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Prem Rawat Foundation Supports Sustainable Food Initiative in Ecuador

Prem Rawat Foundation Supports Sustainable Food Initiative in Ecuador

As part of a global effort to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation is funding food, seeds and gardening workshops in an area of Ecuador that has been hit hard by food shortages.

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) is supporting a project in collaboration with former gang members to feed people who are struggling with food shortages in Ibarra, Ecuador. The group, Street Peace and Respect, was inspired by TPRF's Peace Education Program to relinquish violence and contribute positively to their community.

Ecuador's lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic has severely exacerbated hunger problems in the group's neighborhood of Alpachaca, as well as surrounding rural areas. The grassroots humanitarian initiative includes ongoing emergency food deliveries to the elderly and handicapped, as well as seeds and seedlings for family gardens to develop vital food security and sustainable nourishment for years to come.

TPRF has so far supported the project with grants of $15,000. It has also attracted support from the Vibrant Village Foundation, the Jen Lee Foundation, local leaders, and government officials, who are providing logistics and transportation to ensure that thousands of people with the most urgent needs are receiving the aid.

"To all of the people who allow us to continue with this community aid, thank you for lending your hands as we continue working in this state of emergency," says Cristian Ubidia, a founding member of Street Peace and Respect.

"Thank you with all of my heart—that you have come to my house to give us a hand in this situation," said a mother who recently received food to feed her family. "I have three handicapped people here and we do not have work. Thank you to all who are collaborating."

As much of the food as possible for the deliveries is being purchased from small family farms, giving them a boost as well as those being fed.

"The Prem Rawat Foundation's support is invigorating lives at both ends. People were running out of food. It's crucial aid at a crucial time," says Project Manager Paul Murtha. "Thank you to the TPRF donors across the world who are making this possible. Everyone involved is so appreciative. This project is bringing out kindness in people, and the unity being generated in the communities is really touching."

The economic upheavals of the pandemic have spurred many locals to start building longer-term solutions to food insecurity. Families and neighbors are banding together to start seed banks and community gardens.

In coordination with community leaders, TPRF is empowering the bottom-up effort by funding more than 1.5 million seeds and seedlings, as well as field workshops on how to maximize production for family nutrition in thousands of local gardens.

"This is an excellent strategy to improve quality of life in extensive ways. The family gardens are becoming the basis for a well-focused and sustainable program," says Murtha.

The humanitarian efforts in Ecuador are just one of the many ways TPRF is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic internationally. You can stay up to date on all of those initiatives efforts here.

TPRF also offers the signature Food for People and Peace Education programs to help people live with dignity, peace, and prosperity across the world.

 

SOURCE The Prem Rawat Foundation



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