Relief news update from Tanzania - 16 Dec 2009  
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Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association relief news update from Tanzania.
After suffering from prolonged drought that robbed the lands of vegetation, Tanzania was swept by four days of torrential rains in November. A landslide triggered in the northern mountainous Kilimanjaro region took the lives of at least 24 children and adults, rendering many other people homeless. Supreme Master Ching Hai
offered US$10,000 on November 14 for the families most in need as well as any orphaned, elderly, injured and neglected.

With tears of sorrow and her prayers, she asked that our Association members please go and comfort the afflicted if possible. The amount could purchase US$339,000 in urgent items, if acquired in the United States, based on Tanzania’s cost of living.

Our Association’s local relief team quickly went to the hard-to-reach affected regions, covering their own travel and related expenses of approximately US$1,350.

After driving a long distance and then on rough mountainous roads, they were able to distribute blankets, mosquito nets, and food supplies to the villagers in need. The villagers were very happy and grateful for Master’s support and comfort, and the District Administrator offered thanks and well wishes on behalf of the
Tanzanian government to Supreme Master Ching Hai and the Association.

We join in thanks to Supreme Master Ching Hai for her wholehearted care of the less fortunate. Our appreciation also for our Association members’ dedicated efforts. With the grace of the Providence, may the people of Tanzania swiftly recover their regular day-to-day lives as our greater benevolence helps ease calamities as these.