Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Be In The Moment Called Now

Image: YPI
© The Prem Rawat Foundation

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

A Billion for a Billion - Help Eradicate Hunger

If you're reading this, you are one of the online billion that can help the hungry billion. Take a minute to watch this short video and then find out how you can help the 1 billion people that are hungry in the world at this World Food Program link

Monday, 28 September 2009

Bob Dylan Partners With The World Food Programme

Portrait by William Caxton

Royalties from Bob Dylan’s forthcoming Christmas album will be donated to the World Food Programme (WFP) at a time when a growing hunger crisis threatens the lives of 108 million people worldwide.

The artist’s international royalties in perpetuity from his forthcoming album of holiday songs, Christmas In The Heart, to be released 12 October, will be donated to WFP.

"Bob Dylan's generosity to help WFP feed the world's hungry couldn't come at a better time. Starting this Christmas, we can give thousands of meals to hungry school children all over the world, a gift for a lifetime," said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP, the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide, adding that for just 25 US cents a day, WFP can fill a school child's cup with porridge to help them learn better and succeed in the future.

Bob Dylan commented, “That the problem of hunger is ultimately solvable means we must each do what we can to help feed those who are suffering and support efforts to find long-term solutions. I’m honoured to partner with the World Food Programme and Crisis in their fight against hunger worldwide.”

Christmas In The Heart will be the 47th album from Bob Dylan, and follows his worldwide chart-topping Together Through Life, released earlier this year. Songs performed by Dylan on this new album include, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.”

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Turning Trash Into Affordable Homes

Using everyday items, most people would consider useless, Dan Phillips has found a way to provide affordable living. The Huntsville architect helps people build their homes using recyclable material.

He has been building homes like this for years. So far he has built 14 structures each made with at least 75 percent recycled material. Everything from old relish dishes to a ceiling made completely of recycled frame samples. It's part of his life-long commitment to help people who can't afford traditional housing.

To learn more about him you can visit the website

Via: ABC

Monday, 21 September 2009

International Day Of Peace - Words Of Peace

Today is the International Day of Peace, so I thought I'd post something about Prem Rawat's message of peace. For four decades he has been travelling the world and inspiring people to find peace within themselves. At the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, he said, “Peace needs to be in everyone’s life. The peace we are looking for is within. It is in the heart, waiting to be felt. It is not the world that needs peace; it is people. When people in the world are at peace within, the world will be at peace.

Words of Peace is broadcast on TV internationally, and you can check here to see listings for your region. You can also visit the Words of Peace Global site to get more information.

This is a short video clip from a talk he gave a few years ago when he was invited to deliver the keynote address at Australia's Parliament House in Canberra on the UN International Day of Peace.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Denmark Launches World's Biggest Offshore Wind Park

On Thursday, Sept. 17 Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik, turned on a switch to start 91 wind turbines 19 miles (30 kilometers) off the west coast of Jutland in the North Sea, which will generate enough electricity for 200,000 Danish households. The turbines are operated by DONG Energy - the photo above shows CEO Anders Eldrup speaking at the official opening ceremony.

Denmark's launch of the world's biggest offshore wind farm comes just before the global climate conference in the capital, Copenhagen, December 7-19. At this conference world leaders will try to hammer out a new global climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012.

Denmark, which gets a fifth of its electricity production from wind, aims for an ambitious treaty in Copenhagen and hopes the conference will boost its environmental technology industry.

The 3.5 billion crowns ($694 million) wind park overtakes another Denmark installation, the 166-MW Nysted wind farm - also DONG Energy's - as the world's biggest offshore wind park.

Via: Reuters

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

People Powered Flour Mill

The People Powered Flour Mill is a bicycle-driven grain grinding mill designed to connect the community to its local food production. Fergus Walker, the inventor, built it as a graduate project for a community bakery in Scotland.

Fergus says that its purpose is education and inspiration: children, parents, grandparents can all come and take part, providing a link between fields of wheat and loaves of bread. It will be set up in Fife, Scotland, where it will be used for milling demonstrations and baking workshops.

Since flour loses nutrients within hours of being milled, putting the grinding nearer to the baking brings additional health benefits that are lost at a larger scale. The mill can also be plugged into any power source for more continuous milling.

Watch this video (including bagpipe music!)

Via: Fergus Walker

Sunday, 13 September 2009

World Habitat Day 2009

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year that falls on October 5.

The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is intended to
reaffirm that adequate shelter is a basic human right and to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

If you would like to get involved, you can visit the World Habitat Day page at Habitat For Humanity where there is information about how you can help, including a Photo Petition.

Watch this short video message from the UN.

Some other posts on Habitat For Humanity:

Habitat For Humanity Supplies Water In Tajikistan

Habitat For Humanity

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Fatuma Omar - From Squalor To Scholar

Children all over the world are getting ready to go back to school, but for 15-year-old Fatuma Omar in Kenya it is a particularly special occasion. Raised in the world's largest refugee camp, Fatuma won a scholarship to attend Nairobi's best girls' school.

