Nearly 600 Lunar New Year gift packages, totaling VND500 million ($21,740) in value, were offered by YDA Vietnam, Tay Thien Grand Mandala Stupa, and CME Solar to teachers and students from ethnic groups in the remote region of Bo Trach, Quang Binh.
|Elementary and middle school students of Thuong Trach and Bo Trach receiving gifts from YDA Viet Nam |
Wishing to spread joyous energy for the new year to remote regions, YDA Vietnam, Tay Thien Grand Mandala Stupa, and CME Solar collaborated with local authorities in Thuong Trach, Tan Trach, and Bo Trach in Quang Binh to organise Tet of Love, a charitable programme for students from ethnic groups Ma Coong, Chut, and Bru Van Kieu.
|Organisers preparing 570 gift bags to students and teachers |
The organisers presented 570 gift bags with the total value of VND500 million ($21,740), to students and teachers at the middle school in Bo Trach and elementary schools in Thuong Trach and Bo Trach.
|Necessities and other goods being delivered to Quang Binh for the event. The most remote location, Thuong Trach, is 61km from the Laos border |
Gift bags for students included necessities, clothing, school equipment, confectionery, and a VND500,000 ($21.75) new year envelope. 70 gift portions for teachers included necessities, new year confectionery, and VND 400,000 ($17.40) new year envelopes.
|Ushering in the 2021 Lunar New Year – students from the Ma Coong, Chut, and Bru Van Kieu ethnic groups were joyful with the New Year presents, and the orgnisers' encouragement and wish for them to do well in school |
Pham Khac Ha, a representative of YDA Vietnam, shared that the gift bags were offered to the students and teachers with the encouragement to overcome difficult conditions and to succeed. The organisers also wish to share the message of compassion and share kindness with the community to make life more meaningful.
Turn on the switch of love - the "vaccine" for life
The world continues to face adversities in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we all pray that positive developments will come on the opening days of 2021. We hope that everyone will open your hearts and show compassion. That is the “vaccine” necessary for our lives. Buddhist practitioners should spread love through many activities, by protecting the environment and loving the animals by practicing vegetarianism, in order to bring safety and wellness to everyone and every being, and together advance on the spiritual path. May the pandemic and disasters soon pass, so that everyone could enjoy a spring of love and peace.
Excerpt from His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa’s 2021 message, Nepal January, 2021.