In mid 2011, the Bangalhalia Agapara Buddhist Welfare Orphanage (BABWO) faced a food crisis in feeding the 120 children under their care due to limited aid from the local government and irregular support from donors. The BABWO Volunteer Charity Adviser, Bro Mong Mong Thun Marma approached Firefly Mission. Two FFM volunteers visited BABWO in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh in July 2011 and discovered that the food crisis was critical. On behalf of FFM, they made a donation to enable BABWO to continue to feed the 120 children for the next six months. Further visits were made by FFM volunteers in February 2012 and January 2013 and a number of projects have since been implemented in support of the minority Buddhist community in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
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Voices from the Heart
BABWO Children and Bro Mong
We are very happy for can live and study at BABWO peacefully and lighting up our lives. Thank you all Firefly Mission donors and Sun Fund, Singapore.
Parent and guardian of our children
Yes, we are also very happy for can send our children to the BABWO unless we have to difficult and our children also cannot get chance to do access education and deprived from their education rights and difficult to find the way of their brightness life. We are gratitude to BABWO and their donors.
Voice of Bro Mong
Yes of course, I feel very happy for could do something for BABWO, Firefly Mission and others in this life. It is my wholesome works. I cannot donate much but I love to help others as can as possible till the dead and give build a bridge of relationship between BABWO and Firefly Mission as if they can do their wholesome/Dana works. I myself would like gratitude to Firefly Mission and Swan Fund from my heart for their valuable kindness support. I have been done charity works and doing too. All the achieved of my wholesome/Dana are dedicated to late my beloved Mother and Father and all. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!
SBS Kathina Reflection 2014
Like all Firefly Mission trips, this trip to SBS has been a very fruitful and enjoyable one for me due to a few reasons. Firstly is because I have just finished my End-Of-Year examinations and is relaxing while awaiting my results so this trip serves as a relaxant for me and also doubles up as a reward too for finishing the school year.
Secondly, there are many new faces and each one of them brings an element of refreshment because we get to talk to different people and not just to the same old-timers. They are like patches adding their own stories to the firefly mission quilt and this in turns make Firefly Mission more interesting and less mundane.
Thirdly, this trip is filled with visits to other Buddhist Organizations like Tzu Chi on Day 1 and Nalanda on Day 4 and is therefore very rewarding to our spiritual life. These organizations show us around their “campus”, as they serve as schools for the Dharma, and even host us for delicious lunches, they also inspire us as they have done much meaningful work too and have gained many supporters, even those from overseas.
Lastly, I enjoyed this trip very much too because like all Firefly Mission trips it has successfully incorporated the elements of relax and learning into the trip itinerary. No one will forget the beautiful hotels that we stayed in especially the boutique hotel on day 1 and the five-star hotel on day 3. All in all, I took a lot out of this trip and I hope to be able to go for more trips in the near future.
Graeme participated in the alms round
Photo Credit: Bro Goh KS
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