Helping Hands Newsletter
Fall 2018

Volume 10, Number 3

The Walk Season Is Now

By Ven.  Bhikkhu Bodhi

As the summer draws to an end, the time has arrived for Buddhist Global Relief’s annual Walk to Feed the Hungry. The walk season began on August 18 with a walk in Portland, Oregon, and continues through till November 10, ending with the walk in Houston, Texas. A list of the walks will be found on our website. Successful pre-season walks have already taken place in the U.K. (a 10-mile walk in Surrey) and in San Diego, and we are hoping for big turnouts for the seasonal walks to come. READ MORE

 

Helping the Helpers: Educating Burmese Medics’ Children

By Kim Behan  & Carla Prater

Imagine that you are a refugee, stranded with your family and thousands of other people in a forest far from home or any services. Now imagine you are offered training and a job as a medic to serve your community, but it requires that you travel to other refugee camps as well as serving in your own area. But what about your children? Who will care for them? Will they be allowed to go to school?

That is the dilemma faced by members of the Backpack Health Worker Teams providing mobile medical care to isolated ethnic villages and internally displaced person camps along the Thai-Burma border. Each medic travels to 9-12 villages every month, providing care for about 2,400 people. READ MORE

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint through Change of Diet

By Randy Rosenthal

What’s the best way to reduce your carbon footprint? A new influential study recently published in Science says: Go vegan.

The study is described as “the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet.” To come to their conclusions, the authors J. Poore and T. Nemecek looked at data covering nearly 40,000 farms and 16,000 processors, packagers, and retailers. This means they studied the impact of the meat and dairy industry, from the bottom up, rather than the previous top-down approach using national data, which is why this study is so profoundly revealing. In doing so, they determined that without meat and dairy consumption, we could reduce global farmland use by more than 75% and still feed the world. READ MORE

Emergency Relief Projects

By David Braughton

Over the past 12 months, Buddhist Global Relief provided $58,000 (representing approximately 10% of its annual budget) in emergency hunger relief to people stricken by war, conflict, droughts, floods and hurricanes. In total, 14 grants, ranging from $1000 to $5000, were made to 7 different organizations working in Myanmar, Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Sahel Africa, Puerto Rico, and the USA. Emergency grants are designed to bolster relief efforts in parts of the world where people face acute hunger or starvation due to man-made or natural disasters. 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. »