Love In Action

Master is always deeply concerned when disasters occur in any part of the world. Upon hearing news of such events, She immediately provides financial assistance and sends relief teams. Through such efforts, Her unconditional love and support are conveyed to those affected, thus reducing their suffering while helping them to rebuild their lives.

In recognition of the selfless actions of governments, organizations and relief workers around the globe, Master expresses Her gratitude as follows: "Thank you, all the international help that brings care and necessities to afflicted victims. Thank you all the relief workers for taking time and forsaking your own comfort, even traveling great distance on unfavorable roads and conditions to bring love and assistance to people in a time of need. May Heaven bless you abundantly for your generosity and noble sacrifice."

2018年04月22日, 週日

    Cold Weather Relief Work in Sri Lanka

    By Sri Lanka News Group (Originally in Sinhalese)

    Winter 2012-2013

    With deep concern and love for individuals in need and those vulnerable to cold weather conditions, Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed US$1,520 to the Colombo Center of The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association in Sri Lanka. Master lovingly instructed our Association members to purchase warm clothes for the homeless and vegan food for monks in need. The total contribution could purchase approximately US$13,056 in material aid if bought in the United States, based on the cost of living in Sri Lanka. Although the projected cost of the effort was US$1,000, Supreme Master Ching Hai caringly sent an additional US$520 to buy more food supplies for the monks.

    A team of our Association members then delivered winter jerseys and warm caps to the homeless in Nuwara Eliya, a cold, mountainous region in central Sri Lanka. The merchant from whom the members bought the items was so impressed with our group’s humanitarian work that he gave the team a considerable discount. He also contributed five each of his own jerseys and caps. The items were then distributed to the homeless living on the streets. The relief team next traveled to the North Central and Western provinces where, although it was not as cold, street dwellers gratefully accepted the bed sheets and dry-ration parcels offered by the team.

    The relief team also went to Thanthirimale, a remote village in Anuradhapura District known for its Buddhist temple. There we presented dry-ration parcels containing rice, sugar, cereal, dhal, tea leaves, soya “meat,” toothbrushes, toothpaste, mosquito-repelling incense coils, biscuits, wheat flour, and packets of local herbal medicines to monks in need. In that village ration parcels were also distributed to several families who had been affected by recent flooding and were staying in camps.

    Expressions of joy could be seen on the faces of all the recipients. Our Association members wish that kindness and warmth will continue to bring comfort and elevation to gentle hearts around the world.

    Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai and Her International Association for Cold-Weather Relief Work in Sri Lanka

    Description Amount (Sri Lankan Rupees, Rs.) Receipt
    Winter jerseys, warm caps for residents of extremely cold areas, and bed sheets for the homeless in other areas 113,350 A
    Dry rations for monks and flood victims in Thanthirimale 63,474 B
    Transportation, hotel charges, gasoline and labor 16,096 C
    Total Rs.192,920