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Jan 03 2022

GIWA Conducts Menstrual Hygiene Management Session During Workshop at Parmarth

Akhil Bharatiya Asha Karamchari Mahaa Sangh, a trade union founded by the 10 million strong Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh, conducted a 2-day workshop at Parmarth Niketan for women members of its organization from 12 states of India that included a Menstrual Hygiene Management session conducted by the GIWA team that offered information about menstrual hygiene and the distribution of various menstrual products with instructions on how to use them. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji addressed an intimate gathering of the women and gifted them with a Menstrual kit consisting of eco-friendly reusable sanitary...

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Jan 03 2022

2021-2022 New Year, New You Spiritual Retreat

Our New Year, New You Spiritual Retreat is - like 2021 - now in the history books, but the deep connection that we experienced with all of the participants and the beautiful memories that were created over the course of the week will last a lifetime, and the wisdom and blessings that we received from HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Pujya Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji laid the foundation for a bhakti-filled and God-centered 2022! From beautiful and deep discourses, powerful pujas and energizing yoga practices to cave meditations, mountain hikes...

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Dec 10 2021

Today I Saw The Power of Joy

We visited our state of Uttarakhand's largest slum, Mayakund, to do a free medical camp including dental care and de-worming, after which we fed the children lunch. There is, of course, so much more to be done which we are now in discussions about, primarily in terms of making sure the children are all in school, even if that means buying a bus and bringing them to one of our schools, or building a new school closer to them! But what impacted me so deeply was when I was...

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Nov 19 2021

Mission Paani | World Toilet Day | Clean Water, Sustainable Sanitation

Join Param @Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati live on CNNNews18 Media (news18.com/mission-paani/) this morning, World Toilet Day, as India unites for a healthier nation of clean water and sustainable sanitation at the Mission Paani Sanitation Forum, beginning at 9 am. Pujya Swamiji will join the discussion LIVE from the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance Harpic India World Toilet College at Parmarth Niketan to discuss the current sanitation gap and how it can be bridged economically and socially, while Sadhviji will share her insights about women and sanitation, health...

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Nov 19 2021

River Ganga Celebration

Join us from the banks of Mother Ganga at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, in the lap of the Himalayas, on the sacred day of Dev Diwali (when the divine beings come and bathe in the waters of Mother Ganga) for the release of the Ganga Anthem, River Ganga song written by Snatam Kaur and sung by Snatam with Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, C.C. White A Musical Journey, Boston's House, and Ramesh Kannan. Our special event, taking place during the sacred Ganga aarti includes chanting by these world famous singers, our...

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Nov 18 2021

World Toilet Day – The Importance of Sanitation and Menstrual Hygiene.

On World Toilet Day, Sadhviji delivered an inspiring address amongst an august panel of experts at the World Toilet Organization's #WorldToiletSummit. She shared important insights about Menstrual Hygiene Management - perhaps one of the most-important and least-discussed health issues facing so many women across India and around the world and an important element in so many of the United Nations' #sustainabledevelopmentgoals "The average woman," Sadhviji emphasized "spends seven years - seven years! - of her life menstruating. Our sisters, our mothers, our wives spend seven years! But, do we...

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Oct 31 2021

Ahimsa and the Environment Webinar

Tune in to Go Dharmic's "Ahimsa and the Environment" webinar on Facebook LIVE (https://bit.ly/3pKifNz) as Global Interfaith WASH Alliance President, Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji; COP26 President and MP of the United Kingdom, Alok Sharma; Animal rights activist, Member of Lok Sabha and Environmentalist, Maneka Gandhi; Founder and ED of Climate Healers, Sailesh Rao; Director of the Goverdhan Ecovillage, Gauranga Das ; President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji and so many other policymakers, civil society leaders, interfaith leaders and members of the private sector to discuss the...

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Oct 28 2021

Bi-Weekly Rasan Vitran/Ration Distribution Initiated

In addition to the devastating sickness and the tragic loss of life, one of the major effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been its economic effect on impoverished and indigent groups and the loss of livelihoods and life's essentials. Interruptions in supply chains, in addition to the more obvious loss of income from a still-shrinking workforce, has created a new class of needy and worsened an already enormous segment of the population that is nothing less than poverty-stricken. In India and around the world, meals are missed and homes lost...

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Oct 20 2021

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award from President of the United States

Pujya Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji , PhD, Secretary-General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and President, Divine Shakti Foundation , based at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award from the President of the United States of America for her lifelong commitment to volunteer service. The lifetime achievement awards are given by AmeriCorps and the President of the United States. Sadhviji came to India 25 years ago, after graduating from Stanford University and while doing her PhD. She has spent the last 25 years engaged in selfless service for children, women, survivors...

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