Relief news update from the Philippines - 26 Dec 2009  
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Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association relief news update from the Philippines.
On November 24, Typhoon Urduja made landfall in the Philippines, affecting over 400,000 people as 300 millimeters of rain swept through parts of northern Mindanao and east Visayas provinces.
With flash floods and landslides triggered, four people succumbed to the calamities, while 13 others were injured. Sending her love and heart’s prayers, Supreme Master Ching Hai immediately donated US$10,000 for our Association members to go provide emergency aid and comfort the afflicted.

This amount could purchase US$144,000 in items bought in the United States, based on the Philippines’ cost of living. Using US$2,560 of their personal funds for travel and related expenses, our Association’s relief team from Formosa (Taiwan) quickly went to Cagayan de Oro City in Visayas province, where many of the victims were staying. After being informed of the disaster situation, they purchased 9,000 kilograms of rice, along with corresponding amounts of salt, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and bars of soap.

These were arranged into 3,000 packages and distributed throughout nine villages total.The relief team also visited the local Boystown orphanage to convey Master’s deep concern for the children’s well-being where they gave out daily necessities including rice, oil, salt, sugar, cookies and kitchen utensils. All the recipients accepted Master’s loving gifts with joy.

Hon. Constantino G. Jaraula, Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines (m): Master Ching Hai,I would like to congratulate you for this wonderful spirit and the project that you are pursuing throughout the world, now reaching the city of Cagayan de Oro. Go on with your mission. We are behind you. We are praying for you as you are also praying for us. May the world have more of Master Ching Hai.

Ms. Cora Buntag, Superintendent of “Boystown” Orphanage, Philippines (F):  Thank you very much. We love you, Supreme Master Ching Hai. We love you very much.

Young relief recipients, “Boystown” Orphanage, Philippines (M): Master Ching Hai, I love you!

VOICE: We join in gratefulness to Supreme Master Ching Hai for her attentive care of the vulnerable, as well as our Association’s relief team for their altruistic assistance. May Heaven grace the Philippine people with a swift recovery to their fulfilling day-to-day lives as our planetary balance is restored through humanity’s gentler
stewardship on Earth.