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Nov 23 2016

GIWA Interfaith Leaders Meet during the Global Citizen Festival

On occasion of the Global Citizen India Festival in Mumbai, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's core leaders met internally, with the technical support of UNICEF India, to discuss how each of them would commit and contribute to concrete actions towards their collective mission to improve WASH and work towards #SDG6 within their congregations and communities. The meeting was opened and welcomed by GIWA India's Founder Pujya Swamiji and moderated by Pujya Swamiji and GIWA's Secretary General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji. Interfaith leaders taking part in the discussions included: HE Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche,...

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Nov 22 2016

FICCI, FCC, GIWA come together for Swachh Bharat & Clean Ganga

Pujya Swamijispoke at the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia (FCC) in New Delhi recently at a special event organised by FCC and FICCI on the theme of Clean Ganga, Climate Action and Swachh Bharat. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary-General GIWA and some of the GIWA's faith leaders, Bhai Mohinder Singhji, Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muniiji, Bhai Sahib Satpal Singhji, Paramjit Singh Chandhokji, President FCC S. Venkat Narayanji, Senior Director FICCI Nirankar Saxenaji came together with Pujya Swamiji to share about GIWA's recent interfaith events in Varanasi, Rishikesh and Bombay dedicated to...

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Nov 21 2016

Roundtable Leading Upto the Global Citizen Festival

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's Roundtable on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) for All, organised with the technical support of UNICEF India, took place on the lead up to the Global Citizen India Festival in Mumbai recently. It was a unique opportunity for GIWA's Interfaith Leaders, led by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, GIWA's Co-Founder, beautifully moderated by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, GIWA's Secretary General, with the support of UNICEF, joined by Media and Business Leaders who came together to talk & pledge for working towards fulfilling #SDG6. Respected Shiv Khemka...

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Nov 19 2016

GIWA pledges at the Global Citizen Festival

Leaders representing India’s six major faiths brought an audience of more than one lakh people to their feet as all joined hands and pledged to join forces at Mumbai’s Global Citizen Festival for a Swachhta Kranti (Clean Revolution): India’s burgeoning social movement to protect and save lives by ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to healthy, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The historic Festival, which attracted a global audience of some 1 billion people, is renowned for its unique mission for drawing together youth who are motivated to take actions...

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Nov 18 2016

Interfaith Leaders Give Keys to Clean & Green India to Students

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Ganga Action Parivar and Divine Shakti Foundation came together with interfaith leaders of the American Jewish Committee to hand over the newly built bio-toilets and recently launched school herbal garden to the students of the Kendriya Vidyalaya school. A symbolic key, prepared by the students, was handed over by the respected faith leaders to the children as a symbol that with this green technology and curriculum, focused on preservation and protection of our environment and natural resources, they too can have the keys to unlock a...

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Nov 15 2016

Hundreds Pledge for Toilets in Dev Diwali, Varanasi

On the auspicious occasion of Dev Diwali and Kartik Purnima, an incredible and historic Sarva Dharma Swachhta Sankalp 2016 (Interfaith Cleaniness and Harmony Pledge) took place on the 14th November on the Assi Ghat. It was led by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) Founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, GIWA’s Secretary General Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, blessed by GIWA’s Faith Leaders from India’s many faiths and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Highlights from the historic event included performances by Sivamani, Runa Rizvi Sivamani and special appearance by Kailash Kher, for a...

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Nov 04 2016

Pujya Swamiji & Sadhvi Bhagawatiji Meet with Pope Francis in Rome

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome as part of a two day International Symposium on Interreligious Sharing and Witnessing about Mercy for Peace and Reconciliation organized by KAICIID and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The Symposium brought together top leaders of the world’s major religions to reflect upon the concept on Mercy in the world’s religions, and the crucial role it can and must play in peace and reconciliation. Pujya Swamiji presented His Holiness Pope Francis with an elaichimala...

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Oct 31 2016

Diwali Celebrations Brings Light and Love to All

Divine Diwali celebrations at Parmarth Niketan, with the blessings of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, brought together people from all across the world and around India. Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji's inspiring words encouraged people from all walks of life to reflect on the deeper meaning and purpose of this beautiful festival of lights. Pujya Swamiji shared how the Indian spiritual culture believed that everyday should be an ustav (a celebration) and explained that the root of the word utsav (uts) meant roots. He shared that these celebrations were opportunities...

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