Helping Hands Newsletter
Winter 2017

Volume 9, Number 4

The Moral Challenge of Our Time

By Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

At this time when the world’s population has been fused into a single global community, the most formidable moral challenge we face is to create a world that works for everyone. We must give shape to a world in which war has finally been abolished; in which peoples of different ethnicities, faiths, genders, and sexual orientations can live in harmony; in which poverty has been replaced by shared prosperity; in which all can enjoy the basic material supports of a healthy life, including adequate food, clothing, housing, and medical care; and in which harnessing the energy we need does not inflict gaping wounds on the planet’s delicate ecosystem. In the U.S. especially, we must reverse our current drift toward concentrations of power and wealth and replace policies and official decrees that foment hatred with those that can nurture an inclusive democracy that unites everyone under the banner of justice and liberty. READ MORE

Art Creation Foundation for Children

By Tricia Brick

The Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) is an arts education nonprofit serving children in need and their families in Jacmel, Haiti. Colorful mosaics created by teenagers in the foundation’s young adult programs brighten walls all over this historic city. In addition to offering arts instruction, financial and leadership education, and community-building, the ACFFC provides its students with basic necessities, including desperately needed daily meals. A 2016 Buddhist Global Relief grant supported the ACFFC’s feeding program, which provides hot, substantial meals, six days a week, to 60 children in need. READ MORE

My Visit to the GBIACK Center in Kenya

By Daniel Blake

“Poverty starts with the stomach.” These words, spoken to me by Samuel Ndiritu, the co-founder and director of Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya (GBIACK), encapsulate the truth of BGR’s core mission. This past November, I was fortunate enough to make a remarkable visit to GBIACK, where I was hosted for an afternoon by Samuel and his wife and GBIACK co-founder, Peris Ndiritu. Their work is quietly transforming local agricultural practices in Kenya and beyond, one farmer and one acre at a time. READ MORE

BGR and the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD)

By Tom Spies

I recently represented BGR at the annual meeting of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) held on November 12-15, 2017, at Wilton Park, UK. PaRD was established in February 2016 and brings together governmental and intergovernmental entities with civil society organizations such as religious and value-driven organizations to harness the positive impact of religion and values in sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. BGR applied for and became a Partner in PaRD in late 2016 as a means of gaining exposure and because of the tangential mission of the organization.  READ MORE

Walk Season Has Ended

By Kim Behan

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. 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
USA

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. »