The Prem Rawat Foundation makes a donation to United Nations’ World Food Programme to alleviate famine in Niger
Los Angeles, September 7, 2005 — The Prem Rawat Foundation has made a contribution to the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to bring emergency hunger relief to people in Niger. The contribution will provide food for 2,000 people for a month.
For Karen Sendelback, President and CEO of Friends of the World Food Programme, “The Friends of the World Food Programme express our sincere gratitude to The Prem Rawat Foundation for the generous gift of $35,000 in support of the World Food Programme’s emergency operations in Niger. Currently, WFP is feeding 1.9 million people facing extreme hunger and malnutrition in that country. Food is targeted to those most in need through feeding centers that reach malnourished children and their mothers. WFP is also helping farmers cope with crop losses through Food for Work programs, which provide food as payment for work on infrastructure improvements and other needed projects, and through the creation of cereal banks. This critical support for people in great need would not be possible without the dedicated support of organizations like The Prem Rawat Foundation, which share our commitment to fighting hunger. Indeed, where hunger exists, there cannot be peace. This generous gift will make a critical difference in the lives of thousands of people.”
For Linda Pascotto, President of The Prem Rawat Foundation, “This donation from Prem Rawat’s Foundation marks Prem Rawat’s sustained commitment to heading and supporting significant humanitarian initiatives in partnership with the most respected humanitarian organizations. The United Nation’s World Food Programme is much trusted and is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. When we heard about the plight of children and families in Niger and learned that WFP’s emergency operation there had a shortfall of US$32 million, which corresponds to 43,000 tons of food, we felt compelled to help. Hunger and malnutrition are still the world’s biggest killers, taking the lives of more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Prem
Rawat and his Foundation are committed to continuing to help improve the quality of life for people most in need.”
Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title Maharaji, travels the world bringing a message of hope, inspiring people to find peace within. His Foundation spearheads significant humanitarian initiatives. In addition to its efforts to help alleviate hunger and malnutrition, the Foundation regularly holds free medical clinics in northern India.