medicines and medical supplies to help people recover from a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
The Annual Report shows that TPRF’s success is built on the strong grassroots support from volunteers and donors in over 50 countries. Both Guidestar and Charity Navigator, the world’s top independent evaluators of nonprofits, give TPRF their highest grades for outstanding transparency, fiscal responsibility, and humanitarian results.
“In a world of turbulence, I am especially moved by the thousands of volunteers who apply time, energy, expertise, and enthusiasm to these programs, literally making them possible,” says Daya. “Joining them in the support of The Prem Rawat Foundation are the thousands of donors who make this work financially feasible. My personal thanks goes out to each one.”