By Formosa Relief Team (Originally in Chinese)
On August 29, 2013, Tropical Storm Kong-Rey struck in central and southern Formosa, bringing intense rainfall of more than 50 centimeters, leading to severe flooding and three casualties. Deeply concerned, Supreme Master Ching Hai requested our nearby Association members help those in need, adding that funds would be available for reimbursement.
Our Association members from Formosa contributed TWD 56,000 (US$1,870) in relief aid to provide financial assistance and condolences to affected individuals and families in villages in the counties of Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, and Chiayi. Beginning the day after the flooding, groups of our Association Members from regions across the country commenced distributing the aid.
In Taichung City, the district office informed our relief team about the Wang family whose house had suffered storm damage, requiring them to borrow money to repair the house. When we saw the family’s distressed living conditions, we immediately distributed TWD 5,000 to the family to help them during this difficult time.
In Changhua County, we gave TWD 5,000 to each of two families whose homes were damaged by a landslide and TWD 3,000 to each of two affected households in Xigang Village, Dacheng District.
In Nantou County, we learned of Mr. Yang, an elderly farmer in Yuchi Village, who had accidentally fallen and lost his life when he was helping his neighbors clear blocked ditches in the farmland. A group of our Association members from Nantou brought TWD 10,000 to Mr. Yang’s family, along with a selection of Supreme Master Ching Hai’s publications, to express our condolences.
Our Association members also brought TWD 10,000 each to the families of Ms. Yan, a 50-year-old woman in Dapi Village, Yunlin County, and Mr. Wu, a 63-year-old farmer in Yongkuang Village, Chiayi County, both of whom lost their lives during the tragedy. We also presented the families with some of Supreme Master Ching Hai’s publications including DVDs and books.
Separately, a 92-year-old woman, who lives in Wanpei Village, Liouchiao District, Chiayi County, with her granddaughter, found their home covered in sludge after the flood water receded. When we arrived, we learned that local social workers and volunteers had already been there and helped clean up. The grandmother and granddaughter were distraught over the flooding. We immediately gave them TWD 5,000 and some vegan cookbooks to help get them through the tough times.
A total sum of TWD 56,000 (US$1,870) was distributed. We sincerely pray that with Master’s blessing and many others’ support and best wishes, our fellow citizens will soon be able to resume their normal, happy lives.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
for Tropical Storm Kong-Rey Relief Work in Formosa
|Financial aid to affected people||56,000||A|
|Total|| TWD 56,000