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 travelling great distance on unfavourable 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."

2017年03月26日, 週日

    Comforting Typhoon Soudelor Victims in Zhejiang Province, China

    By Zhejiang Province, China Relief Team (Originally in Chinese)

     

    The 13th typhoon of 2015, Typhoon Soudelor, landed in Putian County, Fujian Province on August 8, also causing serious damage to the neighboring Zhejiang Province. In the Wenzhou City area, the heavy rainfall triggered floods and landslides which led to traffic disruptions. Pingyang County in Wenzhou experienced the worst floods in 80 years, with the water rising as high as 4.3 meters. According to officials in China, the storm claimed 14 lives, left four missing in Zhejiang Province, and affected more than 1.58 million people. In total, Typhoon Soudelor caused the loss of at least 38 lives.

    Following Supreme Master Ching Hai’s compassionate instruction to provide aid, our Association members assessed the disaster situation in the most severely affected places of Shuitou Town and Shunxi Town in Pingyang County, Wenzhou City.

    On August 14, we arrived at the Weixin Village office in Shuitou Town, where about two-thirds of the households were affected. The government had prepared relief supplies such as bottled water, flour, rice, juice and other food. We met one family that lost three loved ones to the flood. We tried to comfort them for their loss while offering RMB 3,000 for any needs they may have. We also visited another family in need and gave them RMB 1,500. People were very grateful for the help. 

    Since there were no local accommodations available, our rescue team was led by the kindhearted villagers to the shelter for the victims. They not only prepared vegan meals for us, but also let us stay in the school overnight. The next morning, the villagers gave each of us two glutinous rice balls when we left. We came here to help, but instead we received help and loving care from the villagers. Our hearts were deeply touched.

    On August 15, we went to the Shizhu Village in Shunxi Town by rented car, since there was no bus available due to the collapse of the road. After driving an hour and half, we came across a closed road, so we walked up to the mountain. When we arrived, we found out that a flood victim’s family was absent due to the funeral, so we gave RMB 2,000 to a staff member of the village office and asked him to give the fund to the family. Previously, on August 13, one of our team members who was there to evaluate the situation gave a RMB 2,000 relief fund to the village chief.  Overall, our team visited four families in Shuitou Town and Shunxi Town and contributed a total of RMB 8,500.

    We are so grateful for Master’s blessings guiding this relief effort. We pray that as our world grows in love, and more adopt the compassionate vegan diet, disasters such as these will cease to happen.

     

    Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Flood Relief Work in Zhejiang Province, China

     

    Description Amount (RMB) Receipt
    Cash contributions 8,500 A
    Total RMB 8,500
    (US$1,325)

    Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid for their own transportation, food and accommodations.