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Since March 19th, Abhayaratna Trust, the Order’s care network, has been in touch with Order members around the world who have been experiencing financial hardship as a result of the spread of Covid-19. So far, the charity has given modest grants to 23 Order members living in Mexico, the United States, Spain, India and the UK, and expects to give further grants in the coming months.
The majority of grants have been to those who are self-employed and badly affected by all or most of their work being cancelled, and the remainder have supported those who were working on zero hour contracts. People who have little or no savings to fall back on, often through dedicating most of their working lives to serving the Dharma and building our Triratna Community.
The Abhayaratna Trust wants to continue offering short term relief through cash grants to Order members anywhere in the world who are struggling with food, bills and housing costs. Even those fortunate enough to live in countries that have state benefits need help while waiting for government help or to make up benefit shortfalls.
The Trust has raised over £9,000 and wants to raise another £6,000 by the end of April to keep up with the need. Can you help us? One supporter ‘s response was:
An appeal arrives, instantly, in that same micro-second, one just knows, here is a perfect invitation, a no-brainer, one’s portal into how to contribute. Thank you for your invitation; helping me to contribute into your safe hands …and reaching beyond. - Hridayamani
You can donate online securely here or email jinavamsa [at] abhayaratnatrust.org.uk (Jinavamsa) for other ways to give. Thank you.
And if you are a Triratna Order member who would be helped by a grant, please click here to apply online.