More on UPF in Nepal

The UPI reports on the current strikes and unrest in Nepal:

…Amid the increase of demonstrations which often turn violent, two major business groups from Nepal — Pepsi Co. and the Chaudhary Group — have joined hands with two key nonprofit NGOs — Project Healing Touch of India and the Universal Peace Federation of Nepal — to offer a solution to a people in despair.

This is not business as usual. A memorandum of understanding was signed within less than 24 hours from the exchange of business cards. The four-party alliance will create a nationwide movement to enable underprivileged sections of the population throughout Nepal to achieve economic self-sufficiency through a combination of micro-financing and in-kind product loans, coupled with basic business training and a grassroots support system.

The head of Nepal’s Pepsi bottler Varun Beverages said that he “saw the potential to back sporting events and sponsor recreational activities for the youth, and suggested targeting projects in all 75 districts of Nepal.” The report adds:

For its part, the Universal Peace Federation brings just that network to the table…

Inevitably, the UPI report also dwells on how impressed Nepal’s leadership is with Rev Moon; I blogged on this here.


2 Responses

  1. It is possible that some of Moon’s organizations that were set up mainly to make give Moon a positive public image will actually do some good in the world, as (at least at first blush) appears to be the case here. This will only become even more the case after Moon’s death, as the organization (like many another religious organization with altruistic purposes) have done in the past once freed up from the embarrassing presence of their hypocritical founder. With Moon’s dead hand removed from the helm of the organization and his insistence on his own self-importance fading into the background, these idealistic organizations can actually begin to achieve something useful.

  2. […] God” in Nepal Posted on March 14, 2008 by Richard Bartholomew A couple of weeks ago I noted a UPI report which described how two major business groups from Nepal — Pepsi Co. and the […]

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