Monthly Archives: December 2015

Wishing All A Blissful Holiday Season And Peaceful Vegan 2016!

祝所有人都有一個充滿福佑的節日假期及一個和平純素的2016年!

Season’s greetings and best wishes this Holiday Season!

Holiday-Banner_w We wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy vegan New Year! May these festive times bring an abundance of love, peace, comfort and happiness… and plenty of delicious plant-based food to share with cherished family and friends, both human and our animal co-inhabitants. Our deep gratitude to Beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai for the best Christmas gift – spending Your precious time with us this year through the conferences and international gathering, and for being forever by our side, holding our hands along our spiritual journeys. No words could truly express our gratitude for all that You do, the Ever Compassionate Tim Qo Tu, all of the sacrifices You make to bring unconditional love, blessings, and enlightenment to our lives and to the lives of all beings throughout the Universe. To all the volunteers and organizations who have, and continue to assist those in their times of need, To all leaders and individuals who courageously speak out for the equality of all beings and the protection of the environment, To all kind readers, sitting at home, sharing positive thoughts and prayers for a peaceful world, To God, the Council of the Original Universe, and Heaven for Their guidance, seen and unseen, To Master Jesus Christ, whose blessed birth we celebrate on Christmas, and all the great masters of our time, for their immense love in humbly descending to Earth to share love, peace and joy with our world, Thank you for helping bring our planet and all her inhabitants into a brighter future. We wish 2016 and onwards to be filled with the light of love and inner peace! Happy Holidays!   Special Note: Please remember Master’s loving reminder to protect our precious environment and our beautiful trees. Please use a Christmas tree substitute instead of a real tree. Original article here              

清海無上師緊急忠告COP21世界領袖施行純素法去穩定氣候變化及挽救無數生命Supreme Master Ching Hai Urgently Advises COP21 World Leaders to Implement Vegan Law to Stabilize the Climate and Save Countless Lives

清海無上師緊急忠告COP21世界領袖施行純素法去穩定氣候變化及挽救無數生命

Supreme Master Ching Hai Urgently Advises COP21 World Leaders toMaster letter to COP21                

把愛付諸行動 – 協助難民 LOVE IN ACTION – assisting refugees

師父總是深切關注世界任何地方所發生的災難。當聽到這類事件的消息後,她立即提供財政援助和送出救災隊伍。通過這些努力,她把無條件的愛和支持送給那受影響的,從而減少他們的痛楚及幫助他們重建生活。

為了表彰在全球各地的政府、組織和救援人員無私的行動,師父表達了她的感激如下:“對所有將關愛和生活必需品帶給災民的國際援助,謝謝你們。感謝您們所有的救援人員,抽出寶貴的時間和離棄自己的舒適,即使在不良道路上和條件不理想下走很遠的路,令到有需要的人得到愛和即時的幫助。願上天為你們的慷慨和高雅的供獻加倍地保佑你們。”

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 traveling great distance on unfavorable 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.”
福爾摩沙和英國救援隊(原文為英文)  為了響應師父愛的提示去幫助難民,來自比利時、台灣和英國的世界會會員組成一支救援隊,前往希臘萊斯博斯島,在需要的地方伸出援手,並為難民提供持續支持。到目前為止,在救援工作中,我們使用了師父EUR 91,373.98的資金去幫助難民。
協助抵達希臘萊斯博斯島難民

協助抵達希臘萊斯博斯島難民 Assisting the Continuing Journeys of Refugees Arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece

~ 12月5日更新~ 協助抵達希臘萊斯博斯島難民的持續旅程,部分內容如下:
~ 在11月17-19日,救援隊在希臘萊斯博斯島購買了4000個睡袋、雨衣,襪子和兒童服裝分發給抵達的難民。這些都是因冬天將至而急需的保暖物品。在沒有帳蓬又沒有熱水器的情況下,睡袋是尤其需要的。
~ 約3200難民繼續每天到達希臘的萊斯博斯島,在莫尼亞營地,以及其他聚集點和接待場所,已經遠遠超過了他們的能力。 ~ 從難民口中聽取他們走難的故事,令人心碎不已。他們中許多人要步行20至30天才得到前來萊斯博斯島的船,然後不知未來是怎麼樣。…

