An update on Haiti relief from Bhikkhu Bodhi (via: Shambhala Sunspace). Relief efforts require help from people like us. Even my small grass-roots sangha is donating a large portion of their savings (meager as they are in comparison to larger organizations) to relief efforts. It is important to give in an form to any reputible organization.
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi: Buddhist Global Relief has made a contribution of $20,000 to support emergency relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck the country on January 12th. Our donation draws $8,000 from our emergency funds and $12,000 in donations received from BGR members and friends. We have divided this sum among four reputable aid organizations now in the country: CARE, Oxfam, Tzuchi Foundation, and Direct Relief International. Each has received a donation of $5,000.
As a follow-up, BGR is currently collecting donations to support several long-term rehabilitation projects in Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries. These will focus on providing improved nutrition and education. Many countries hit by sudden disaster receive a massive amount of aid and funds in the immediate aftermath of the crisis, but then find, as the disaster fades from the headlines, that the flow dries up. Taking a Buddhist perspective, BGR gives priority to the type of discreet assistance that promises to yield the most abundant fruits. Thus we concentrate on better nutrition for children and mothers, and on offering children (especially girls) the chance to attend school.
Readers who wish to contribute to our long-range projects in Haiti may donate by mail or online. Mark your check or online donation “Haiti Rehabilitation.”
Here are links to all of the organizations mentioned so that you can look into them for yourself:
- Buddhist Global Relief
- Oxfam International
- Direct Relief International
- Tzu Chi Foundation
- Freedom From Hunger
- Doctors Without Borders
Another call from The Reverend Kaz Nakata
What is the Buddhist response to a tragedy, like we recently saw in Haiti?
It’s nice to want to help, but the question is how can we help. People say, “Should we pray?” But prayer does nothing to help. I was a victim in Japan’s Kobe earthquake [in 1995], and we felt that prayer was no help. When people are under the beam of a structure, prayer does not help. But there are people going to the rescue, who are professionals, so they need money to send more people, and to buy more things, and so that’s why our temple created a relief fund. If you’re a professional, maybe you can go. But the appropriate way to help is to make a donation to support the people
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