The Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Social Welfare and Charity Foundation
will establish several relief centers in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and
Indonesia to assist the disaster survivors, to rebuild their facilities
and to advise them how to cope with their trauma feeling toward
The Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist
Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, Deputy General Manager Mr.
Wong Che Hsiung and the staffs of the Taipei City Fire Department,
those who are the first task force among others from the international
community, have returned to Taiwan on the dawn of January 2 prior
to other members of the Taiwan task force.
Mr. Wong disclosed that the Taiwan
task force has assigned 500 kits of canvas tents which donated by
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association and canned food and beverages
plus other rescue resources which are the first batch of rescue
resources from Taiwan to Banda Aceh, Indonesia on December 29 and
have made them available to those survivors.
According to Mr. Wong's perspective
obtained from his witness and understanding, numerous victims' corpuses
were not buried yet and deteriorated regional hygiene, therefore
the survivors demanding clean food, drinking water and sterilized
tools and substance.
In particular, because those survivors
were currently encountered by the tremendous tsunami disaster which
horrified their mentality and they suffered the loss of relatives,
therefore the mental pacification and reconstruction are not merely
demanding but it equally deserves long term follow-up measures.
Over these years, the Dharma Drum
Buddhist Social Welfare and Charity Foundation has endeavored to
enforce Spiritual Environmentalism as the principal axle of the
disaster recovery engineering for those survivors and knows well
that the urgent salvation should emphasize the spiritual comfort
and support to strengthen the survivors. However, the Dharma Drum
Mountain Buddhist Social Welfare and Charity Foundation has intention
to respectively establish the relief centers in Medan, Sri Lanka,
In addition to the Dharma Drum Mountain
staffs in Taiwan, we will organize the other Dharma Drum Mountain
Buddhist Association followers domesticated in Singapore, Malaysia,
Hong Kong and Thailand to access the aforesaid relief centers established
by the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Social Welfare and Charity
Foundation, on the one hand, they are familiar and competent with
purchase those rescue resources for local survivors and apply the
Buddhism method of pacifying mentality to assist them and ameliorate
their trauma and bring anticipation and energize their depressed
affection to overcome their worst condition of subsistence.
Next to these measures, the Dharma
Drum Mountain Buddhist Association staffs will closely solidify
the support system of governmental and civil organizations to provide
the necessary rescue measures for these people.
Being an experienced and professional
in the disaster rescue engineering, when Mr. Wong entered into Band
Aceh at the first moment, he was shocked once again by the terrible
disaster phenomenon in spite of his prior diverse disaster rescue
He indicated that the tsunami swirls
ten thousands of the innocent sentient people, foreign people will
confront a spectacle of devastation wrapped around the area there
are numerous corpus awfully scattered on the open field, many poor
survivors expressing sorrowful complexity because of their sudden
loss of kindred and survivors queue up for ordinary resources assigned
by the working staffs of the international charity organization,
in addition, the anxious refuges crowed in the Banda Aceh airport
planned to rush out of the territory and other residents who still
stayed because they have no way out to escape merely wondering around
streets and coolly overlook the ruins everywhere.
None of people would be disengaged
with the spectacle if they once situate there.
When he recollects what he has encountered,
Mr. Wong sorrowfully reported to the interviewers that one survivor
who suddenly lost all his members of family in the overwhelming
seaquake and in the flood he constantly intonated the Buddhism incantation,
it is inconceivable that he was elevated by a huge force and immediately
grasped a cable fallen from the sky, thereafter he secured his own
life and then was survived from the disaster.
On the other hand, the tsunami survivors
were inerasably impressed by the calamity and horrible affection
and shock. A refugee who rushed out from the disaster area to the
relief center recalled that the terrible seaquake looks like a soaring
wall of flood to assault the residents and the horrible impression
still deeply remained in his mind resulted in hydrophobia and fear
of the huge architectures.
Mr. Wong indicated that these tsunami
survivors currently suffered from dual adverse impact of the potential
disaster horrors and the loss of kindred, they require long term
comfort and spiritual reconstruction, thereafter Dharma Drum Mountain
will employ the Spiritual Environmentalism that we have accumulated
much experience and it is one of the long term targets the Dharma
Drum Social Welfare and Charity Foundation will be endeavored in
the future. [DHAMMA TIMES]