Bangladesh

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.

Focus of Our Mission
Education

  • BABWO Dormitory Extension Construction Project
  • Construction of Residential Junior High School
  • Bangladesh Children Sponsorship Programme
  • School Uniforms & Stationery

Community Welfare

  • SSSBO Solar Lighting and Water Supply Project
  • BSG Security Fencing Project, Urgent financial support for foods and blanket and jacket
  • BTO Urgent financial support for foods, blanket and jacket

Project Updates & Recent News

Bangladesh Project 2020

This report summarizes FFM's Bangladesh projects in year 2020. Background Since 2011, FFM has worked with Ven U Khamachara Mahathero ...
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Covid-19 Relief Project 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, the spread of Covid-19 has impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. While Singapore ...
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BABWO’s Protection Blessing & Prayer for FFM members & volunteers during CoVid19 crisis

Our heartfelt thank you to Bhante U Khemachara and all at BABWO for the special protection prayer on the Valentine’s ...
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Bangladesh Humanitarian Trip (Jan 2020)

A team of 6 members led by Bro Goh Kuan Seng has completed a Humanitarian trip to Bangladesh from 5~11 ...
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Bangladesh Project 2019 Updates

Background Since 2011, FFM has worked with Ven U Khamachara Mahathero of Bangalhalia Agapara Buddhist Welfare Orphanage (BABWO) and their ...
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Voices from the Heart

FFM Bridge Project - A Reflection by Bro Lim Joon Hiang

FFM Bridge Project @ Kyugayet Village Myanmar

缅甸的“心桥”- J H Lim’s 心灵感悟
多年以来村民们只利用竹筏渡过大河,作为日常的运作活动,可是当河水泛滥时,大河却给村民带来了危险和不便。现在当我亲睹一道长约215英尺的钢骨水泥大桥屹立在大河上,我感触良深。
犹记两年多前,我随萤火之光常年探访缅甸时,因多次的接触,和 Kyugayet Village 的村长村民有深厚交情,在一次闲谈时,他们向我们表达一个意愿--希望建造一道坚固的桥,给邻近多个村落的村民有更完善的交通。接着多次和常驻缅甸的曾兄沟通后,我愿意出资建造这道桥,我感恩萤火之光大家庭给予我的支持和机会。历经两年的艰辛,钢骨水泥大桥终于在今年初大功告成!获知工程圆满完成的消息后,我内心激动且感动,兴奋之情非笔墨能形容!
不简单的任务在多方的努力合作下,实现了萤火之光的承诺和村民的梦想,感恩感恩还是感恩。。。。。。
点滴积累的善心,奉献生命的爱心,默默等待的耐心,满满感恩的热心,桥建立起来了!一道桥竟然联系村庄邻近的九个小村落,让农耕度日的村民们受益,他们天天可以更方便更安全地把米菜瓜果载运市场贩卖。一道桥也更巩固新缅两国的友谊关系!
“心桥”落成,萤火之光的弟兄代表,装满激动的心情,亲赴村民们盛情的邀约,出席了“心桥”的通行庆典。我们眼见“心桥”的坚固,村民们欢愉的神情,萤火之光的弟兄们,怎会不触动心灵深处,怎会不潸然泪下呢?!施比受最幸福,善哉!善哉!

Bro Lim Joon Hiang

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.

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Graeme participated in the alms round
Photo Credit: Bro Goh KS

Graeme (Bro Arnold's Son)

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