Concert to Feed the Hungry

By Dan Blake

Slavic Soul Party

On April 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., the Concert To Feed The Hungry will usher in Buddhist Global Relief’s tenth anniversary celebration with an evening of music and dance from around the world. The event will take place at Saint Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery (located at 131 East 10th Street in Manhattan), a legendary institution that has played a major role over the years in cultivating the intersection of arts, social justice, and spiritual practice. 

For the seventh year, the concert will feature an exciting lineup of artists representing the diversity and unity of purpose behind BGR’s mission. Award-winning vocalists Kavita Shah and Camila Meza will give intimate performances of their original compositions and well-known standards. The St. Mark’s Choir will present its unique blend of gospel and roots music. The concert will also feature rare performances of folkloric “Candombe” drumming from Uruguay as well as sacred mask dances of Bhutan.

To celebrate our ten years of service on behalf of poor communities around the world, BGR is holding a spring fundraising drive that will culminate with the April 29 concert event. Individuals are encouraged to visit the fundraising site  where they can (a) make a one-time contribution to BGR, (b) reserve a seat at the concert, and (c) fundraise on behalf of BGR by creating a unique individual or group page to reach out to friends, family, sangha members, and coworkers.  

Dan Blake — Dave Liebman
Dmitry Ishenko — Jeff Williams

Reflecting on this tenth anniversary milestone awakens in me a desire for BGR’s longevity to endure for many years to come. I wish that this longevity can continue to provide a modicum of hope and respite to the over 200,000 individuals that are positively impacted by BGR’s partnerships around the world. I also hope that the concert can continue providing a platform for BGR to trumpet its message of compassionate action to the widest possible audience. Vocalist Jean Rohe (and a 2016 CFH performer) put it quite well in stating, “We want bread, but we also want roses. We are fighting to feed our families, but also for the human right to feed our souls.” In providing an evening of “food” for our souls, the Concert to Feed the Hungry is an effort to widen BGR’s community. The concert is also an expression of BGR’s goal to awaken in us a compassionate desire to hear the voices of those who have been rendered voiceless due to extreme poverty and its most terrible consequences: hunger and malnutrition. 

Dan Blake, a jazz musician and BGR board member, has produced the Concert to Feed the Hungry since its inception in 2011. 

 

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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. »