Love in Action
Flood Relief Report from Northern
By Au Lac News Group (Originally in Aulacese)
In October 2007, Typhoon Lekima, the largest storm in 45 years to hit Au Lac, caused extensive flooding in the northern and central parts of the country. Upon hearing news of the disaster, Supreme Master Ching Hai immediately provided US$10,000 to aid the victims, along with the contribution from the follow initiates. The greatest damage occurred in the northern provinces of Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa and Ninh Binh, while the areas most affected in the central region were Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue Provinces. With Master’s blessing, from October 13 to 30, fellow initiates from Northern and Central Au Lac brought Her love and relief items to the local people.
In Ha Tinh Province, our Association members distributed rice and other supplies. Because this area had been in the eye of the typhoon, many houses had collapsed, floated away, or been damaged. Thus the local citizens were deeply touched and sincerely grateful to our beloved Master for Her aid. In all, the fellow initiates visited, encouraged, and gave Master’s pictures and relief items to 20 disabled orphans, more than 30 elderly people who had no financial support and 179 households.
In Thanh Hoa and Ninh Binh Provinces, although many houses were relatively unaffected by the flood, all the crops were destroyed. So Master’s gifts were eagerly accepted by 309 local families.
In Hue Province of Central Au Lac, before the flood waters had completely receded, the rescue team helped 16 households. In the days that followed, they went to many towns in other districts and distributed relief supplies to 634 families. Upon learning that there were nursing homes and other places that feed the homeless and elderly, as well as indigent mothers, the relief team helped them with urgently needed supplies.
Typhoon Lekima caused landslides in Central Au Lac, where Quang Binh and Nghe An Provinces suffered the most damage. Our Association members provided three schools with money to buy fans and repair their chairs, tables and equipment after the typhoon. Furthermore, gifts and Alternate Living flyers were distributed to the local children and families.
In Nghe An, the roofs of many houses had been blown away and others were severely damaged by the storm. Hundreds of acres of crops had also been inundated and many completely ruined. In addition, a lot of roads were eroded, making it difficult for relief organizations to distribute the much needed supplies. Our fellow initiates went to one town where numerous people had died or disappeared. There they visited local families to share God’s love and comfort them in their time of suffering and loss, as well as to give them Master’s pictures, Alternate Living flyers and relief items, including instant noodles, medicine, cakes and financial aid.
Overall, with Master’s love and blessings, the relief teams visited nearly 50 different places and helped almost 1,242 families in Northern and Central Au Lac. Thank You, Master, for arranging for the fellow initiates to participate in helping the Aulacese disaster victims. May God’s love and grace help the citizens of the affected provinces to quickly overcome their current difficult situation and return to their normal lives.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai
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