By Âu Lạc Relief Team (Originally in Aulacese)
In early August 2012, a heat wave combined with severe floods and tornadoes hit the northern and southern provinces of Âu Lạc, leaving many residents facing extreme hardship. Upon hearing this sad news, Supreme Master Ching Hai compassionately contributed a total of US$20,000 to help those affected, instructing our Aulacese Association members to deliver assistance as soon as possible.
In the northern provinces of Yên Bái and Lào Cai there was much damage done by a major storm, which caused collapsed and damaged houses along with the loss of crops. This led to a food shortage problem for the people in the region.
With US$10,000 of the relief fund provided by Supreme Master Ching Hai, our Association members purchased 700 kilograms of rice, 100 boxes of noodles, 800 packets of rice cakes, 206 mosquito nets and 170 blankets for elderly individuals and those in need.
In Yên Bái Province, we traveled on August 23 and 24 to the villages of Khánh Hòa, Tân Lĩnh, Mai Sơn, Phúc Lợi and Tân Thượng. In Lào Cai Province on September 5 we went to Nậm Chàm Hamlet, Nậm Lúc Village, in the Bắc Hà District.
News of the forthcoming help had spread, and the arrival of our bus was happily greeted by excited groups of people. After delivering gift bags in the town centers, we made our way from household to household to assist elderly people and others affected. The constant heartfelt gratitude expressed by the local residents for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s gifts of love was deeply touching.
The ease with which the arrangements for the relief effort came into place was Heaven-blessed. We all felt the enormous privilege for the opportunity to serve in this relief endeavor and convey Supreme Master Ching Hai’s compassion and sympathy to others.
In southern Âu Lạc’s Mekong Delta region, floods are an unfortunate part of life. In August 2012, the damage was particularly severe, exacerbated by waves of tornadoes. The people of Sóc Trăng Province were severely affected, with many people rendered homeless.
With US$10,000 of the generous contribution provided by Supreme Master Ching Hai, our Association members quickly set out to assist. They traveled to Phú Giao Hamlet, Thạnh Qưới Village, Mỹ Xuyên District; and Hamlet 3, Phú Lộc Township, Thạnh Trị District, Sóc Trăng Province to bring comfort and aid.
A total of 210 “gift bags of love” were distributed directly to those most in need. The first 100 gift bags (each valued at approximately VND 1,121,500 (US$54) included 5 kilograms of rice, a box of vegan noodles and an envelope containing VND 1,000,000 (US$48). An additional 100 gift bags were distributed to households. Each of the additional gift bags (valued at approximately VND 821,500 (US$39) included five kilograms of rice, a box of vegan noodles and an envelope containing VND 700,000 (US$34). An additional 10 envelopes, each containing VND 600,000 (US$29), were presented to 10 of the households most in need.
The local people were deeply touched and delighted by these gifts, which brought comfort and helped in easing their difficult situation.
Our Association members were thankful to Supreme Master Ching Hai for Her blessings in making the relief trip proceed so smoothly. May all good things come to the peaceful people of this region.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai and Her International Association for Tornado Relief Work in Northern and Southern Âu Lạc
(Yên Bái province – Northern Âu Lạc from 08/24~08/26/2012
& Lào Cai province – Northern Âu Lạc from 09/05~09/06/2012
& Sóc Trăng province – Southern Âu Lạc on 09/01/2012)
|Rice, vegan noodles and rice cakes||50,800,000||A|
|Mosquito nets and blankets||48,500,000||B|
|Cash assistance to 210 households in need||375,500,000||C|
|Transportation expenses (trucks and fuel)||4,000,000||D|
|Total|| VND 482,500,000
Throughout the operation, the relief team paid for their own traveling expenses.