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Hello my name is Bhikkhu Bodhi. I'm best known as a translator of Buddhist texts from Pali into English but I want to talk to you a little about another project that I've been involved with.

For years as a Buddhist I've wanted to do something to express compassion and action - to translate the high ideals of Buddhism into some type of activity that would be directly beneficial to other human beings. I found that a number of my Dhamma friends were also thinking along the same lines so last year, in May of last year, together we formed an organization that we call Buddhist Global Relief.

We considered to find a particular point of focus for this organization and we decided to make our special mission to provide food relief to those suffering from hunger and from chronic malnutrition but every year 10 million people die from hunger and from hunger-related diseases; and of those 10 million people more than half of them are children - that is 5 million to 6 million children dying every year from hunger. This works out to a child every five seconds and what's also remarkable is that so little is needed to actually alleviate this hunger - one American dollar can go so far in providing food aid to those suffering from malnutrition.

Buddhism teaches us how to develop our capacities for wisdom and also how to develop a heart of great loving kindness and great compassion, but in today's world it's not enough just to be content with developing love and compassion as inward qualities. We also have to be able to transform these inner states into practical actions that bring real relief to the suffering of other living beings.

Through our organization Buddhist Global Relief we are seeking to provide aid to people throughout the world and especially in the Buddhist countries of Southeast Asia who are suffering from food shortages and from malnutrition. We're at present an all-volunteer organization and so we welcome donations and help from anybody who wishes to help. If you wish to learn more about our organization please go to our website www.buddhistglobalrelief.org. Thank you very much for your attention and may all blessings be with you.

 

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. »