Humanitarian Projects

Repairing a School Floor

Finally, we arrived at the Makuyu School in the district of Maragwa. We had traveled there to distribute gifts and uniforms to some of the students who had earned excellent grades on their exams, but our journey to the school had not been an easy one. We traveled about two miles on a muddy dirt road, crossing big water puddles. At times, the vehicle skidded sharply off the road. Several times, the tires spun around in place in the deeper mud. About halfway into the trip, I became concerned and questioned whether we were ever going to reach our destination.   full story...

Feeding The Famine Stricken Children

Atula Shah from Nairobi wrote a letter to Bhante and Triple Gem Society requesting help to feed children in a famine stricken area of Mutumo, an area Bhante visited on one of his last trips to Nairobi. In her letter, Atula explained that “…there is a severe famine in Mutumo where you visited us last time. The reason for this famine has been twofold: all the maze stored from our harvest went bad [with flotoxian] and had to be destroyed. In addition the region suffered from the loss of two full rainy seasons and there have been no food productions from the land.”   full story...

Stopping Female Genital Mutilation

When I first heard about the Female Genital Mutilation practices in Africa from a friend, I was shocked and deeply saddened. I decided to learn more about this by visiting the villages, talking to medical professionals, social activists, and women and girls who have undergone FGM. I also met those who perform female circumcision in rural villages and heard their stories.   full story...

Three More Girls Receive Scholarships

In 2002 we started a scholarship program to help the most needy underprivileged girls to continue their education.

In the last two years, we have given five university scholarships and seven college and high school scholarships to girls from Africa and Sri Lanka.   full story...

Breath of Life

Several years ago, in an interview with a doctor in a rural hospital in Cameroon, I learned how he does all surgical operations under local anesthesia. He explained how many deaths occur simply because of the lack of available oxygen to assist the patients' recovery. This discussion made me realize that this problem is common throughout Africa. I knew that so many lives could be saved if we could only find a way to provide oxygen more directly to some of these rural areas.   full story...

Sixty-Two Bed Home for Street Children in Rwanda

Accepting an invitation from individuals conducting humanitarian projects in Rwanda, I spent three days in the capitol, Kigali, visiting many hospitals, rehabilitation centers, Aids orphanages, and homeless shelters in the surrounding towns and villages.   full story...

Welfare Project in South Africa

In this age of disposable technology, we often take for granted the high tech equipment that makes our lives so much easier. In many parts of Africa, people do not count on these luxuries. This year I was invited to visit Durban, South Africa by a South African gentlemen who lives in Key West, Florida, by the name of Spider.   full story...

Helping the Disabled in Kenya

In my travels to rural Kenya, I participated in donating more wheelchairs, crutches, and prosthetic limbs to children in outlying villages. I also sponsored additional cataract operations as part of our ongoing involvement with the rural eye clinics. I was delighted that one of our main sponsors, Mr. Pejuta and his girlfriend, Susan, decided to accompany me on this trip.   full story...

Playground and Solar Power for the Paramaduwa School

To reach the small school, we traveled two hours by car from the city of Anuradhapura. Then we traveled another three kilometers on an unpaved dusty road. At first sight, it didn't look like much at all. If you did not see the students, you would not have believed that the long hut and the small mud hut were a school.   full story...

New Uniforms for One Hundred Fifty Orphaned Girls

For eighteen years, the Sri Lankan government fought a long and difficult war with a separatist group called the Tamil Tigers. By the time the government negotiated a cease-fire with the separatists in 2001, about seven thousand people had lost their lives.   full story...