LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On October 22, Prem Rawat was the keynote speaker at the Water and Food Award (WAF) celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Prem Rawat Foundation, the charity organization he founded in 2001, is a partner with WAF, an NGO that promotes global best practices in water and food security initiatives.
The event in Malaysia featured a sustainability forum and award ceremony that honored the groundbreaking work of humanitarian organizations from across the world. In his remarks, Rawat emphasized that there is hope for a better future despite ongoing wars and environmental destruction. While poor human choices have had devastating consequences, people also have the power to make conscious choices that can transform lives for the good, he stressed.
"Wars are a symptom of unconsciousness — a symptom of societies all over the world choosing to invest in weapons that can destroy us rather than investing in solutions that can save us," he said. "Being aware and conscious about what you are doing in this world is very important. Are the problems so big that they can't be solved? Absolutely not, because every human being has the capacity to understand and change. We all have to make a difference."
Financial greed needs to be "replaced with a better greed: a greed for peace, a greed for fulfillment, a greed for prosperity," he added. "Our power isn't machine guns. Our power is compassion. When we recognize that, then it won't take much to change the world."
WAF host and education innovator Paul Vincent Cable praised the TPRF Food for People program, which provides food aid to thousands of impoverished children in Ghana, India and Nepal. "It is impossible to overestimate the impact of giving one square meal a day to children," said Cable. "For some of those at least, it's the difference between life and death."
WAF honored three NGOs with the Best Practices Award. ENPHO received the award for its work to bring water filters to rural Nepalese; Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods received one for working to prevent human waste from contaminating water in Haiti; Turenscape received one for rehabilitating the Shuicheng River in China.
Announcing the winners and thanking them for their efforts, Rawat said a goal of the awards is to grow support for humanitarian projects "so that more and more people will make the little changes that together make a big difference." He added: "When you help another human being for 10 minutes, you feel good for 10 days."
Other leaders participating in the WAF event included Zainal Abdin, a singer and Malaysian Ambassador for the Ministry of Culture Arts & Heritage, South African Princess Zama-Zulu Shange, East Timor First Lady Isabel da Costa Ferreira and many more.
Watch a video of the 2015 WAF Award Ceremony here.
SOURCE The Prem Rawat Foundation