By Johannesburg Relief Team, South Africa (Originally in English)
Madagascar is an island nation of over 25 million people situated off the southeast coast of Africa. On March 7, 2017, devastating weather caused by Cyclone Enawo severely affected the northeastern part of the country. At least 78 people lost their lives, 434,000 were affected, and over 40,000 houses were destroyed. As many as 84,660 people were displaced.
Concerned for those affected by the cyclone, Supreme Master Ching Hai asked that our Association members help those most in need, and benevolently contributed US$8,533. From March 22 to 26, 2017, our Association members from Johannesburg, South Africa assisted in rendering relief.
After arriving in Toamasina, which is a city located on the northeast coast of Madagascar, our relief team met with the local Red Cross and a social worker from Hopital Be Toamasina, a hospital in the city, to learn where aid was needed. We then rented a vehicle, and began distributing vegan food such as cornmeal, rice and vegan cookies at the hospital and to an affected school: EPP Moderne Tanambao Verrerie Toamasina -1. The school also needed stationery, which was supplied as part of the relief effort. In addition, we contributed US$2,000 of Master’s fund to the Red Cross to assist them with their cyclone relief efforts in the area.
The recipients, as well as the local officials, expressed their appreciation for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s care and generosity. The local affected people were very touched by Master’s love blessing their country.
Our relief team is ever grateful to Master for bringing care and comfort to the people of Madagascar.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai for Cyclone Enawo Relief Work in Madagascar
|Dried vegan food, drinking water, vegan food for children, stationery for cyclone-affected school||2,806||A|
|Contribution for Red Cross assistance for cyclone relief work in Madagascar||2,000||B|
|Travel and accommodations for relief team||3,727||C|