The Prem Rawat Foundation Funds Indigenous Australian School Breakfast Program
Los Angeles, February 16, 2007 —The Prem Rawat Foundation announced that it made a critical grant to Oxfam (Australia) to help develop and implement a breakfast program to support indigenous schoolchildren in Mornington Island in northern Queensland.
Oxfam reports that, “School attendance here is poor, and this project provides both health promotion and educational opportunities. Such projects in other communities have been linked to higher school retention and improved literacy.”
The program has had such good results so far that there has been a request to extend the hours so more children can get breakfast and teachers can actually bring their students there in the morning. One of the teachers noted: “When children have skipped breakfast in the morning, their levels of concentration are limited and they start to become disruptive during the lesson. This project is making a difference with the children’s learning development.”
At the check-giving ceremony near Brisbane, Australia, guests were welcomed by Des Sandy, a tribal elder, followed by a presentation on the project by the Oxfam representative, Jenny Sewter. After she was presented with a check, children from the Mornington Island School showed their appreciation and presented Prem Rawat some traditional gifts.
Oxfam International seeks increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice is crucial to sustainable development. For more information on the Mornington Island Breakfast Program, visit www.oxfam.org.au.
The Prem Rawat Foundation supports significant humanitarian initiatives that improve the quality of life for people in need around the world by providing basic necessities such as food, water, medical care, and disaster relief. The Foundation also makes significant grants to effective relief organizations such as the United Nations World Food Programme.
In addition to its humanitarian activities, the Foundation also furthers the message of peace of Prem Rawat, widely known by the honorary title of Maharaji. Prem Rawat has spent the last four decades traveling around the world with the message that each person can find fulfillment by discovering “a peace that is already within, waiting to be discovered.”
More than 10 million people have sought inspiration from him, and his message is now made available in more than 88 countries and 70 languages.
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