~Updated Dec. 5~ Assisting the Continuing Journeys of Refugees Arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece

By Formosa and United Kingdom Relief Teams (Originally in English)
In response to Master’s loving reminder to assist the refugees, our Association members from Belgium, Formosa and the United Kingdom formed a relief team and traveled to the island of Lesbos, Greece, to lend a hand wherever needed and provide continued support for the refugees. Thus far in our relief efforts, we have used EUR 91,373.98 of Master’s funds to assist the refugees. November 15, 2015: On November 15, 2015, our relief team arrived on Lesbos where we visited three different refugee camps to assess the situation. About 3,000 refugees are coming to Lesbos daily and are transported to different camps by bus with the help of many NGOs. Our relief team is working with the NGOs to provide needed aid. November 16, 2015: On November 16, 2015, as we were driving near an area south of the island’s capital, Mytilene, a local man asked us to assist a full boat of approximately 60 refugees for landing. We drove down quickly and were able to help. The refugees were very happy to land safely and were pleased to see us. Later, we visited the transit camp in Mantamados and a camp organized by Mercy Corps in Sikamineas. Both places were very well organized. Next, we went to the northern tip of the island close to Turkey where many refugees arrive. After spotting four boats approaching the rocks, we worked with volunteers from the Youth With A Mission organization to help these boats land safely and assisted the refugees to climb up the cliff. All the refugees were very happy to arrive in a new land safely. On the way back, we attended a meeting with some of the volunteer groups and learned warm supplies will be needed for the coming winter and the refugees’ upcoming journey further north. Thus, we are currently planning the purchase of 4,000 sleeping bags and light raincoats for the refugees staying at Camp Moria, where they will be waiting for their paperwork to be processed. The remaining funds will be given to a local volunteer organization, which is responsible for receiving children, pregnant women and the most vulnerable refugees referred by doctors, to purchase a much needed van. November 17 – 19, 2015: On November 17-19, our relief team in Lesbos, Greece purchased 4,000 sleeping bags and raincoats, socks and children’s clothing to be distributed to the arriving refugees. These warming items are desperately needed as winter is approaching. Sleeping bags are especially in high demand because some refugees do not have tents or their tents do not have heaters installed. As approximately 3,200 refugees continue to arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos daily, the camp in Moria, as well as other assembly points and reception sites, have far exceeded their capacity. Therefore, on November 19, our relief team went to Camp Moria to help clean up the site and meet other NGO members. We collected many bags of rubbish together with other volunteers. Some refugees also joined us in cleaning. We were pleased to see the site was a lot cleaner and less crowded, with the arrival and help of more volunteers and the United Nations (UN) staff members. Speaking to some of the refugees, it was heartrending to hear stories of their journeys here. Many of them had to walk 20 to 30 days before getting in a boat for Lesbos, and are now being faced with an uncertain future. We also later visited the Village of All Together, an open shelter for refugees organized by Lesbos citizens, collectives and NGOs, located at a former tent-camp for kids, PIKPA. The site is now a camp for the most vulnerable among the refugees such as those who are pregnant, sick, and living with a disability. Every day, the camp provides meals for 1,000 to 2,000 people. They plan to set up a vegetarian restaurant in the busy area near the port, which will provide affordable food, and also employment opportunities for refugees. After asking what they needed, our relief team has decided to help them look for a much-needed van while we are on the island. We were interviewed by a German TV channel, and told them of the collective relief efforts here in Lesbos, and also the importance of adopting a vegan diet to protect all life on the planet. November 22 – 26, 2015: On November 22, our Greece relief team, formed by Association members from Belgium, Bulgaria, Formosa, Greece and the United Kingdom, revisited Camp Moria to deliver clothes, shoes, and other supplies and found many things had improved since our last visit. The overcrowding has been greatly reduced and the camp was very clean. We came in time to help set up a temporary storage space as the strong wind had blown over the big tent for supplies. On November 24, 5,000 refugees suddenly arrived on Lesbos. Therefore, we started buying supplies in order to