Helping Hands Newsletter
Winter 2018

Volume 10, Number 4

BGR Walk Season on Concludes

By Kim Behan & Carla Prater

At the end of the 2018 Walk Season, we look back with great appreciation for all the efforts of the many volunteers and BGR staff who helped with these important fundraising and outreach events. Although this year the New York walk had to be cancelled due to a heavy storm with strong winds, we can celebrate a successful season with a total of 14 events.  READ MORE


Children: The Face of Hunger

By David Braughton

Look into the eyes of someone who is hungry and one out of five times it will be a child under age five staring back at you. The child will probably bear little resemblance to the graphic images found on the internet of a little wizened skull with sunken eyes sitting atop an emaciated body that more resembles a skeleton than a small living being grasping for life. What you will see is an otherwise ordinary kid who appears stunted (too short relative to age) and wasted (underweight relative to age). Or, you may see a child who is both too short and, at the same time, obese, another seemingly paradoxical symptom of chronic malnutrition.  READ MORE

Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Kenya

By Randy Rosenthal

Malnutrition is a major problem in Kenya, where nearly half of the population lives in poverty. That’s why Buddhist Global Relief has partnered with Helen Keller International on a three-year project to improve access, delivery, and utilization of essential nutrition-related services in Kenya. HKI is working with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and Action Against Hunger (AAH) to address Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and to combat poor nutrition outcomes in five Kenyan counties. BGR is supporting HKI’s ambitious effort to strengthen the health system and reduce maternal and child mortality in densely-populated Kakamega County, in western Kenya. The grant from BGR sustains HKI’s Kakamega program in its entirety.  READ MORE


BGR Provides Emergency Aid to Yemen and Rohingya Refugees

By Tom Spies

In the second week of December, the BGR Board voted unanimously to make emergency donations to the World Food Program USA to provide assistance to two communities facing severe food shortages. An emergency donation of $8,000 is helping the World Food Program provide aid to the people of Yemen; the other donation, of $4,000, is helping provide food assistance to the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar now living in Bangladesh.   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.