Apart from her own undoubted intelligence and help from her mother, she also benefitted from the school meals programme that the World Food Programme and its partners have run for years in the Dadaab refugee camp on the Kenya-Somalia border.

These meals were what drew Fatuma and thousands like her to the camp school. Once there, she studied hard and went on to score almost unprecedented marks in her final exams.

In some of the poorest parts of the world, a school meals programme can provide the only source of food for children and can dramatically increase enrolment, especially for young girls.

To learn more about the World Food Programme, visit their website here.

Friday, 11 September 2009

New Car-Carrier Ship To Bring Down CO2 Emissions

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that the company has formed the concept for its next-generation vessels, the first of which is a next-generation, environment-friendly car carrier.

MOL named the first concept: Car Carrier "ISHIN-I (ishin one)," which stands for "Innovations in Sustainability backed by Historically proven, INtegrated technologies." The 2 main features are firstly, that while in port, and during loading and unloading it will achieve zero CO2 emissions. It further develops the use of renewable energy for conventional car carriers and realizes the zero emission goal by adopting large-capacity solar-power panels and rechargeable batteries. Secondly, while under way, it will reduce CO2 emissions by 50%.


Thursday, 10 September 2009

Disabled Man Builds His Own Car

A 64-year-old Palestinian inventor who faces mobility problems, after spending most of what he earned on taxis,has built a homemade electric car, saving himself money as well as the trouble of walking on crutches.

The homemade electric car has 20hp and can reach speeds around 78mph. It is powered by 12V batteries and has zero emission.

The inventor hopes his invention will be adopted by the Palestinian government to help other people with mobility problems.

Via: Reuters

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Support Your Cause With A Twestival

During the weekend of 10-13 September cities around the world will be hosting events in support of a local cause with Twestival Local.

A Twestival or Twitter-Festival, as defined in the Twestival website, is 'a global series of events organized by volunteers around the world under short timescales, which bring people offline for a great cause.' It started in September 2008, when a group of London Twitter users hosted an event called Harvest Twestival connecting people offline for a bit of fun and for a good cause. The event was planned in under two weeks and sponsorship came from people on Twitter.

While Twestival Local encourages cities to support a local cause, Twestival Global supports one cause around the world on one day. The first Twestival Global was held earlier this year on 12 February, when over 200 cities hosted a Twestival to bring Twitter communities together to raise money for charity: water. The Twestival raised over $250,000 and brought worldwide public awareness to the global water crisis.

For more information on either Twestival Global or Twestival Local visit the website here. Meanwhile, take a look at the short video, which is the first of four that show how the $250.,000 raised from the February Twestival was used to drill wells in Ethipia. If you want to see the other 3 videos, then check them out here.

Twestival Well Drilling - Day 1 from Ethiopia - charity: water from charity: water on Vimeo.

Some other posts on How To Help:

2 Ways In Which Individuals Can Help

Bloggers Unite For Hunger And Hope

Raising Money For Your Chosen Cause With SocialVibe

Friday, 4 September 2009

The Prem Rawat Foundation Gives US$20,000 to Aid Sri Lanka War Victims

The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) has donated US$20,000 to the Jeeva Shakthi Society for aid to Vavuniya, Northern Province, Vavuniya District of Sri Lanka in an effort to provide nutrition to those displaced by civil war in the region. The grant will aid the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) currently occupying camps and settlements for a two-month period.

"Our hearts go out to all the people in Sri Lanka who have been affected by the war," states Linda Pascotto, President of The Prem Rawat Foundation. "We are especially concerned for those who have been displaced and have been living in camps and settlements, sometimes facing severe food shortages and often not getting the nutrition they need. It must be so debilitating to fight the ravages of war and in a weakened state."

These camps are the result of the decades-long Sri Lanka Civil War between the government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), commonly known as the Tamil Tigers, who have fought for an independent homeland for the country's ethnic Tamil minority since 1983. Since May of this year, many of the displaced persons living in camps have contemplated returning to their homes.

"This grant from TPRF will feed 540,000 Internally Displaced Persons in the Vavuniya region, providing them with healthy meals of vegetables, eggs and lentils for at least two months, so that they can begin to get back on their feet again and rebuild their lives," Mrs. Pascotto further states.

Shamila Malawaraarachchi, Treasurer of Jeeva Shakthi Society, expressed appreciation. "There are hundreds of thousands of IDPs in Vavuniya camps. It was a very difficult problem to provide nutritious food, and they are in dire need. Thanks to the grant by The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), it has enabled a large number of IDPs who are really in need of nutritious food to get it."
For more information, visit:

SOURCE The Prem Rawat Foundation

You can also see my other posts on TPRF here - A Spark Of Hope and Giving From The Heart

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