Our projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. >

Rwanda and Malawi
India

 



Join us for a day of compassionate action, practice and friendship, providing basic needs for life.


You can choose to participate by just joining us for the walk, or you can participate by walking and fundraising on your own or with your team.

To register for a walk, click here.

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If there is not an event listed near you, please consider starting one in your hometown to support our projects. You can also hold a “Day of Mindfulness” at your local meditation center to raise funds and share knowledge about the work of Buddhist Global Relief. If you are interested, please contact us by email: info@buddhistglobalrelief.org, or call 888-852-7579.


Thank you for your support!!!

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It's Cool to Go Back to School in Rural China
China, Qinghai Province

School in ChinaDo the words “back to school” conjure images of young children standing at bus stops, their hands on the straps of neon backpacks and polyester pouches full of pencils and erasers? Or perhaps you think of the colorful newspaper inserts sprouting like flowers from the center of the Sunday edition of your local paper, reminding you that department stores will soon be flooded with families clutching fistfuls of coupons.

 

 


School in ChinaThe words “back to school” might fill a nine-year-old with dread as she realizes her sun-drenched days by the pool will soon be exchanged for flickering fluorescent lights and a cold, graphite-smeared desktop.


This dread is foreign to five-year-old Yangling Lhamo of China’s Qinghai Province. When a social worker from Shambala visited her home to provide her with back-to-school supplies funded by a BGR grant, Lhamo couldn’t contain her excitement. She picked up a flat rock to use as a chalkboard and played teacher to the social worker, demonstrating the Tibetan letters she’d learned at school.  READ MORE>>

Climate Change is a Moral Issue
A Buddhist Reflection on the Pope's Climate Encyclical,
Laudato si'

by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Pope FrancisOn June 18, Pope Francis issued an encyclical letter, Laudato si’ (Praised Be), “On Care for our Common Home,” pointing to climate change as the overriding moral issue of our time. The encyclical boldly proclaims that humanity’s capacity to alter the climate charges us with the gravest moral responsibility we have ever had to bear. Climate change affects everyone. The disruptions to the biosphere occurring today bind all peoples everywhere into a single human family, our fates inseparably intertwined. No one can escape the impact, no matter how remotely they may live from the bustling centers of industry and commerce. The responsibility for preserving the planet falls on everyone.

The future of human life on earth hangs in a delicate balance, and the window for effective action is rapidly closing. Tipping points and feedback loops threaten us as ominously as nuclear warheads. What heightens the danger is our proclivity to apathy and denial. For this reason, we must begin tackling the crisis with an act of truth, by acknowledging that climate change is real and stems from human activity. On this, the science is clear, the consensus among climate scientists almost universal. The time for denial, skepticism, and delay is over.  READ MORE ON OUR BLOG>>

 

Educating Children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Bangladesh

School ClassroomMoanoghar was founded in 1974 by a group of Buddhist monks and lay persons to provide shelter to children of the Chittagong Hill Tracts affected by conflict or living in remote areas. Moanoghar provides formal education, vocational training, health services and support for the overall socio-economic development of its students in the area and of the wider community. Currently more than 1,250 children study at Moanoghar, half of them residential. Some 40% of the students are girls. Many of the children were left homeless or orphaned as the result of a decades-long ethnic conflict. All children at Moanoghar receive free or highly subsidized education.

Computer ClassBGR is currently sponsoring a three-year project to establish a sustainable educational system that can generate income to maintain the institution and support the children being schooled there. The project is now in its second year, during which the aims are: (1) to establish sustainable income to support the institution and the students; and (2) to add nutrition for students with crops like papaya and bananas. To meet these goals, BGR sponsorship allows the creation of a bamboo plantation on five additional acres of land (beyond the three acres that BGR supported last year); the planting of various fruit crops; and the hiring of an additional gardener to maintain the gardens.

Enhanced Homestead Food Production

Côte d'Ivoire

 

Beneficiary with BabyLast year, BGR entered into a partnership with Helen Keller International on a three-year expansion of its innovative Enhanced Homestead Food Production program in Côte d’Ivoire’s Bouaké District (Gbèkè Region), an especially poor district where families struggle with food security and lack access to food markets. Teams teach the Enhanced Homestead Food Production model to community gardening groups comprised mostly of women. The project is designed to increase the availability and quantity of micronutrient-rich vegetables.A key component of the program is growing orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, a food rich in micronutrients, especially vitamin A, essential to preventing blindness. The project improves Leavesgardening practices, irrigation systems, and income generation. It also provides instruction in nutrition and hygiene to young mothers. Women farmers learn marketing strategies for selling their crops. Successful small-scale irrigation systems will be applied not only to programs in Côte d’Ivoire but throughout the region, especially to areas vulnerable to climate change.

Enhanced Food Security for Women Farmers

India

 

Beneficiary with BabyThis is the third year of a three-year partnership with Oxfam India on a project being implemented in 13 villages in the Tehri Gharwal district of the Uttarakhand region. The project is designed to benefit over 6500 people in 1200 households of small and marginal farmers. Its focus is on enhancing food security for women farmers by building a sustainable production system that can prove resilient in the face of a changing climate. The project strengthens integrated farming systems; increases the use of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI); and teaches non-pesticidal suble agriculture.


LeavesDuring this third year of the program a farmer’s field schostainaol is being formed; village-level resource persons are being trained to enhance their capacities; further training is being given in low-input sustainable agriculture and forest, water, and soil conservation; and links are being created with the government to spread new information.

News: BGR and Amazon Smile Program

Buddhist Global Relief is now participating in the Smile program on Amazon.com! By going to the AmazonSmile website the shopper will find exactly the same products and prices as on the regular Amazon website, but 0.5% of each purchase will be donated to the charity of their choice. When you login to shop at the Smile site, you will be prompted to select a charity from a preset list, or search for another charity… MORE>