The Buddhist community in Hong Kong recently donated essential items to families affected by the worst economic crisis in Sri Lanka since the country gained independence in 1948.
The Buddha-Dharma Center of Hong Kong has been raising funds to help Sri Lankan families secure daily necessities, such as food, medicine and other supplies. other uses. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to educational institutions in Sri Lanka that are experiencing financial difficulties after the Sri Lankan Government abruptly terminated or reduced their committed grants. before.
Rice, beans and other items worth about 7,000 rupees (US$20) were distributed to 900 needy families in three batches under the direction of the Hong Kong Dharma Center.
In an open letter, Venerable Dhammajothi, director of the centre, said: “I would like to express my deepest gratitude for everyone’s enthusiastic support for the ‘Sri Lanka Relief Fund’ received by us. I launched on 4/27. I am extremely grateful for your positive responses and kindness. In a very short time – about a month and a half, we have raised nearly one and a half million Hong Kong dollars so far.”
The Center also expressed its sincere thanks to Most Venerable Balapitiye Seevali; Most Venerable Dhammajothi, Director of the Graduate Institute of Buddhist Studies and Pali Ancient Languages; and Venerable Gnanaratana, former Dean of the Faculty of Pali and Buddhist Studies at Kelaniya University, helped with the distribution of essential items. At the same time, the organization also expressed gratitude to members of other monasteries and local officials who supported the program.
Venerable Dhammajothi said that although there are more than 2,000 poor people in the areas where necessities are delivered, they decided to give priority to women with children under the age of six. All these people come to the temple to receive the items. In addition, the Venerable Master also expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Hong Kong Buddha-Dharma Center, as well as the members and those who have supported this project.
Sri Lankans are facing widespread food and electricity shortages as a result of a severe economic crisis, prompting the country to seek help from neighboring countries. The crisis has left the country unable to import enough fuel, leading to severe shortages of food and other necessities.
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