Coming from Afar to Aid the Flood Affected
By Korea Relief Team (Originally in Korean)
On March 12, 2010, after the heavy winter snowfall melted earlier than expected due to climate change, a water reservoir dam burst in the Aksuisky region in Kazakhstan. Kyzyl-Agash, a village with 3,000 people, was flooded. 44 lives were lost, 469 houses destroyed, and 2,500 people displaced.
Our Korean relief team left for the affected area in Kazakhstan with Supreme Master Ching Hai’s loving contribution of US$15,000 plus an extra US$6,000 from Korean Association members, on March 29. After arriving in Kyzyl-Agash, they met with the head of the village, who explained to them the damage caused by the flood and the assistance they had already received from other international organizations. At his suggestion, our Association members prepared 2500 envelopes, a total of US$17,000 in cash, and distributed them to the displaced people who were living in temporary tents. The relief team also met with the director of a school in the village and learned that all the computers had been washed away by the flood. They immediately provided US$3,000 to purchase 10 new computers for the school.
Many recipients expressed their sincere thanks to Master and
our Association for coming so far to render aid. They hoped to see the
team members again after their lives have been restored. May heaven bless
the kind-hearted Kyzyl-Agash people with a swift recovery.
by Supreme Master Ching Hai and Her International Association
* Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid for their own transportation, food and accommodation.