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Feb 17 2017

Sanitation Conference in Assam Begins with Interfaith Pledge

Renowned faith leaders of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) inaugurated the two day Assam Sanitation Conference in Khanapara Field, Guwahati with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Sarbananda Sonowallji and Hon’ble Minister of State Drinking Water & Sanitation Shri Ramesh Jigajinagiji along with many other ministers, secretaries and eminent representatives of UNICEF India. The GIWA India delegation was led by its Founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and included prominent and revered interfaith leaders including HH Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, HH Maulana Mahmood Ahmed Madaniji, HH Venerable Lama Lobzangji, HH...

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Feb 08 2017

GIWA at KAICIID’s Second Meeting of the Advisory Forum

High-Level faith leaders from across the world were inspired today towards promoting interfaith reconciliation by joining forces against a “new common enemy.” The meetings, held by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), under the leadership of Faisal Bin Muaammar, Secretary-General, KAICIID, brought together foremost leaders from the Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and other faiths under a common banner for the promotion of peace and reconciliation in these trying times. Featured prominently as a speaker was HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya...

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Feb 07 2017

Maha Karuna Day Celebrations in Delhi

Pujya Swamiji graced and blessed the International Celebration of Maha Karuna Day 2017. He joined Hon Governor of Bihar Shri Ram Nath Kovindji, Union Minister Maneka Gandhiji, Union Minister Ramdas Athawaleji as well as a galaxy of faith leaders, some of who included Anandmurti Gurumaaji, Acharya Lokesh Muniji, Imam Umer Ilyasiji, Lama Lobsangji, many country ambassadors and others in accepting the Mahakaruna Award for being true ambassadors and torch-bearers of peace. The event was held at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Delhi, organised by the great vision and dedication...

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Feb 05 2017

Inauguration of the Char Dham Bus Stand Bio-Toilet, Rishikesh

Sanitation and Meditation come together in Rishikesh at the Public Bio-Toilet Inauguration at the Char Dham Bus Stand HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Co-Founder of The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Founder Ganga Action Parivar and President of Parmarth Niketan, graced and blessed the official inauguration ceremony of the new eco-friendly, public bio-digester toilets built at Char Dham Bus Stand, Rishikesh. He was joined by Executive Director of BHEL HEEP Haridwar Shri Prakash Chandji, Shri SK Agarwal, General Manager BHEL, along with members of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry...

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Jan 23 2017

Uttarkashi Ganga Aarti & Makar Sakranti Mela

Pujya Swamiji recently visited Uttarkashi on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sakranti and inspired thousands of people, assembled for the special festival, to protect and preserve their sacred rivers from pollution and open defecation. He also inspired a pledge for clean water, sanitation and hygiene as well making Uttarkashi open defecation free. He interacted with locals and led everyone in an extraordinary Ganga Aarti on the banks of the River Ganga. [fbalbum url="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154953666157698.1073742244.86246862697&type=1&l=c6cbe6f21b"]...

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Jan 19 2017

US Ambassador to India Hosts Special Dinner for Richard Gere

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati graced a special dinner hosted by Hon’ble US Ambassador to India Mr Richard Verma for the famous Hollywood Actor Mr Richard Gere. Richard Gere, who was also in Bodh Gaya when the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s leaders visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to present him with a preview of the WASH in Buddhism book, was very happy to meet Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji again. They spoke about the critical need for improved WASH for all and the incredible work being done by...

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Jan 09 2017

WASH in Faith Books Presented to Hon’ble President of India

Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjeeji was presented the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s (GIWA) first edition of “WASH in Sikhism” and “WASH in Buddhism” books* recently by GIWA’s Co-Founder Pujya Swamiji and GIWA’s interfaith leaders and representatives, including: Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasiiji, President, All India Organization of Imams of Mosques, Venerable Lama Lobzangji, Secretary General, International Buddhist Confederation, President, Asoka Mission, India, Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muniji, President-Founder of the Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary- General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, President, Divine Shakti Foundation, Sardar Paramjit Singh Chandhokji,...

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Jan 06 2017

GIWA Sankalp, WASH in Buddhism Preview with HH the Dalai Lama

A wonderful coming together of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s interfaith leaders, led by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji and HH the Dalai Lama took place at Bodh Gaya yesterday during the ongoing Kalachakra Initiation and Puja. Over 100,000 people were in attendance.   The respected interfaith leaders spoke on the occasion about the importance of faith and the power it has towards catalyzing sustainable behaviour change. They emphasised the crucial need for cleanliness both within our hearts and minds as well as externally in our communities and villages. They also spoke...

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Jan 06 2017

Green Meeting with Chief Minister of Bihar for Ganga

On the final evening of the Sarva Dharma Swachhta Sankalp in Patna, respected interfaith leaders of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), led by GIWA’s Co-Founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, met with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumarji to discuss the importance of keeping the River Ganga clean, green and free-flowing.   Pujya Swamiji shared the work that GIWA and Ganga Action Parivar is committed to. They also discussed training and capacity building regarding how to build and maintain toilets, improve sanitation and end open defecation...

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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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