Why “Niagara” Foundation?
Where does the name Niagara come from? The founders of the Niagara Foundation envisioned an institution that could bring together people from all walks of life and celebrate diversity in a shared society. They looked for a symbol that can embody these values and convey their outlook perfectly, hence their decision on the “Niagara Falls”.
We believe that the Niagara Falls represents the mission of the Niagara Foundation in an ideal way for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the Niagara Falls is a beautiful natural landscape occurring at the convergence of three separate waterfalls where Lake Erie pours selflessly its beauty and essence into Lake Ontario. This glorious gift to humanity is in fact a most spectacular and remarkable demonstration of how wonderful can sharing, coming together, and embracing one another be. For us humans, the Niagara Falls is also a reminder of the intrinsic value in communicating and cooperating with our neighbors in order to celebrate and preserve our common heritage. Thus, one can properly discern in the Niagara Falls a lesson for humanity.
The Niagara Foundation employs, therefore, the Niagara Falls as a metaphor to underline the unambiguous importance of the cooperation and understanding among different people. In our appearance, we could be separated by ethnicity, religion, race and color, but we are the same in essence, in enjoying happiness and experiencing sorrow; we are all human beings. Our humanness comes before our gender, race, religion etc.
Equally important in the election of the Niagara Falls as a reference is the fact that the Niagara Foundation aims to accomplish its mission with the powerful freshness of peculiar to a waterfall. A waterfall, contrary to the sedentary lake, imparts itinerancy, activeness, persistence, and unyielding hard work that would, hopefully, result in harmony and beauty. The Niagara Foundation wishes to serve the people of the Mid-west and even the whole world, engaging the issues they face, as energetically and assiduously as the Niagara Falls itself.
Niagara Falls is representing this great mission by not only bringing diversity all over, but also with the powerful freshness which is hidden in her name. Water refers to purity. It symbolizes humility and simplicity. It also refers to universality as everyone needs it and nobody would object to it. Being a ‘falls’ requires activeness and hard work, as contrary to being a ‘lake’, which requires waiting and sitting still. Niagara Foundation would like to act like a ‘falls’, rather than sitting like a ‘lake’ in order to work for the people of Midwest, and beyond that for the American people and beyond that for the citizens of the World.