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Lotus Light Responds to Guyana’s Nationwide Flooding Disaster

Press Release July 28, 2021

Lotus Light Responds to Guyana’s Nationwide Flooding Disaster

This week, Lotus Light Charity (Vancouver) and our partners are responding in a big way to the appeal for humanitarian recovery aid for Guyana’s nationwide flooding disaster affecting over 30,000 households in more than 300 communities.

According to Guyana’s President, “Many of our brothers and sisters across Guyana are faced with the worst disaster we have ever had, or they have ever had, in the history of our country.”

“We are pleased to see so many supportive Canadian partners working together with us to arrange to send this week one full shipping container (over 60,000 lbs) of alcohol hand sanitizers and antibacterial wet wipes to the Government of Guyana. The Ministry of Health will oversee the donation distribution to affected residents who are still in need of food, water, temporary shelter and emergency hygiene kits. There is an urgent need for more humanitarian assistance to help Guyana’s residents recover,” said Master Lian Tzi, President of Lotus Light Charity Society (Vancouver).

In recent weeks, Guyana is struggling to recover from a flooding catastrophe across the country in addition to seeing rising numbers of COVID cases and steadily climbing death tolls. Residents fled their homes as the floods submerged roads, farmland and buildings, damaged crops and livestock and disrupted livelihoods throughout the small South American country. Many communities were displaced in shelters and still lacking in essential items.

A house in Kwakwani, one of the regions of Guyana that have been hit hardest by flooding in recent weeks. Credit…Civil Defence Commission, Government of Guyana

Lotus Light has been following its founder, Buddhist Grand Master Lian Sheng’s humanitarian vision to provide comfort and help to people in need. To quote Grand Master Lu: “We must help those who suffer in disasters, to help those who have no shelter, to help those who shiver without clothes, and we must offer food to those who are hungry.”

Lotus Light Charity Society (Vancouver)’s COVID-19 Community Caring Drive is grateful to our many partners, donors and volunteers who have worked so hard to make this humanitarian aid possible, especially during these challenging times with our global pandemic. Thank you for the generosity and kind assistance of the City of Toronto’s Community Impact & Strategy Department, CS World Cargo, Thai United Food Trading, NOVAGOLD and our many anonymous volunteers and supporters! For more information on various Lotus Light Charity programs, please contact us by: email:llcsvancouver@gmail.com, Tel: 604-685-5548, or visit lotus light website: http://vllcs.org.  Lotus Light Charity Society registered number:  BN 14110-4893-RR0001.

Flooding Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region, Guyana, June 2021. Photo: Office of the President of Guyana

 

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