By Brazil News Team
(Originally in Portuguese)
On December 24, 2013, The Brazilian State of Espírito Santo was inundated with heavy rain, causing floods and mudslides in 52 of the state’s 78 municipalities. At least 44 people lost their lives, and more than 60,000 were left homeless. Supreme Master Ching Hai immediately provided a generous provision of US$10,000 (BRL 23,500) and requested our local Association members to assist those affected by the floods.
Our Association members from São Paulo traveled to various districts within the Baixo Guandu municipality and distributed 400 packages, each containing over 25 kilograms of rice, beans, flour, cornmeal, vegetable oil and other essential items. Later, in a second relief effort supported by an additional US$10,000 from Supreme Master Ching Hai, our Association members from Brazil and Paraguay delivered 80 more food packages in Espírito Santo.
On January 30, 2014 our team from Brazil and Paraguay also went to the city of Aimorés in the neighboring state of Minas Gerais, which had been inundated with rain three times in the month of January. There, we distributed 400 packages of food to families in need. We also gave two of the most disadvantaged families a total of BRL 100 from the relief fund. The recipients were very happy to receive Master’s help, with some saying that thanks to Master, they would have something to eat the next day.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai
for Flood Relief Work in Brazil
|Rice, beans, sugar, wheat flour, cassava, cornmeal, oil, coffee, salt, pasta, vegan cookies and candy||46,960.38||A, B|
|Cash contribution to two families in need||100.00||C|
|Total|| BRL 47,060.38
Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid for their own transportation, accommodations and food.