Helping Hands Newsletter                      Volume 11, Number 3
Fall 2019

Ecological Agriculture as a Key to Combating Climate Change

By Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

The two biggest challenges the world faces today are climate change and global hunger. These challenges are bound to escalate over the next decade, and if we’re to avoid unimaginable calamity they must be met headon. Though the two may appear distinct, in reality they’re joined at the hip, and thus if we’re to triumph over one we must also tackle the other. READ MORE


Field Schools and Community Organizing for Poor Women Farmers in Uttar Pradesh, India

By Patricia Brick

BGR partner Oxfam India has worked since 2016 to improve livelihood and food security among women farmers in 25 villages in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district through its Prosperity Through Resilient Agriculture project. BGR has been the sole funder of this three-year project through annual grants over the three-year period. Carried out in partnership with the local NGO Aim Trust, this project has provided training, material support, and mentorship to more than three thousand women farmers.  READ MORE


 Walk to Feed the Hungry in Uganda

By BGR Staff

On August 18th, the Uganda Buddhist Centre (UBC) in Entebbe, Uganda, held a solidarity "Walk to Feed the Hungry," the third such walk organized by the center. The walk was led by Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita, a Uganda monk who is the founder of the center and a long-time member of BGR’s advisory council. The purpose of the walk was to raise awareness of hunger and malnutrition as a pressing issue both for Ugandans and for vulnerable communities around the world.  READ MORE


A Buddhist Statement on the Climate Crisis

From the Buddhist Action Coalition

The Buddhist Action Coalition is an association of Buddhists in the New York area who share a commitment to socially transformative action guided by the two classical pillars of Buddhism, wisdom and compassion. It is made up of Buddhists from different schools and lineages. The Coalition’s mission is “to organize and inspire compassionate Buddhist initiatives in advancing social, economic, and environmental justice for the benefit of all beings, undertaken through advocacy and nonviolent direct action.”  READ MORE


Emergency Relief for the Bahamas and South India

By Patricia Brick

As communities around the world are mobilizing to combat climate change, Buddhist Global Relief recently provided two emergency relief grants to organizations responding to climate-related disasters. Grants of $5,000 each were given to Oxfam India for its work in the wake of August’s catastrophic flooding in Kerala, India, and to World Central Kitchen, which provided hundreds of thousands of meals to survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas in September.  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

 

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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. »