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 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. »