BGR’s Project Policies

  1. BGR primarily supports projects that promote hunger relief and poverty alleviation through sustainable development. These include support for education, particularly of girls and women, and the development of better methods of food production and distribution. We concentrate on small-scale projects that promise to yield the most enduring and substantial returns in long-term poverty alleviation.
  2. BGR generally works through partnerships with respected and experienced organizations functioning on the ground in the countries and communities where the projects are implemented. The size of our organization and the need to adhere to our budget place limits on our ability to respond to large-scale catastrophes.
  3. We expect organizations seeking grants from BGR to apply in advance and submit the BGR application form, which will be carefully evaluated by the BGR Board of Directors once a year in the spring. BGR requests 990 forms (or equivalent) of potential partner organizations along with their applications.
  4. BGR requires regular reports from project partners on the implementation and achievements of the programs we sponsor.
  5. BGR does not discriminate with regard to religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender.
  6. BGR's guiding purpose is purely charitable, and thus we do not attempt to propagate Buddhism or to influence the religious beliefs of the beneficiaries.
  7. BGR does not provide financial aid for the construction or renovation of temples and monasteries or other kinds of religious sites and facilities, nor does it promote specifically religious activities.
  8. BGR will cooperate on relief projects with organizations representing other religions, on condition that the intention on both sides is purely philanthropic and no agenda of religious proselytizing is involved. We seek to work in harmony with those of all faiths to alleviate the plight of the poor.
  9. BGR does not support any program that raises animals for slaughter or that pays others to slaughter animals for its program. We do not insist, however, that all BGR-sponsored food programs distribute exclusively vegetarian foods, just as the Buddha himself did not require vegetarianism of his disciples.
  10. BGR does not fund governmental, political, or military organizations. We also do not help individuals or families on an individual basis.

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 nine of our current 29 projects. Please select "Current Projects" from the menu on the left to see them all.


Burma (via Thailand)