Excerpts from Thank-you letters 感謝函內容摘錄 Thank-you Letter from the American Red Cross 來自紅十字會感謝函 Receiving Supreme Master Ching Hai’s financial contribution for relieving the refugee crisis, the President and CEO of the American Red Cross, Ms. Gail McGovern, wrote a letter expressing her sincere appreciation, stating, “Thank you. The American Red Cross is very grateful for your generous gift of $100,000.00 on October 12, 2015 to European Refugee and Migration Crisis…The humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross provide comfort and hope to so many during their times of need. Thank you for your commitment to this critically important work.”
Thank –you Letter from Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) 來自Médecins Sans Frontières的感謝函(無國界醫生) In October 2015, our Association members from United Kingdom, in response to Master’s compassionate instruction to assist the refugees, contributed GBP 3,000 to MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders) to support their humanitarian effort in rescuing the refugees. In reply, a member of MSF wrote a moving letter, describing his personal experience in rescuing people from boats crossing the Mediterranean from Africa:
“It is hard to imagine the desperate choices these people make when they embark on these journeys. I asked one man, ‘Why did you decide to get on the boat?’ He replied that it was because he had no hope left inside him, he felt dead inside, and a dead person doesn’t feel death.
“After being rescued, when they are safely on our boat, it is often the first time they can sleep properly, the first time they can rest. They have been under huge stress, and suddenly they have food and warmth.
“That day alone, we rescued 2,000 people from boats in the Mediterranean Sea. They were ‘guests’ on our boat. Not migrants, not refugees, but our ‘guests’. For MSF, this project is about life. Our mandate is to save lives and to save lives alone.”
Thank-you Letter from UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) – The UN Refugee Agency
Inspired by Master’s loving example, our Association members from Minnesota, United States made a humble contribution of US$900 to UNHCR on October 30, 2015 and received an appreciation letter from the Executive Director and CEO of UNHCR, Ms. Anne-Marie Grey. She wrote, “It will soon be put to work providing emergency services for refugees from the Middle East and Africa. I am very pleased to welcome you as a new friend. Your support of the refugees desperately trying to reach safety in Europe and elsewhere is truly gratifying. You are providing emergency food and shelter, as well as protection of refugees’ rights as human beings…These days, everyone is hearing about the conflicts and crises. But you have heard the cries of desperate refugees and responded with compassion and generosity. I am so very grateful for your humanitarian spirit.”