Helping Hands Newsletter                      Volume 11, Number 4
Winter 2019

Our House Is On Fire, Yet We Still Play with Toys

By Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Buddha’s discourse known as the Fire Sermon opens with the stark declaration: “Everything is on fire.” A Mahayana scripture, the Lotus Sutra, elaborates on this image with the parable of a burning house. Today the image of the world as a burning house has become literally true, as the signs of a destabilized climate becoming ever more destructive and deadly. If we are to preserve a planet conducive to human flourishing, we have to act effectively, and to act without delay.   READ MORE 


Countering Food Insecurity and Hunger with Agricultural Training in Cambodia

By Patricia Brick

In Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province, 37 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and food insecurity and child undernutrition are widespread. In the Choam Ksant district, 35 percent of children under 5 experience chronic malnutrition, and 6.7 percent are affected by acute malnutrition.  READ MORE


Top Global Scientists Call for 'Profound Food System Transformation'

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

"Without a profound food system transformation, the economic, social, and environmental costs of inaction will hinder the growth and development of individuals and societies for decades to come." — Francesco Branca, WHO  READ MORE 


A Heart as Wide as the World

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

The holiday season will soon be upon us, a time of joy and human fellowship when we celebrate our blessings with family and friends. But it is also a time when we are asked to reflect on others less fortunate than ourselves, even to turn our thoughts toward the many who live on the very edge of survival. As followers of the Buddha, we should follow his advice to develop “a heart as wide as the world,” a heart of all-embracing compassion that extends to the billions of men and women with whom we share this fragile planet.   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. »