Humanitarian Projects

What is a Jigger?

When a friend who was visiting me at Nairobi Buddhist Temple mentioned “jigger” I had no idea what he was talking about. Then he showed me some photos of those who were infected with jiggers. I immediately felt that I needed to visit the people who are suffering from jiggers to understand it better.   full story...

Child Welfare Center in Kenya

I am in the process of finalizing the building details of a child welfare center in Kenya. The welfare center will be built in Maragua town, which is located about 100 miles north of the capital of Nairobi. There has been a long standing need for a child welfare center in the Maragua community. There are a considerate number of homeless children and children from extremely poor families wandering the streets.   full story...

Water Resource Management in Africa

In September 2010, the Honorable Mbau, a prominent member of the Kenyan parliament and chairman of the budget committee visited Sri Lanka as a gust of mine. I invited Hon. Mbau to Sri Lanka to see first-hand the water resource management infrastructure in Sri Lanka and to meet with engineers of the Central Engineering Consultancy as well as the Minister of Irrigation.   full story...

Distributing More Wheelchairs and Crutches in Kenya

In August of 2010, we donated 5 wheel chairs, 20 pairs of crutches and 4 walkers to the disabled community in Thika Town, Kenya. Thika is located approximately 50 miles from the capital of Nairobi. Ms. Alice Nganga organized the distribution of wheelchairs and accompanied Bhante for the event. We are glad to let you know so far we have donated over three hundred and sixty wheelchairs to the most needy in Africa.   full story...

Making a Dream Come True

On my last trip to Kenya, I met an intriguing young man, Joseph Macharia Kimani, from the Maragua constituency in Kenya.  Eight years ago, as a child of 9, he lost his arm in a tragic accident. In spite of the challenges of growing up with only one functional arm, he remained active in sports activities and always received good grades in school academics.   full story...

April 2010 - Africa

Taking care of the handicapped has been an important part of Bhante's work in Africa. In April of this year, he was able to donate 5 wheelchairs, 10 crutches and 5 walkers to a group of people in the Subukia constituency, near the city of Kisumu. As Bhante explains, it is always a great pleasure to donate wheelchairs, walkers and crutches because it allows handicapped persons an independent means of transport.   full story...

Teaching and Humanitarian Projects in Kenya

From October 26th through November 1st Bhante traveled to Kenya and visited the Nairobi Buddhist Temple. Bhante Wimala has been the spiritual director and head monk of this Buddhist Center for many years, offering teaching and leading spiritual programs several times a year.   full story...

Two Computers for Girl's School in Kenya

On the 26th of October, 2009, following a request from school Principal Mrs. Mutaga, we donated two computers to the Rarakwa Secondary Girl's School in Kigumo, Muranga. Two of the teachers from the girl's school received the computers from Bhante at the Nairobi Buddhist Temple. We are very happy to continue our support of girl's education in Kenya. We know that these computers will help brighten and broaden the lives of many girls.   full story...

Fifty-five Homes Built in Kenya

Fifty-five houses have now been completed since November of 2008. These houses are now occupied by families who were driven out of their villages by political violence. Previously, these poor families were living in tents constructed with basic local materials.   full story...

Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk Donates in Kiharu

Nine physically challenged persons, Murang'a district hospital and Muriranjas Sub district hospital were recent beneficiaries from donations worth hundred thousands of shillings from Ven. Bhante Y. Wimala, a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka.   full story...