The Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH) received a $ 475,000 grant from Fort Bend County as part of the US bailout, which would go a long way toward completing the construction of the first museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation and promoting the work of Mahatma Gandhi. heritage and ideals.
The museum’s dedication ceremony took place on July 3 of this year, with Congressman Al Green as the main guest, along with a host of other dignitaries and members of the local Houston community also in attendance for the ‘event.
The museum is slated to open in 2023.
“The Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston is delighted and truly grateful to the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court for approving this grant,” said volunteer, administrator and co-founder Atul B Kothari.
The grant was announced at a press conference Wednesday night by Fort Bend County Judge of Indian descent KP George, as well as county commissioners.
Fort Bend County Indo-American Judge KP George provided unwavering support for EGMH activities from day one, when he was invited to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial service in February 2019 at the Unity This grant will go a long way in bringing the very first museum in the United States dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi to life, ”Kothari said.
EGMH acquired 3 acres of land in southwest Houston to house the museum. The proposed budget for construction is $ 6.5 million.
Campaign proceeds reached $ 2.9 million, and the board of directors committed an additional $ 1.1 million.
The trust also secured an additional $ 0.8 million in commitments from private donors.
Recently, the Houston Endowment Foundation also provided a capital grant of $ 500,000.
A concerted fundraising campaign is currently underway with foundations, businesses and private donors to raise the remaining amount.
To launch this project, EGMH’s Board of Trustees also engaged with a reputable museum consultant, with Smithsonian training.
The museum will also include exhibits and performances that highlight Mahatma Gandhi’s mission and vision.
Additional consultants engaged for this project include a museum design and construction company, an architect, and an education consultant.
“The museum will invite Houston and surrounding school children on a free excursion.
EGMH will be an interactive museum divided into three sections: “His Journey” (The Life of Mahatma Gandhi), “Our Journey” (Impact of Mahatma Gandhi’s Legacy of Non-violent Conflict Resolution in the World with, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and others around the world, and finally “My Journey” where every visitor will be invited to make a commitment to making the community a better place to live, ”said Kothari.