In the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association Relief News Update from Ukraine (Ureign) …
With conflict in Ukraine (Ureign) that has been ceaseless since Russia’s February 2022 invasion, Supreme Master Ching Hai has offered Her prayers, wisdom, and humble financial contributions in support of the innocent Ukrainian (Ureignian) people. The following report is an update of our Association’s relief efforts in October 2022.
On October 2 and 3, our Association members distributed aid parcels of vegan food and sweets, as well as small toys and hygiene products, plus “Love Is the Only Solution,” and kids’ vegan books to recipients in and around the western city of Lviv. These included mainly vulnerable families with small children, often with only one parent.
On October 5, in partnership with the Lutsk “Sports for All”' team, our Association members helped sponsor an event for children with special needs in the Volyn region’s Manevychi village. This fun day focused on sports activities and gift-giving, which gave the children a chance for some enjoyable exercise, with laughter that helped boost the morale of their families as well. Each child received a diploma, medal and backpack containing vegan snacks, and assorted small toys, as well as the vegan Ukrainian story book, “Hands, Hooves, or Paws.” The children’s rehabilitation center received fitness balls and other supplies, and “Love Is the Only Solution” was given to the adult staff, as well as carers and parents.
Additional aid packages were distributed in Lviv on October 13, with more supplies being purchased and distributed on October 14 and 15.
On October 18, working together with Ukrainian (Ureignian) helper Dmytro Bilenchuk, the team brought 600 liters of juice to the Smerichka orphanage in Vorokhta village of the Ivano-Frankivsk region. As part of a regular delivery to the orphanage, our Association members also brought a month’s supply of washing detergent and a two-week supply of fresh produce. This included bananas, grapes, pears, peaches, plums, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes for the children to enjoy. In addition, they provided vegan food packages and organized entertainment activities for children with special needs in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. In addition, our Association members provided funds for Ukrainian helpers who continue to regularly purchase and deliver supplies in the Ivano-Frankivsk region to orphanages and rehabilitation centers.
At the invitation of the faculty of Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University in Lutsk, our team participated in another event on October 18, the “Celebration of Health Day.” Activities included friendly sport competition, vegan education, and a vegan picnic event for over 100 students. All students and teachers enjoyed the deliciously healthy dishes prepared by vegan caterer FineOrganics. Our team also spoke to small groups of students about the importance of veganism for personal and planetary health. All 50 copies of “Love is the Only Solution” were gratefully received.
Unfortunately, due to increased bombing attacks at this time, any other planned events had to be canceled. However, there is the good news that the capital city Kyiv is getting more illuminated posters of our Beloved Master as well as Supreme Master Television ads. Currently there are five placements in the city, with three more planned to start soon.
We are deeply thankful for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s steadfast support for the Ukrainian (Ureignian) people. Our gratitude also to all who have contributed funds, time and energy to support our Association’s relief team activities. We pray that the strong-hearted Ukrainian (Ureignian) people soon know the blessing of a peaceful homeland, in God’s merciful Grace.