I am writing this letter from Australia where I will soon conclude a most productive and enjoyable few weeks meeting old friends of LHA and making new ones. I’ve been very well looked after by my hosts and most impressed by the energy and dedication in organizing more than 10 events and fundraisers during my stay.
At receptions and dinners in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, I described our plans to double the size of page from 25 to 50 girls next year, and have been gratified by the great interest and wonderful response. To all who pledged your support to PAGE, I send my grateful thanks for your big hearts.
In Melbourne, our old friends at Rice for Cambodia, one of LHA’s original sponsors, held several events support our Sustainable Community Program. SCP has recently expanded from its very successful Food for Education origins to initiate a very successful micro-loan program which I will feature in a future letter. Meanwhile, back in Siem Reap, our activities are in the good hands of LHA’s wonderful program managers and administrative staff.
In February, Venerable Y Nol and his team from LHA’s Sewing Training School visited all applicants to select the 28 admitted to this successful program’s 10th class which started on March 3.
On completion of the 10 month course, these graduates will be the first to have an opportunity to work in LHA’s brand new production facility as we strive towards our goal of sustainable self-sufficiency. More of this in a future letter!
Finally, I’m pleased to report that our Buddhism in Society program has provided ten scholarships to bring young monks to Wat Damnak. By engaging these high potential future leaders in our LHA programs and activities – helping to build peace houses, providing lessons on moral behavior and ethical living, and delivering emergency community assistance, for example – our hope is that on their return home, they will help revive the traditional role of Buddhist temples as centers of social outreach in Cambodia.
Together, we have achieved a lot, but there is so much more to do.
So again, I thank all of you for your generous and loving hearts, and for helping to change young lives forever.
With peace and love,
Executive Director | Life and Hope Association | Wat Damnak | Siem Reap | Cambodia
Address: Wat Damnak (Damnak monastery), SangkatSalakomreuk, Siem Reap, Cambodia,
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda