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Back to listDec 19, 2011

"Seeds of Hope" Travels to Canada and Nepal

SGI-Canada member performing Indian danceEnakshi Sinha performing at the University of Windsor showing

In the month of November, the SGI and Earth Charter International exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" (SOH) was shown in Canada and in Nepal.

On November 18, "Seeds of Hope" opened at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Prior to the official opening, Enakshi Sinha, a young woman from SGI-Canada, performed a traditional Indian dance.

The opening was attended by Dr. Alan Wildeman, president of the University of Windsor, Mrs. Key Johnson, director of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility, and Mr. Andre Capaldi, president of the University of Windsor Student Alliance, among other guests.

During the exhibition, students filled out pledge forms expressing their desire to participate more in environmental programs and to promote education for sustainability.

SGI member Iole Iadipaolo, who helped organize the exhibition, spoke on behalf of SGI-Canada and expressed her appreciation to the university and to all who attended.

From November 18-27, "Seeds of Hope" was shown at the SGI-Nepal Peace Centre in Kathmandu. Artist and social worker Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha inaugurated the exhibition in a lamp lighting ceremony. A welcome song was then sung by the young men of SGI-Nepal.

Mr. Ramesh Man Tuladhar, president of the Nepal Earth Charter Society, expressed his hope for the exhibition to be shown throughout Nepal, particularly in schools.

Advisor to SGI-Nepal, Dr. Akash Ouchi, stressed that sustainable development is a necessity for today's world and that peace and public awareness are the fundamental foundations for sustainability.

Lastly, SGI-Nepal General Director Sahana Shrestha conveyed her hope for "Seeds of Hope" to communicate the Buddhist concept of the oneness of life and the environment.

She also introduced SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's key message that change in a single individual can bring about change in the destiny of the family, society, country and all of humankind.

The "Seeds of Hope" exhibition was also shown at the British Council in New Delhi, India, from December 17-19.

[Adapted from an article from the November 2011 issue of SGI Canada Online News and a report from SGI-Nepal and Bharat Soka Gakkai; photo courtesy SGI-Canada]