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20日, 週五

    ~Updated Jan. 7~ Providing Aid to Cuban Refugees on the Costa Rican Borders

     

    By Costa Rica Relief Team (Originally in Spanish)

    Thousands of Cubans, men, women and children, are currently stranded at the Costa Rican borders. Heading to the United States in hopes to improve their economic situation, they have been unable to continue due to border restrictions. The National Emergency Commission of Costa Rica is providing them with food and shelter, but personal care items are still in need. Deeply concerned about the refugees, Supreme Master Ching Hai provided relief funds, of which our Costa Rica Association members have used US$13,591 for relief work on the Costa Rican borders.

     

    Relief Efforts at the Costa Rica and Nicaragua Border – December 17, 2015

    On December 17, our Costa Rica relief team worked with the Global Logistics Service (GLS) department of the Red Cross and visited eight refugee shelters at the border. We distributed approximately 1,700 kits containing towels, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene supplies and razors for adults, and 50 kits containing diapers, crayons and toys for children. In addition, we shared booklets of Master’s poetry anthology Silent Tears in Spanish.

    The refugees, with tears in their eyes, told us of their difficult situations and the obstacles they have faced. They felt great comfort to receive such opportune help, knowing that Supreme Master Ching Hai is caring for them.

    For this relief, we spent US$7,967 of Master’s fund. The remainder will be used for further relief work at the border of Costa Rica and Panama.

     

    Assisting African, Haitian and Cuban Refugees at the Costa Rica and Panama Border – December 22, 2015

    The same situation occurred at the southern border of Costa Rica near Panama, where Cuban refugees faced restrictions from border access and were stranded. During our relief efforts, our team discovered refugees were also coming from Africa and Haiti, and are in dire need of assistance as well.

    On December 22, 2015, the first shelter we visited near the Panama border was Escuela Confraternidad Paso Canoas, which hosted approximately 100 refugees from Africa and Haiti, who seemed to have no opportunity to leave the border soon. Our Costa Rican relief team prepared 800 kits of personal care items with the kind help of several people there. Each of the refugees at Escuela Confraternidad Paso Canoas received kits.

    Every kit contained two rolls of toilet paper, two soaps, one towel, one toothbrush, one tube of toothpaste, one shaving machine, one pack of feminine hygiene supplies and one bag of baby diapers. Vegan cookies were also distributed to all refugees, and crayons, coloring books and toys for children. In addition, we shared booklets of Master’s poetry anthology Silent Tears in Spanish. The relief supplies were purchased using US$5,624 from the fund provided by Master.

    We distributed the remaining kits to the refugees at Escuela de San Jorge Confraternidad and Escuela de la Cuesta Juan Lara Alfaro shelters, in cooperation with the Border Police officers. Approximately 170 kits were distributed to the Cuban refugees there.

    The last stop was on the streets near the Costa Rican Immigration Offices, where more than 550 Cuban refugees were living in tents and cardboard shelters with their families.

    Thanks to the assistance of the police, distribution was carried out in a police truck, and refugees showed the deepest gratitude for the generosity of Supreme Master Ching Hai. Many of them applauded and shed tears when they were told that Master can feel their sufferings and hear their prayers, and due to that, help was sent to comfort them.

    Our relief efforts went smoothly with the blessing and immense grace of Master, leaving our team, as always, with new a understanding of universal love. Our deep gratitude to Master for Her infinite compassion for those in need. Our heartfelt prayers for the refugees in Costa Rica. May their situation improve soon as they journey to uplift their lives.

     

    Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai for Refugee Relief Work at the Costa Rican Borders

    Description Amount (USD) Receipt
    Relief purchases (towels, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene supplies, razors, diapers, crayons and toys) for refugees at the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua 7,967 A
    Food, cookies and relief purchases (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toys, towels, toilet paper, razors, feminine hygiene items, diapers, and bags) for refugees at the border of Costa Rica and Panama 5,624 B
    Total US$13,591

     

    Refugee Relief Work – December 22, 2015

    Refugee Relief Work – December 17, 2015