“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition Message Hits Home in Kashmir

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From February 8–13, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a showing of the exhibition “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps towards change” at Kala Kendra in Jammu City in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir.

The exhibition, created by SGI and Earth Charter International, was on display in both English and Hindi and was viewed by more than 8, 600 people including some 4,300 students from 56 schools and colleges.

The “Seeds of Hope” exhibition was opened by Jammu and Kashmir State First Lady Usha Vohra and Vice Chancellor of the University of Jammu Professor R.D. Sharma was the guest of honor. Referring to the fact that people in the state are still suffering in the aftermath of the devastating flooding of September 2014, guest speaker Dr. C.M. Seth said that the exhibition comes at an opportune time for communities to work together to build a more sustainable society. Dr. Seth is chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir State Committee of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Jammu and Kashmir State First Lady Usha Vohra (center) at the exhibitionJammu and Kashmir State First Lady Usha Vohra (center) at the exhibition

Taking up the exhibition’s slogan “It starts with one,” BSG members in Jammu spent several months preparing, planning and promoting the exhibition. Activities involved planning the opening ceremony, visiting schools to inform them about the exhibition, decorating the venue, staffing a “kid’s corner” and acting as exhibition guides.

[Adapted from a report from Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG); photos courtesy of BSG]

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