May 26, 2020
“iMeditateAfrica” continues with specific focus on COVID times.
“Meditation has the ability to connect us all beyond the boundaries of caste, creed & nationality.”
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri has launched several initiatives to address mental health issues in Africa. Continuing the series of Africa Day (May 25th) and Africa Month (May 2020); Sri Sri engages in an annual continent-wide campaign called iMeditateAfrica (IMA).
3,101,558 people meditate for peace during Africa Month through the iMeditate Africa campaign!
May this sense of peace & unity carry our continent forward. Thank you!#imeditateafrica #worldmeditates #srisriravishankar #meditate #peaceforafrica #africanunity pic.twitter.com/B1uhnvF1tp
— IAHV South Africa (@iahv_sa) May 26, 2020
A Lancet Global Health report says: Mental health problems appear to be increasing in importance in Africa.
Between 2000 and 2015 the continent’s population grew by 49%, yet the number of years lost to disability as a result of mental and substance use disorders increased by 52%.
In 2015, 17·9 million years were lost to disability as a consequence of mental health problems.
As a part of the 'I Meditate Africa' series, engaged with Africa's leadership @PaddyUpton1 @kuminaidoo @adrianamarais @AdHabb @KPMG_SA @julienambi David Norris, S Karim & Manhar Mooney. Discussed about the role of meditation in driving innovation in Education, Health & Commerce. pic.twitter.com/AHGN7Lb5kZ
— Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) May 21, 2020
Meditation has the ability to connect us all beyond the boundries of caste, creed & nationality.
Had a discussion with African leaders Hon. Mrs. Leela Devi, Prof. Fred, Mary Khaemba, @PearlThusi @skaheru @ArtscapeTheatre & @RudoChitiga on 'Africa Unites’. #WorldMeditates
— Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) May 23, 2020
Through a series of 3 online conversations, Sri Sri connected with several political and other leaders from different industries.
- Hon. Leela Devi Dookun
Vice PM, Minister of Education, Science and Technology
- Amb. Rudo M. Chitiga
Senior diplomat and development expert
- Marlene Le-Roux
Co-founder, Women’s achievement network for disability
- Pearl Thusi
Actress, model, TV and radio personality
- Mary Khaemba
Director, Rehabilitation and welfare, Kenya Prisons
- Manhar Mooney
Businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Ignatius Sehoole
CEO, KPMG, South Africa
- Juliet Namuddu Nambi
Directorate, Education and social services
- Simon Kaheru
Former director and chairperson, Uganda Broadcasting Corp.
- Prof. Fred McBagonluri
President and provost, Academic City College
- Prof. Salim Abdool Karim
Chair: Ministerial advisory committee on COVID-19
- Prof. Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of the Witwatersrand
- Dr. Adriana Marais
Physicist and founder of Proudly Human
- Prof. David Norris
Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana
- Paddy Upton
Head coach, T20 cricket. Professor, Deakin University
- Kumi Naidoo
African human rights and environmental activist
We are really touched at what we do at a spiritual level, artist are your best partners, particularly at the level they keep all of us safe and they ensure our souls as a nation are kept intact.
~ Nathi Mthethwa, Honorable Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture
Every action begins with a seed. That is intention. We have sown the seed for a prosperous and peaceful Africa. We now have to nurture this by our actions.
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar