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01月19日, 週四

    Helping the Refugees and the Homeless People in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece

    By Germany and United Kingdom Relief Teams (Originally in English)

    A few months after Macedonia closed its borders with Greece in March 2016, Idomeni, a Greek village on the border, was evacuated and thousands of refugees were placed in military camps across Northern Greece. Many of them had to endure harsh wintery conditions without having proper shelter and clothing. Following Supreme Master Ching Hai’s instruction to help the needy, our Association members from Germany, Greece and the United States contributed approximately EUR 10,000 which enabled our members in Germany and United Kingdom to provide needed food and supplies to the refugees as well as to the homeless people in Northern Greece from December 14 to 21, 2016.

    Our team first visited Sinatex, a family camp of 200 Kurdish refugees situated 22 kilometers northeast from Thessaloniki. The children were delighted by the cuddly toys and vegan chocolates we brought. We also set up a Christmas tree, which people enthusiastically helped decorate. Following Master’s reminder to protect our precious environment and our beautiful trees, we did not use a live tree.

    In addition, we contributed Master’s books The Birds in My Life, The Dogs in My Life, and The Noble Wilds to the Bê-Sînor Cultural Center, as well as gave copies of the spiritual book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho to teach advanced English. The Bê-Sînor Cultural Center is providing education to 80 children, and not only teaches Arabic, Kurdish, math, science and geography, but also organizes birthday parties, dance evenings, yoga, sports and art classes. A few days later, we returned with children’s shoes, socks, hats, undergarments, plates, cutlery, multi-plugs and three heaters for the Cultural Center. We also purchased 76 mattresses and covers, as many refugees suffered from backaches.

    To help the underprivileged people on the streets, we prepared sets of hats, gloves and warm socks, along with vegan chocolates and some cash and gave them out with warm Christmas wishes. Among the recipients were people at traffic lights who were selling goods, cleaning windows, performing juggling acts, or begging. We bought lots of vegan food for a big Roma family in need outside a supermarket. A man who was selling perfume was overwhelmed with emotion when we offered him money and insisted giving us perfume in return. To the homeless shelter in Thessaloniki, we offered Master’s books and donated winter socks, hats, gloves, rain coats, long underwear, and Christmas hats.

    We were pleased to see that the local people seemed to take good care of the stray dogs. In front of a shop, we saw four baskets – each had a contented sleeping dog! The shop owner kindly fed and took care of them. As it was really cold, we bought them each an extra blanket. We also met an elderly three-legged stray dog who was cared for by the whole neighbourhood, and covered him with a blanket and sent him love.

    On December 17, we decided to clean the beach close to where we stayed. We filled many bags, and carried them to nearby bin containers. A local resident advised us to inform the municipality next time, so the whole community could come to help.

    We met Fawaz, a refugee from Syria, at a coffee shop in town. Fawaz had lost many of his friends to the war and had been in a camp with his family in Greece for eight months. We gave him Master’s book From Crisis to Peace – The Organic Vegan Way is the Answer, which he started reading immediately. Also, we gave him Master’s books The Birds in My Life and The Dogs in My Life. He showed great interest in Master’s spiritual teachings. He is a vegetarian and would like to be vegan as soon as possible. We bought clothes for his children and baby items for his unborn child. We also gave him cash to assist his family and friends. Expressing his gratitude, Fawaz dedicated the following poem to Master:

    I do not lie

    Quite frankly

    You’re a lifesaver

    I do not know what to tell you, or tell you all

    I do not have words

    But you say

    I and my family with all my heart

    Thank you for everything

    Thank you mom [Master]

    Ye changed all our lives

    Thank you for the food

    Thanks for clothes

    Thanks for everything

    You saved

    full family

               Thank you thank you.

    Fawaz

    Although we could not reach all refugees and homeless in this area, we were sure Master’s immeasurable Love had touched everybody, just in time for Christmas. Thank you so much most wonderful Master for Your shining example to serve humankind! We are so grateful.

    Expenditures Thus Far by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for the Homeless and Refugee Relief Work in Greece

    Description

    Amount (EUR)

    Receipt

    Mattresses for refugees in Sinatex camp

    3,5653.00

    A

    Cash contribution to a refugee family

    1,820.00

    Extension cords, clothing items for adults and children, shoes, blankets, utensils, vegan chocolates, books and three heaters for a school, food and transportation for the relief team

    4,362.04

    Total

    EUR 9,747.04

    (US$10,197.50)

     

     

    Receipts

    Sinatex Refugee Camp Near Thessaloniki, Greece – Sharing Christmas Gifts and Providing Needed Clothing and Supplies

     

    Helping Those in Need, Sharing Blankets with Dog Friends and Cleaning the Beach in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece