On the waterfront of Buenos Aires, in an area called Puerto Madero, 2,002 people came to hear Prem Rawat speak on May 4, 2013. Among other things, he reminded his audience that there's a difference between simulating and experiencing peace, and that — to truly remove darkness — you need to bring in light. Nothing else will work.
PeaceBeats aims to introduce peace to young people in south London where there is a persistent problem of violent youth crime. Gang crime is a common occurrence in several of the districts of south London and the young people who have been involved in these gangs are likely to have experienced no direction or sense of ownership of their own lives. Thus the idea of PeaceBeats was created, with music, venue, promotional material, and videos all chosen to bring awareness of the possibility and the value of peace to this young audience.
The videos are mainly animations, although a version of Peace on the Inside, which shows the impact of Prem Rawat’s message on the lives of prisoners, has also been shown and received very well. The PeaceBeats project has been a success and has received funding from the Metropolitan police who have recognized that getting young people involved in various positive activities within the community is likely to provide a counterpoint to gang-related behavior. This has helped to pay for a PeaceBeats website, secure a fairly well known act, and pay for one of the venues.
For two years, María Silvestre Requena Pool, 32-year-old mother of a large Mayan family, has been getting up early once a week to help prepare hot breakfasts at the elementary school her children attend.
“At first our husbands got angry because we left early to cook at the school,” she says, “but when we prepared for them what we learned at school, they liked it because they were eating new dishes.”
“Every day the food is different,” says María's 11-year-old daughter, Guadalupe. “It tastes very good. In my house I only eat beans. I´m more interested in coming to school, because we learn more when we eat in school.”
On April 27th, 1,179 people piled into a gymnasium-turned-auditorium to hear Prem Rawat speak about the importance of life itself. Sitting on chairs, bleachers and sometimes the floor, all guests were warmly welcomed and admission was free of charge.
It seems like only yesterday that the second Food For People (FFP) facility opened near Katmandu, Nepal.
Tucked away in the Ganesh mountains, a tiny village called Tasarpu was chosen as the site where, in 2009, five hundred children and one hundred infirm adults began receiving daily hot meals. Last month over seven hundred children were fed. The number of infirm adults who need this additional meal has dropped to just twenty-six.
Before FFP, Tasarpu children often skipped school in order to help their parents with household chores, such as trekking long distances to fetch water. The addition of one nutritious meal a day by FFP has brought a greater sense of prosperity to the community. As a result, Tasarpu school attendance has increased to over 90% and school enrollment has doubled.