|Sri Lanka Comforted
by Master’s Love and Care
||By Sri Lanka News Group
and Formosa Relief Team
(Originally in English
In July 2009, gale force winds struck Chilaw, Sri
Lanka, causing severe damage to the area. Upon learning of the
disaster, Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed US$10,000 and
asked our local Association members to conduct relief work.
On August 20, with help from the region’s Disaster Management
Center and Divisional Secretariat, our relief team distributed
much-needed clothing and essential food supplies to the affected
families, who joyfully expressed their deepest appreciation
to Master for the love and comfort She brought them.
A tornado struck Puttlam Town in Sri Lanka’s
Northwestern Province on October 3, injuring at least 14 people,
uprooting trees, and damaging or destroying nearly 1,000 homes.
After hearing about the unfortunate circumstances, Supreme Master
Ching Hai lovingly contributed US$10,000 toward the purchase
of relief supplies for the affected families. The local government
also provided materials such as roofing sheets and tiles to
rebuild damaged roofs. The people of Puttlam sincerely thanked
Master for Her deep concern and unconditional love.
The relief team members would also like to thank
Cargill’s Food City, Chilaw Branch for supplying most
of the dry food, preparing 300 relief packages, and helping
them with their distribution effort.
Cyclone Ward struck the eastern part of Sri Lanka
on December 14, bringing three days of torrential rain and subsequent
flood disasters. In the Eastern Province, more than 80,000 households
were in desperate need. A team formed by Formosan fellow initiates,
carrying Master’s love and Her US$10,000 contribution,
arrived in Sri Lanka on December 28 to render relief to the
most affected in the Ampara and Batticaloa Districts.
In the Ampara District, our team first contacted Mr.
A.S.M. Ziyath, District Coordinator of the local Disaster Management
Center, to assess the situation and the needs of the people. Thereafter,
they purchased and packed the basic necessities, and efficiently
delivered the materials to the affected area with Mr. Ziyath’s
In the Batticaloa District, the devastation was even
more extensive, and stricken households amounted to tens of
thousands. After discussions with the local Disaster Management
Center, they decided to concentrate primarily on providing relief
to 877 affected households in the Mamunai West Division where
the bridge leading to the outside world had just been repaired.
With enormous help from the regional government, our team successfully
distributed the relief material, the surplus of which was given
to the local government to hand out to those most in need in
other flood-ravaged areas.
During the relief operation, many people including
government officials, bazaar employees and even residents in the
affected areas were glad to receive Master’s sample book
and read it eagerly. May the local inhabitants quickly recover
from the shadow of the flood disaster and resume their normal
Expenditures by Supreme Master
Ching Hai for Tornado and
Flood Relief Work in Sri Lanka
Food (rice, wheat flour, tea leaves,
biscuits, noodles, coconut oil, curry powder,
red lentils, mung beans, sugar, salt, sweets, drinking
water, malted milk, etc.)
Daily necessities (mosquito nets, bath towels,
bed sheets, pillow cases, paper napkins, tooth paste,
soap, detergent, bags, etc.)
for relief materials (vehicle rental, fuel, packing, etc.)
expenses (photo and video expenses, labor, etc.)
*Throughout the relief operation,
the team members paid for their own transportation, food and
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