distribute them at different locations. We drove up the north coast of the island at night where the refugees’ boats were constantly arriving, and helped 50 passengers from one boat to come ashore. Some of the women and children were scared and shaking. As most refugees have to go to Camp Moria to register, the next day on November 25, we loaded our car with supplies and went to this camp again to distribute the most urgently needed supplies for the new arrivals such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, backpacks and children’s hats and gloves. Within two days, over a hundred sets of children’s clothing, 6,000 pairs of socks and a few carloads of fruits, bread, water, sleeping bags, blankets, clothes and other daily necessities were distributed to newly arrived refugees, all with Heaven’s love. Medicine San Frontiers (MSF) (Doctors Without Borders) in Idomeni offered to let us use their warehouse and sent volunteers to help us as well. November 26 – December 1, 2015 On November 26, we completed three distributions of necessities at Camp Moria. Due to difficult weather, fewer boats arrived than on the previous night. So far Camp Moria is well-covered for now. Our order of sleeping bags will be arriving next Monday. PIKPA camp is giving us the use of their warehouse. Right now the island is looking calm again, but things can change suddenly. We never know when new boats will arrive. Let’s pray to God the refugees have a safe passage. On November 27, our relief team in Lesbos, Greece went to the port in the capital, Mytilene, where some refugees were waiting for a ferry to mainland Greece, and distributed fruits and Arabic versions of Alternative Living flyers. The area was clean and well-managed. We were pleased to hear that the police prepared an extra boat in case there was not enough room on the ferry for all the refugees. Another volunteer group was giving breakfast to the refugees. Many refugees read the flyers while waiting in a queue. A young man from Pakistan told us if it were not for God, he would have died five times already! Afterwards, we visited Kara Tepe, a transit camp near Mytilene, where we learned from a UN official that there were enough sleeping bags in stock for the winter. At Camp Moria, we were relieved to see that the Red Cross staff was handing out arrival packs containing warm clothing and blankets to the 500 newly arrived refugees, and that there were enough tents for them as well. The next couple of days, there were not many refugees arriving due to heavy rainfall. We went to Camp Moria to check out the situation. During the visits, we met Mr. Sotirios Petrakis, an island resident with a heart of gold. He has devoted a lot of time and effort to help the refugees since the beginning, and he kept reminding people that it is a lesson of love for the whole world. He happily received a copy of Master’s The Key of Immediate Enlightenment Sample Booklet. On November 30, we went to PIKPA camp to wait for the delivery of the sleeping bags we ordered. We brought some biscuits and candy, to the delight of the children. We gave a copy of Master’s The Key of Immediate Enlightenment Sample Booklet and From Crisis to Peace – The Organic Vegan Way Is the Answer to the camp’s financial administrator. He is also running a school called Second Chance, teaching languages to adults. We met a volunteer psychologist named Lafy from Jerusalem, who encourages refugees’ children to express their feelings, experiences and what they want to achieve in the future. Within an hour after we received the sleeping bags, we delivered 200 to Camp Moria where they were urgently needed for the arrival of new refugees. The conditions in the camp have improved. At the new children’s art place at the camp, we became friends with Shah, an Iranian volunteer from London who enjoys working with the children, and also works as a translator in the camp. We also plan to send 3,000 sleeping bags to Idomeni, where thousands of refugees wait at the border between Greece and Macedonia, and we will join the Austria relief team to distribute them. On December 1, back at the port of Mytilene, the weather was getting cold as night fell, and more and more refugees were gathered to wait for the ferry. We attempted to lighten the mood by sharing pieces of chocolate with everyone. They were surprised and started to smile upon receiving the unexpected treat.

Expenditures Thus Far for The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Refugee Relief Work in Lesbos, Greece

Description

Amount (EUR)

Receipt

4000 Sleeping bags and 4000 raincoats

82,000

A

Food, water, daily necessities, clothing items, cleaning supplies and car rental for the refugees; flyer printing fee

7,165.48

B

Transportation, lodging, phone, food and miscellaneous expenses for the relief team

2,208.50

C

Total

EUR 91,373.98 (US$97,717)*

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