Relief news update from Burundi - 3 Jan 2010  
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Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association relief news update from Burundi.
In October, over 1,000 people in Bubanza province were affected by heavy rains, with more than 214 homes as well as surrounding crops being destroyed.

On October 24, Supreme Master Ching Hai donated US$10,000, which could purchase US$1.2 million in emergency supplies in the United States, based on the cost of living in Burundi.

Sending her love and prayers, she asked that our Association members please go if possible to help and comfort those in need. Traveling to Burundi’s Bubanza province, our Association’s relief team from Formosa (Taiwan) covered their own travel and related expenses of approximately US$1,400.

Once there, they were able to distribute cooking oil, beans, rice, flour, salt, and soap to affected villagers. The recipients expressed their joy and gratitude with applause, saying this was the best New Year’s present, while wishing Supreme Master Ching Hai a Happy New Year as well.

The government of Bubanza also sent Supreme Master Ching Hai a letter of appreciation. The following is an excerpt:

For the substantial aid you have given to the Bubanza region’s disaster victims affected by hail and torrential rains, we convey our sincere thanks and ask that Supreme Master Ching Hai please accept this expression of our gratitude and high regard.
Sincerely, Nzeyimana Herménégilde Municipal Administrator

VOICE: We join in sending our thanks to Supreme Master Ching Hai for her altruistic assistance to the people of Burundi. We also thank our Association’s relief team for their dedicated efforts.

May the storm-affected people swiftly recover the wholesome regularity of their daily lives as we strive for kinder ways to help ease distressing situations as these.