Helping Hands Newsletter       Volume 11, Number 1
Spring 2019


Finding Light in Dark Places: My Visit to the Bodhicitta Foundation in India

By Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

This past winter I spent two months in India, traveling from Bangalore deep in the south to Telangana, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Mysore, southwest Karnataka, and finally the city of Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra. I spent my last week at Nagpur, where I stayed at Nagaloka, a thriving Buddhist training center run under the direction of Dharmachari Lokamitra, an expatriate British Buddhist, and his team of Indian colleagues. Maharashtra has been the epicenter of the mass conversion movement to Buddhism initiated by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in 1956, a movement that pulled into the fold of Buddhism the people known as Dalits, those considered “outcasts” and “untouchables” under the Hindu caste system. READ MORE


Learning about Home Gardens, Nutrition, and Public Speaking in Vietnam

By Randy Rosenthal

With so many problems in the world, it sometimes feels like nothing we do can makes a difference. But Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) is showing that by improving the lives of individuals, we can in fact make a difference. A great example of this is BGR’s partnership with Helen Keller International (HKI) on the Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) project in Vietnam, which is now in its third year. READ MORE

 


Spring 2019 Walks to Feed the Hungry

By Kim Behan and Carla Prater

The Walks to Feed the Hungry are Buddhist Global Relief’s main fundraising events, usually held in the fall. This year, in addition to the fall walks, we will have three walks in the springtime.

The first will be held in San Jose on March 30. Ayya Santussika, Sylvia Gomes, and Jim Nelson will be the walk organizers. Next up is a walk in Hampshire in the UK, to take place on May 4, led by Geoff Hunt of the New Buddha Way. The San Diego Walk is on June 16, hosted by the Buddhist Temple of San Diego's Sangha Teens and the Jr. Young Buddhists Association with Sharon Sasaki as the walk organizer. You can sign up for these walks on our website at www.buddhistglobalrelief.org.  READ MORE


For a More Meaningful Vesak

By Tom Spies, Kim Behan, and Carla Prater

Vesak is a time to celebrate the three most important events in the Buddha’s life: his birth, his enlightenment, and his passing away. It is an occasion for us to recollect, with joy and gratitude, the wondrous qualities of the Enlightened One and his peerless teaching, which leads to peace, happiness, and liberation. After the Buddha attained enlightenment over 2500 years ago under the Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya, the Dhamma started spreading around the world. The Buddha himself taught the Noble Eightfold Path for the remaining 45 years of his life throughout northern India, ever rejoicing in the opportunity to be of service to others. As followers of the Buddha, we can follow his footsteps in our practice of giving.   READ MORE


2019 Concert to Feed the Hungry

By Daniel Blake

On April 28th 2019 at 5:00 p.m., Buddhist Global Relief will hold its 8th annual Concert to Feed the Hungry, featuring yet another exciting lineup of contemporary musicians from around the world. The concert will be hosted once again by Saint Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, a spiritual center in lower Manhattan that has been devoted to arts and social justice activism for many years. This year’s featured performers will include Richie Barshay and Michael Winograd, who are both leading figures of today’s Klezmer music scene. The legendary jazz drummer Jeff Williams will bring his trio with pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Michael Formanek.   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. »