BGR’s Project Policies

  1. BGR primarily supports projects that promote hunger relief and poverty alleviation through sustainable development. These include support for education, particularly of girls and women, and the development of better methods of food production and distribution. We concentrate on small-scale projects that promise to yield the most enduring and substantial returns in long-term poverty alleviation.
  2. BGR generally works through partnerships with respected and experienced organizations functioning on the ground in the countries and communities where the projects are implemented. The size of our organization and the need to adhere to our budget place limits on our ability to respond to large-scale catastrophes.
  3. We expect organizations seeking grants from BGR to apply in advance and submit the BGR application form, which will be carefully evaluated by the BGR Board of Directors once a year in the spring. BGR requests 990 forms (or equivalent) of potential partner organizations along with their applications.
  4. BGR requires regular reports from project partners on the implementation and achievements of the programs we sponsor.
  5. BGR does not discriminate with regard to religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender.
  6. BGR's guiding purpose is purely charitable, and thus we do not attempt to propagate Buddhism or to influence the religious beliefs of the beneficiaries.
  7. BGR does not provide financial aid for the construction or renovation of temples and monasteries or other kinds of religious sites and facilities, nor does it promote specifically religious activities.
  8. BGR will cooperate on relief projects with organizations representing other religions, on condition that the intention on both sides is purely philanthropic and no agenda of religious proselytizing is involved. We seek to work in harmony with those of all faiths to alleviate the plight of the poor.
  9. BGR does not support any program that raises animals for slaughter or that pays others to slaughter animals for its program. We do not insist, however, that all BGR-sponsored food programs distribute exclusively vegetarian foods, just as the Buddha himself did not require vegetarianism of his disciples.
  10. BGR does not fund governmental, political, or military organizations. We also do not help individuals or families on an individual basis.

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. »


Bangladesh

MARKETS FOR WOMEN
Uplift extremely poor indigenous households in five villages in one of the poorest regions. » 


Bangladesh

EDUCATING CHILDREN
Educate 1,250 children in the Chittagong Hill Tract, a poor region in Bangladesh affected by conflict. » 


Bangladesh

FOOD SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS
Provide food supplies for 54 orphans at The Orphan's Home in the rural Cittagong Hills region. » 


Bangladesh

EDUCATING ETHNIC MINORITIES
Provide food support for 106 ethnic Buddhist minority girls at Yashodara Girl's School in Cittagong Hill Tracts. » 


Cambodia

GIRLS ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Support life-transforming Girls Access To Education program ensuring that girls stay in school. » 


Cambodia

ESCAPE THE SEX TRADE
Provide non-formal education, vocational training, and life skills to sex workers and their children. » 


Cambodia

SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION
Expanding an ecologically sensitive method of agriculture that increases rice yields. » 


Cameroon

FOOD FOR POOR CHILDREN
Provide food support for children attending community primary school. » 


China

JOB TRAINING FOR WOMEN
Partner with Shambala Foundation to provide first job experience training to young women. » 


Cote d'Ivoire

ENHANCED FOOD PRODUCTION
Improve food production in the Meki-Ziway area of the Central Rift Valley. » 


Ethiopia

CROP INTENSIFICATION
Promote environmental friendly, economically feasible, and climate-smart agronomic practices among small-scale farmer. » 


Haiti

PROVIDE AFTERSCHOOL MEALS
Provide daily meals two or more daily meals for school children in Jacmel, Haiti. » 


Haiti

ENHANCED RICE PRODUCTION
Provide training in System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to benefit 425 famers in the Artibonite Valley. » 


Haiti

MEALS AND SCHOOLING
Support the establishment of a women's vocational training and community center in Nagpur. » 


Haiti & Jamaica

TREES THAT FEED PEOPLE
Distribute 400 breadfruit trees (200 for each country). Each tree can produce half a ton of fruit a year. » 


India

A YOUTH HOSTEL FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN
Educate girls from India's poorest regions and provide loans and business training. » 


India

FOOD SECURITY FOR WOMEN
Provide enhanced food security for women farmers in Uttarakhand, one of India's poorestt states. » 


Sri Lanka

EDUCATION FOR POOR GIRLS
Provide education and vocational training for girls from poor families who have not yet completed high school. » 


Vietnam

MEALS IN HOSPITALS
Provide thousands of free meals to hospital patients in remote villages off the Mekong Delta region. » 


Vietnam

SCHOLARSIHPS FOR POOR CHILDREN
Provide nearly 500 sttudents with scholarships to elementary and middle schools in Cam Duong and Tam Binh Districts. » 


Vietnam

SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION
Expand and improve the quality of Rice Intensification among village farmers in the Thai Nguyen province. » 


Detroit, MI

KEEP GROWING DETROIT
Support more than 1500 gardens to produce 150 tons of produce for low- income families. » 


New York, NY

FEEDING YOUTH STARVED FOR MEANING
Transform homeless impoverished youth to employed persons playing leadership roles in society. » 


New York, NY

URBAN COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT
Create sustainable food system for insecure communities while educating and employing at-risk youth. » 


Santa Clara County, CA

CULTIVATING ORGANIC GARDENS
Reduce food insecurity among low income residents by teaching organic gardening skills. »