The Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH), formerly known as Mahatma Gandhi Library, was established as a 501(c)(3) non‐profit in 2002. It has been advancing peace, education and understanding of nonviolent conflict resolution by the following:
Raising cultural awareness by sponsoring interactive, international cultural programs
Conducting youth activities including essay, speech, poster, multi‐media, and debate contests.
Coordinating field trips and storytelling, to advance understanding of the revolutionary work of Mahatma Gandhi
Organizing lectures, traveling exhibitions, & targeted educational activities that highlight Gandhian principles of nonviolence, truth & peace
Holding active workshops that provide enlightenment and education on the wisdom of Gandhi
EGMH executes these activities annually with the support of dedicated volunteers and by partnering with peer cultural and educational organizations.
Highlights of the Organization’s significant achievements are:
- Since 2006, EGMH has organized an annual Walk for Peace and “1000 Lights for Peace” cultural events at Miller Outdoor Theater, honoring and celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Over the years thousands of people in the Houston community have participated and are impacted by these annual events. EGMH has collaborated with more than 70 Houston‐area organizations to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Week ‐ which consists of conducting a series of activities including essay, speech, poster, multi‐media and debate contests, field trips, storytelling, and other activities with the simple aim of involving youth so they may learn and understand the revolutionary work of Mahatma Gandhi.
- In 2018 and 2019, EGMH’s “Gandhi Darshan” (Glimpses of Gandhi), exhibition was displayed at the University of Texas, Sam Houston State University, Houston Public Library downtown, Harris and Fort Bend County public libraries, Methodist West Hospital, and other locations in Greater Houston area as part of yearlong Gandhi Sesquicentennial celebrations.
- In 2019, received written support from Honorable Dalai Lama, endorsing the building of Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH) and Hon. Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, issued a press release supporting the opening of the museum.
- EGMH has received a $2,000/year grant from Indo‐American Charity Foundation since 2017.
- $10,000 grant was awarded by the City of Houston Arts Alliance for the yearlong city‐wide Gandhi Sesquicentennial celebrations held in 2018‐2019.
- EGMH has awarded over $8,000 in prizes to annual Mahatma Gandhi Week contest winners.
- In May of 2017, acquired a 3-acre parcel of land for the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, fully paid by funds raised ($1.1 million) by our Board of Directors. The Houston Endowment Foundation and The Aditya Birla Group awarded a capital grant of $500,000 each and The Elkins Foundation $ 100,000. A $3 million Community Project Funding request sponsored by Congressman Al Green was granted by the US House Appropriations committee and is awaiting final approval by the House and the Senate.