Walk Season Has Ended

By Kim Behan

 
Willington, Connecticut

Now that the BGR 2017 Walk Season has come to an end, we want to thank all those who helped us as we put on the Walks to Feed the Hungry, which serve such a critical function in our fundraising and outreach effort. 

Fundraising Walks were held in 13 cities and our Walk Coordinators this year are: Maureen Bodenbach (Milford MI), Casey Chainee (San Jose CA), Khenmo Drolma (Portland ME), Geoff Hunt (Surrey UK), Leonora Kham (St. Louis MO), Christopher Konczyk (Portland OR), Queenie Lee (Philadelphia PA), Carla Prater (Seattle WA), Sharon Sasaki (San Diego CA), Corina Stoicescu (San Francisco CA), Jessica Stoner (Houston TX), Sylvie Sun, Wing Tse and Regina Valdez (New York NY), and Alison Zhou (Willington CT). In addition, a Solidarity Walk was held in Nagpur India, coordinated by Ayya Yeshe of our partner organization Bodhicitta Foundation.

In addition to the Walk Coordinators and their local teams, many team members worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the 2017 Walk season a success. Special thanks go to the:

IT team (George Clapp, Mary Helen Fein, Johnny and Sandy Wong, Eugene Lubarsky and Janaka Wickramasinghe) which helped get our BGR website, FirstGiving and Hopsie pages up and running, in addition to maintaining the Contact and Donations database. 

Communications team with our talented writers Jen Russ, Tricia Brick and Carla Prater who provided content for our communications, and Val Clark, the graphic designer behind the "look" of our fundraising pages and appeal, with contributions from Eduardo Barrios.

Social Media team (David Liu and Victoria Schmitt) provided Facebook updates for the walks, while Jessie Benjamin and Mark Adorney assisted in getting the reports and photos in Dropbox and Flickr for future reference.

Finances team (Tom Spies, David Braughton, Johnny and Sandy Wong, Kathleen Minder and Connie Zhai), who maintained the financial records and provided donations acknowledgement.

Organizational team (Sherry Horowitz keeps our Board minutes, and Deena Scherer organizes our annual meeting).

Staff team (Tom Spies, Kim Behan and Carla Prater) whose support was central to organizing the work and keeping all the moving parts focused toward the goal. 

BGR Board and the Fundraising (Sylvie Sun), Projects (Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi, Patti Price, David Braughton, Chot Elliott, and Kim Behan), and Volunteers (Michael Roehm) Committees for their contributions.

We are also deeply grateful to Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi for his presence at the Willington, New York, and Houston Walks this year, and for his precious and indefatigable teaching and guidance on the path of Dhamma and service.

Finally, we offer special thanks to all the walkers, donors, volunteers and supporters at the individual walks.

With best wishes for a happy holiday season for all of you!

Kim Behan is Director of Programs at Buddhist Global Relief

San Francisco
Portland, Maine
Nagpur, India
Michigan
Houston

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. This is a selection of our newest projects. To see all our projects, please click here.


Bangladesh NEW

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR MARRIED ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Help fund vocational training for 200 married adolescent girls so they can pursue alternative opportunities and shape their own futures. »


Brazil  NEW

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AMONG GUARANI WOMEN
Support women from the indigenous Guarani Mbya community in promoting and applying traditional agricultural practices in five villages in São Paulo. »


Cambodia NEW

MONITORING THE WELFARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN PRISON
Provide food and hygiene materials for women and infants living in 18 Cambodian prisons, plagued by squalid conditions. »


Cameroon   NEW

EDUCATION OF ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN - COMPUTER LITERACY
Provide 120 children in need with school furniture, literacy materials, and computers. » »


Haiti

FOOD PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Provide two meals a day, five days a week, to approximately 100 children and 40 adults. » 


India   NEW

EDUCATION AND FOOD AID FOR CHILDREN IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Help in providing three healthy meals a day, seven days a week, to 240 students. » 


Malawi and Kenya

TRAINING FARMERS IN CLIMATE RESISTANT AGRICULTURE METHODS
Training in biointensive climate-resilient farming to increase food production for 450 farmers, of whom 300 are women. » 


Peru   NEW

HELPING GIRLS IMPROVE THEIR NUTRITION, WELL-BEING, AND SCHOOLING
Improve the physical and emotional well-being of 30 young women by funding school supplies and providing workshops on the importance of education, hygiene, and a healthy diet. »


Sri Lanka  NEW

LIVELIHOOD TRAINING FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
Provide vocational training and work opportunities for 60 disabled people in the Anuradhabura district. » 



Sudan

INCREASING HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY IN SOUTH DARFUR
Provide agricultural training and supplies to an estimated 3,000 individuals, increasing food production by 30 percent. »

 

Uganda NEW

PEACE SCHOOL
Provide assistance to 12 students to attend school. »

U.S. Easton, Pennsylvania

EASTON URBAN FARM
Provide 6,000 pounds of locally grown produce to 800 low-income residents, 600 of them women. Build community through programs including free monthly workshops on urban farming topics. »