WAFA Welcomes Our Patrons!
“Their commitment strengthens us on our journey to abundant water, clean air and food for everyone”.
Tina Lindgreen, Founder & General Secretary
HRH Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan
HRH Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan, founded the Royal Botanic Garden in Tell Ar-Rumman, Jordan in 2005. HRH was honoured as one of the “Heroes for the Planet” by Time Magazine in 1998, the first Arab woman to be featured.
Also, in 2002, she was elected as a laureate of the Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement (UNEP).
In 2011, she was awarded the Henry Shaw Medal from the Missouri Botanical Garden.
She serves on numerous committees and organizations to promote sustainable development and environmental conservation.
Visit the Royal Botanical Garden
The Prem Rawat Foundation was established in 2001, which helps to make his message of peace widely available through forums with public leaders and its new Peace Education Program – taking an innovative approach to helping people in communities caught in a downward cycle of poverty.
TPRF has developed Food for People (FFP), a model program that provides hot, nutritious meals in the local cuisine to children and ailing adults. Since 2001, the foundation has provided over 158 grants to aid people in 40 countries across five continents.
Professor Virginia C. Li, PhD, MPH
Professor Li is currently research professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is also visiting professor at the Kunming Medical University, and honorary professor of Guangdong Medical University. Professor Li’s service stretches over 40 years. In China, among other accomplishments, she’s pioneered research in reproductive and family health that led to the development of model programs. Her research encouraged the State Family Commission to attend to quality of care in service delivery.
Most recently, she has helped initiate a successful tobacco crop substitution project, and the use of biogas fuel for village schools. In the USA, she’s led studies on training physicians to counsel patients to quit smoking; her initiatives were included in the Health Objectives for the Nation. Professor Li has also served in senior administrative and consultative roles in China, the USA and other countries. The World Health Organization has used her methodology to reassess its approach in development of global indicators.
At the 2014 Award Event in Central Hall, Westminster, Prem Rawat said:
“All our efforts, whether they are sustainability, to feed the hungry, to bring clean water – in our own little way, we want to create a little heaven right here on earth. And who will ever blame us for thinking so wildly? Because it is a wild vision to want to create a little heaven for us and our fellow beings, and to leave a legacy of that heaven for the generations yet to come, so they keep on living the dream of creating the little heaven in their time, for their time ahead”.