Helping Hands Newsletter
Summer 2018

Volume 10, Number 2


Working Together to Overcome Suffering

By Kathy Spahn

Kathy Spahn

On the afternoon of April 29, Buddhist Global Relief celebrated its tenth anniversary at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery on East 10th Street in Manhattan. The guest speaker for the occasion was Kathy Spahn, president and chief executive officer of Helen Keller International, which has been a BGR partner since 2009. Here follows a slightly abridged version of the text of her talk.

I’m really touched to have been invited here today to celebrate your ten-year anniversary with you. Helen Keller International has partnered with Buddhist Global Relief for about nine of those ten years, and together we have saved many lives, and made a profound difference in the world.  READ MORE



Promoting the System of Rice Intensification in Haiti

By Tricia Brick

  Rice Intensification
Rice Intensification

Throughout Haiti’s history, the rich soil and extensive irrigation systems of the Artibonite Valley enabled the region to supply most of the nation’s rice—a nutritional staple here. Yet while the region today is home to some 130,000 rice farmers, agriculture no longer sustains even those who live here. Such obstacles as climate-related and human-caused environmental degradation, limited access to credit, cheap imports of subsidized crops from the U.S., and a history of nonsustainable agricultural practices, have impeded the Artibonite region’s productivity, at grave human cost: 94 percent of the valley’s population are affected by hunger, according to Oxfam America’s 2014 estimates, and 43 percent experience significant food insecurity. Nearly a quarter of Haitians suffer from chronic malnutrition.  READ MORE

Girls' Education as a Key to Combating Climate Change

By Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown describes itself as “the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.” The Project brought together a group of top researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model “the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change.” The resulting plan provides “a path forward that can roll back global warming within thirty years.” The solutions to reversing climate change, the website says, “are in place and in action.” The purpose of the Project is “to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible.” READ MORE



BGR Projects for 2018-2019

by Kim Behan

  BGR Board of Directors
BGR Board & Staff

On April 28, the BGR board and staff met to decide on the projects that BGR will sponsor for the next fiscal year 2018–2019. While many of the projects approved are continuations or renewals of projects already in effect, several new projects were introduced. These include the following.  READ MORE

The Seventh Annual Concert to Feed the Hungry

by BGR Staff

Concert to Feed the Hungry

On April 29th, 2018, BGR’s seventh Concert to Feed The Hungry took place, immediately following the tenth anniversary celebration. The concert, held at the St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, was produced by BGR board member Daniel Blake and featured an exciting, diverse lineup of musicians. READ MORE

How You Can Help

Interested in volunteering for BGR? By joining our team you will meet others who share your values and are working to put compassion into action and help create a better world. Some volunteers need to be located in a particular place, but most can work from home, wherever that may be. Please check the list of Volunteer Opportunities on our website and contact our volunteer coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. As always, donations to BGR are welcome. You can donate by PayPal or credit card on the BGR website or by check mailed to:

Buddhist Global Relief
2020 Route 301
Carmel, NY  10512



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 nine of our current 29 projects. Please select "Current Projects" from the menu on the left to see them all.