45 Tons of Rice to War-Torn Ivory Coast
Abidjan, August 19, 2003 — The Prem Rawat Foundation today announced it has donated all the necessary funds to the Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Solidarity and Social Services for the purchase of 45 tons of rice. This government agency is directly responsible for aid distribu tion to assist refugees and victims of the civil war in this West African nation.
In appreciation of the gift, Mr. Eric Folquet, representing the Ministry of Solidarity and Social Services, said, “We are particularly moved by Prem Rawat’s ideas, and I would like to emphasize how they have touched us, especially in light of what Ivory Coast has endured in recent months. We appreciate this donation as a gesture of solidarity toward our people.”
Speaking on behalf of The Prem Rawat Foundation, Ms. Viviane Diallo Chiadon said, “The people who contributed to make this gift possible share one thing in common: they have been touched by Prem Rawat’s message of hope and peace. He does not recommend a specific way of thinking, a religion, or a political course of action. He only brings a message of hope and peace and helps people find within themselves the peace which we are all looking for.”
Recently addressing an enthusiastic crowd in Accra, Ghana, Prem Rawat remarked on the qualities that all human beings share: “When we come into life we all come with a longing to be fulfilled. Through all the journeys we take and all the things that we do, a voice within is calling us to be complete, to be in peace. People come to me who have nothing but a small piece of cloth to wear, and people come with the best of clothing. What I see is a human being who wants to be fulfilled. Ultimately, we all have the same desire. Wherever I go I remind people that what we need is peace in our lives and that that peace can be found within.”