H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’ is the President and Spirtual head of Parmath Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, one of India’s largest and most renowned spiritual institutions, and founder/chairman of India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF).
Water, sanitation and hygiene are among Pujya Swamiji’s social initiatives, cofounding the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) at the UNICEF headquarters at the United Nations. The goal of GIWA is to harness the great power and influence of the world’s interfaith leaders of faith in effecting significant and positive change in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Since then Pujya Swamiji has touched and inspired everyone from eminent personalities such as Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla to organizations such as United Religions Initiative (URI), Global Organization for Persons of Indian Origins (GOPIO) to FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).
Swamini Lakshmi Saraswati is a disciple of H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’s and Director of Programmes, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and Ganga Action Parivar,
The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, www.washalliance.org
The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance represents a historic partnership of the world’s faiths alongside civil society, private and governmental sectors in order to provide improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the places that need it the most.
GIWA was launched at UNICEF Headquarters with the understanding that the world’s faiths can play a pivotal role in enabling the survival and improved health of children and adults in the developing world. It does so through the development of networks and partnerships that enable faith leaders to motivate and educate their congregations towards healthier lives. Working alongside faith leaders and other partners, GIWA also serves to provide improved sanitation and health though the provision of eco-friendly toilets and safe water systems.
About Ganga Action Parivar, www.gangaaction.org
Ganga Action Parivar brings together networks and partnerships of the world’s preeminent researchers, environmentalists, engineers, religious and business leaders, as well as members of the general public. Together, we work towards creating thoughtful solutions to the numerous problems plaguing the Ganga and its tributaries.