Emergency Aid Needed Now
Super-Typhoon Devastates the Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan has caused massive loss of life and destruction in the Philippine Islands. The typhoon – described as perhaps the largest tropical storm ever to hit land in recorded history – has left nearly half a million people in the Philippines homeless and without basic necessities. BGR has already made a donation of $10,000, drawn from our emergency fund and divided evenly between the World Food Program and Doctors Without Borders. The extent of the damage is colossal and the scale of help needed is immense. Those children and families need your help. Please consider making a donation to:
- The United Nations World Food Programme – the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.
- Oxfam International is accepting donations for emergency relief.
- Doctors Without Borders has sent emergency teams bringing lifesaving medical care to the areas affected by the typhoon.
- You can also make a $10 donation to UNICEF USA by texting “RELIEF” to 864233
A Buddhist teaching from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition is to think of all beings as our mothers. Recognizing that all of these suffering beings have been our mothers and in every other close relationship with us since beginningless time, we urge you to help as generously as possible.
United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization
World Food Day
Buddhist Global Relief is pleased to join the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Oxfam America and other organizations around the world in celebrating World Food Day on October 16, a global event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-round action to alleviate hunger.
World Food Day is observed each October 16th in recognition of the founding of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. Since its founding, the U.N.’s FAO has led international efforts to defeat hunger, working throughout the world wherever its skills have been needed. Since the first World Food Day in 1981, the citizens of the world have joined forces with FAO on October 16th to make their own impact on world hunger in a myriad of creative ways. In the United States, World Food Day is sponsored by 450 national, private voluntary organizations. MORE>
Translation Award for Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Our chairman and founder, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, received a special honor in late April when he was informed that his translation of the Anguttara Nikaya, The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha, was chosen to receive the 2013 Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Translation Work. The prize was established by the well-known Bhutanese lama, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, founder and chairman of the Khyentse Foundation. The purpose of the prize is to “encouraging and honoring excellence in translation works that make the Buddhist heritage accessible to a broader public.” The Khyentse Foundation board set up the prize in 2011 and Ven. Bodhi’s translation was the second work to receive it. The prize’s selection committee is made of five Buddhist scholars: Naomi Appleton, Sarah McClintock, Tom Tillemans, Paul Harrison, and Peter Skilling. Peter Skilling is also the chair of the committee. MORE>
BGR Project Update
From Karaoke Girl to Brilliant Businesswoman
By Jennifer Russ – You know what they say: give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a Cambodian woman to sew and she’ll employ her whole village. In Cambodia, where the educational system is still rebounding from the brutal anti-intellectual regime of the Khmer Rouge, Khorn Vanna is one of the 45% of the country’s women who never received an education. Like many single women in Phnom Penh, Vanna, a 30-year-old single mother, turned to the red light district for employment. It was while working at a karaoke bar in 2011 that she sought an education at Lotus Outreach’s Non-Formal Education (NFE) program, one of BGR’s best appreciated projects in Cambodia.
Since 2005, the NFE program has offered women job and life skills training in the red light district of Phnom Penh. Over the course of a year, students learn a set of marketable skills such as cooking and sewing that can help them find safer, more dignified jobs. In addition, they learn practical skills like literacy, mathematics, conflict resolution, nutrition, financial management, and HIV awareness and protection.
Vanna enrolled in basic courses at NFE and immediately shot to the top of the class. She also enrolled in sewing and tailoring classes. “When I started NFE,” she says, “I couldn’t sew a straight line.” MORE>