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    let the lotus of compassionenfold the world

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    WHO WE ARE

    Buddhist Global Relief is an interdenomin-ational communityof Buddhists and friends of

    Buddhism who seek to give concrete expression tothe Buddha's great compassion as anongoing project in the contemporary world.

    BGR is an all-volunteer organization.

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    The special challenge facing Buddhismin our age is to stand up as anadvocate for justice in the world,a voice of conscience for those victimsof social, economic, and political

    injustice who cannot stand up andspeak for themselves. This, in my view,is a deeply moral challengemarking a watershed in the modernexpression of Buddhism.

    --Ven. Bhikkhu BodhiBuddhadharma (fall 2007)

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    MISSION

    Our mission isto provide relief to the poor and needy

    throughout the world

    regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, or religion.

    Bearing in mind the Buddha's frequent stresson the value of giving food,

    BGR especially focuses on providing food aid

    to those afflicted by hunger and chronic malnutrition.

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    GLOBAL HUNGERWe address the global problem ofhunger.

    According to the World Food Program, each year...10 million people die of hunger

    or hunger-related diseases.Over half of them are children.

    Each day...over 100 million peoplewonder

    where their next meal will come from.

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    WHAT BGR DOES

    We fight hunger andpoverty in the developing

    world.We support projects

    aimed at developing betterlong-term methods of foodproduction to ensure its

    beneficiaries a constantsupply of food.

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    BGR provides grants toorganizations in impoverished

    communities to meet the needfor nutrition, clean water,education, and supportinginfrastructure.

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    BRG aims at long-termsolutions.We seek to

    promote better long-termmethods of food production,management, anddistribution.

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    BRG does not proselytize.We respect the religiousbeliefs of those whom we

    serve and seek to work inharmony with people of allfaiths to alleviate poverty.

    Photo: Jeremy Barnicle/Mercy Corps

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    In giving food, one gives five things tothe recipients: one gives life,beauty,happiness, strength, and mentalclarity.

    In giving these five things, one in turnpartakes of life, beauty, happiness,strength, and mental clarity, whether inthis world or in the heavenly realm.

    -- Anguttara Nikaya 5:37

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    EXTENDING A HELPING HAND

    We assist victims of sudden disasterwho need emergency food aid.

    We enable those hurt by chronic food shortagesto develop stable strategies of food security.

    We seek to...

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    ...provide emergency food relief.

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    ...meet the need for clean water.

    Photo: Swiatek Wojtkowiak FAO

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    ...support education.

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    ...enhance local infrastructure.

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    OUR PROJECTS

    BGR raises fundsfor food relief and related projects from both

    private donors and philanthropic organizations.

    We work in partnershipwith agencies, institutions, and relief organizationsalready operating on the ground.

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    CAMBODIA

    Critical rice support to girl scholarship recipientsand their families

    (Partner: Lotus Outreach International)

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    VIETNAM

    Providing meals for hospital patients

    (Partner: local Red Cross)

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    SRI LANKA

    Microfinance women's livelihood projects

    (Partner: Sarvodaya Women's Movement)

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    MYANMAR

    Relief for families affected by Cyclone Nargis

    (Partner: Save the Children)

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    SRI LANKA

    Relief for internally displaced persons(Partner: Sarvodaya)

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    NIGER

    Critical nutritional careto pregnant women and young children

    (Partner: Helen Keller International)

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    INDIA

    Tuition and school supplies to enablemigrant child laborers to attend school

    (Partner: Lotus Outreach International)

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    May I be a good doctor for those whosuffer from illness,a guide for those who have gone astray,a lamp for those who dwell in darkness,a source of treasure for those inpoverty and need.

    -- Vows of Samantabhadra,Avatamsaka Sutra

    BGR'S LEADERSHIP

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    Founded byVen. Bhikkhu Bodhi,

    American Buddhist scholar-monk.

    Advisers are lay and monastic teachersand scholars, such as

    Ven. Heng Sure,Ven. Thich Tri Hoang,Rev. Joan Hoeberichts,

    Andrew Harvey,Prof. David Loy,

    Michael Roehm, andProf. Jan Willis.

    All staff are volunteers.

    BGR'S LEADERSHIP

    BGR'S CORE VALUES

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    BGR S CORE VALUES

    Faith: conviction in the power of goodness

    Compassion:breaking out of the cocoon of self-centeredness

    Service: heeding the call of compassion

    Moral rectitude: following the Buddhist ethical code

    Self-cultivation: doing inner work to sustain ourouter work

    Integrity: appropriately using funds entrusted to us

    Prudence: using funds effectively and efficiently

    Respect: honoring customs, beliefs, traditions of those

    we serveCollaboration: cooperating with each other, ourpartners, and the people we serve

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    As an experience of suffering shared

    by many, global hunger shouldawaken our compassion,opening our hearts to the pain ofthe world. As a manifestation ofsocial injustice, it should prick oursense of conscience, compellingus to alter the forces that subject

    whole populations to such a cruelfate.

    --Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

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    Please join us

    www.buddhistglobalrelief.org