Helping Hands Newsletter
Spring 2018

Volume 10, Number 1

BGR Approaches its Tenth Anniversary

By Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of Buddhist Global Relief. Over the course of these ten years, BGR has grown from a nebulous dream in the minds of a small group of idealistic American Buddhists into a solid, stable, well-governed organization that has been quietly but effectively uplifting the lives of thousands of people around the world, rescuing them from the dim fate of chronic poverty, hunger, and despair. The support we provide, taking the form of food aid, education, training, and encouragement helps people to help themselves. It empowers them to overcome adversity and begin to carve out lives of hope and purpose for themselves, their families, and their communities. 
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Women: A Catalyst for Change in Cambodia

By Jennifer Russ

In Cambodia, life for women is especially difficult. Many young women fail to complete even a primary education, and the resulting lack of financial security leads them to marry young, work for their husbands or fathers, or travel abroad to do dangerous work in Thailand, where they are vulnerable to human traffickers.

In 2004, Buddhist Global Relief partner Lotus Outreach joined forces with the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center to help girls avoid this fate by keeping them in school. They formed they Girls’ Access to Education (GATE) program, and later, the Gate Women and Youth Scholarship (GATEways) fund for women who had graduated the GATE program. Finally, the Skills Training, Employment, and Education Matching (STREAM) program helped women find additional vocational training and job placements.  READ MORE

Concert to Feed the Hungry

By Daniel 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.  READ MORE

 

  

Ten Facts about World Hunger

From the World Food Program

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(1) In 2015, some 795 million people in the world did not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth. 

 (2) The vast majority of the world's hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished. 

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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 nine of our current 37 projects. Please select "Current Projects" from the menu on the left to see them all.


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. »


Bangladesh

SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR GIRLS
Provide food support for 128 girls from kindergarten through sixth grade at Visakha Girls' School in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a poor area affected by conflict. »


 Bangladesh NEW

FURNITURE FOR A BOYS' DORMITORY
Provide furniture for 80 boys at House of Peace school in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a poor area affected by conflict. »


 Bangladesh

FURNITURE FOR A NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING
Fund the purchase of much-needed furniture and equipment for a new classroom building at Moanoghar School. »


Bangladesh

FOOD SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS
Provide food supplies for 55 children from destitute families for twelve months at The Orphan's Children's Home in the rural Chittagong Hills region. »


Brazil

HEALTHY VEGETARIAN MEALS FOR A LOW-INCOME REGION OF SÃO PAULO
A communal kitchen promotes good nutrition in a low-income community. »


Brazil  NEW

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR WOMEN IN SÃO PAULO
Support training for 120 women in Campo Grande to learn sewing or elder care skills. »


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. »


Cambodia

IMPROVING AGRICULTURAL DIVERSIFICATION AND FOOD ACCESS
Creating sustainable solutions to the major causes of undernutrition in Perah Vihear province. »