Helping Hands Newsletter
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.
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
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
(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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