Latest News

May 14 2017

Meeting with the External Affairs Minister and IDF-OI

Pujya Swamiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Founder, Ganga Action Parivar and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General of the GIWA, President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, met with Hon’ble External Affairs Minister, Smt Sushma Swarajji and discussed a number of important topics including continuing to promote Yoga amongst the global community and the upcoming International Yoga Day. They spoke about the great success of the 29th Annual International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, which welcomed more then 1700 participants from 101 nations. Pujya...

Share Post
May 11 2017

Humanitarian Aid International Conference at India Habitat Center

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji addressed a conference by Humanitarian Aid International on the important role of faith based organizations and civil society organizations in Disaster Risk Reduction. Her high level panel was chaired by eminent journalist Shri Vir Sanghvi and also included Dr. V. Thiruppagazh, Joint Secretary National Disaster Management Authority, Govt of India, Shefali Chaturdevi, CEO, CII Foundation and Jagadananda, co-founder CYSD and former Odisha State Information Commissioner. Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor and many other top representatives from Civil Society and NGOs were also present. She represented the faith...

Share Post
Apr 29 2017

GIWA and GAP Sign MOU with WWF-India

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Ganga Action Parivar signed an MOU with WWF-India to join hands together in our work for Ganga, water wildlife and our divine Mother Earth’s gorgeous life-giving and life-sustaining natural habitat. We had an official MOU signing event at their headquarters in Delhi yesterday. [srizonfbalbum id=118]...

Share Post
Apr 25 2017

Meeting on Faith-Based Organizations at the World Bank

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji participated at a high level roundtable held by Jim Yong Kim at the World Bank during their Spring Meetings, on the role of faith, faith leaders and faith based organizations in eliminating extreme poverty. In an incredibly compelling, nearly five hour discussion, they discussed issues ranging from water, sanitation, stunting and open defecation to hunger and violence against women and children. The exciting work of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and the Divine Shakti Foundation (DSF) in these areas was shared and discussed....

Share Post
Apr 07 2017

2017 WIN Conference: Creating the Future

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji spoke at the 2017 Women’s International Networking (WIN), an independent global leadership organization, Conference entitled Creating the Future.  Sadhviji was joined by Manisha Giotra, CEO, Moelis, Namrita Jhangiani, Consultant, Egon Zehnder, and Mallika Bajaj, Director/CMO, MIXILION/Little Yellow Beetle Media on a panel at one of the main plenary sessions entitled “Women with Vision & the Future Career.” Sadhviji stated, “That equality doesn’t have to mean the same as being a man.”  She further emphasized, “…the importance of empowering ALL aspects of the feminine, including Mother Nature and Mother...

Share Post
Apr 07 2017

Pujya Swamiji, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, and Mananiya LK Advaniji Discuss Solutions to Pollution

During Mananiya LK Advaniji visit, important discussions took place in the presence of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Munijiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Founder, Ganga Action Parivar and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance India (GIWA), led by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General, GIWA, about the many solutions to the pollution and the multi-faceted threats facing our National River Ganga and our planet. They discussed and lauded the landmark verdict of the Uttarakhand High Court, which ordered that the Ganga River and its major tributaries such as the River Yamuna and...

Share Post
Apr 02 2017

UNICEF India and GIWA Meet to Improve WASH For Every Child

UNICEF India and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance held a two-day intensive planning meeting at Parmarth Niketan recently. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, Co-Founder of GIWA, provided His valuable insights to the meeting. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General of GIWA, led key aspects of the discussions. Attending were UNICEF India’s Chief of WASH, Mr Nicolas Osbert, Communication for Development Specialist, Ms Rania Elessawi, Advocacy and Communication Specialist, Ms Stephanie Raison and members of the UNICEF Bihar team, WASH Specialist, Mr Pravin More and Advocacy and Communication Specialist, Ms Nipurnh Gupta. The...

Share Post
Mar 25 2017

Indian Society for Training & Development’s 4th Eastern Regional Conference in Kolkata

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji addressed a group of more than 500 professional human resource managers, industry experts, academicians, and practicing management MBA students during the Indian Society for Training & Development’s (ISTD) 4th Eastern Regional Conference in Kolkata, which is part of a national institution devoted to human resource development through trainers, with international affiliations based in Geneva and Manila. The theme of the conference was on “Re-engineering Training & Development for Improving Bottom Line.” Present at the conference were Dr. Partha Chatteerjee – MIC, Government of West Bengal, Mr. MoloyGhatak...

Share Post
Mar 23 2017

Women Heroes for a Swachh Bharat Converge for World Water Day

Rishikesh—A unique World Water Day celebration brought together and honoured Sanitation Ambassadors and Heroes from nearby villages and urban slums who have worked towards making their local communities and water bodies free from open defecation and pollution. The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), under the inspiration and guidance of its co-founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji has been training people in slums and villages on how to lead their own communities towards a Swachhta Kranti or Clean Revolution. GIWA has been doing so through its array of courses, offered through its...

Share Post
Mar 15 2017

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji’s Divine Birthday Celebrations

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji’s divine birthday celebrations were filled with beautiful blessings from HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and love from everyone at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Countless wishes also poured in from all around the world. Sevaks at Parmarth Niketan 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 is a symbol of Sadhvi Bhagawatiji’s strong belief and principle of leading a life that treads lightly on the planet, mindful of reducing our carbon and water footprint,...

Share Post