佛教团体帮助意大利北部的地震受难者

Buddhist group helps quake victims in northern Italy

程洁仪和斯卡利萧,CNA,2012年12月18

by Cheng Chieh-yi and Scully Hsiao, CNA, Dec 18, 2012

罗马,意大利 – 台湾佛教慈济基金会成员在星期六从德国,法国和英国冒着雪来到意大利北部,给今年早些时候遭受地震灾难的居民发放消费券。

37名志愿者给Bondeno和Finale Emilia乡镇的约400名居民分发了每人面额100欧元的消费券,以帮助他们度过冬天。

来自德国的台湾义工陈舒伟告诉CAN说,以上两个地区,以及 Emilia Romagna部分地区于5月20日遭受5.9级地震, 那里的灾民急需帮助。慈善活动主要是针对那些有老人和儿童的家庭,或者是那些极为缺钱的人们。

目前基金会在意大利并没有分部,尽管大雪在几天前已经开始下,义工们依然乘坐旅游巴士跨越国界前往了受灾地区。

陈先生说,来领优惠券的人们刚开始很害羞,或甚至冷漠,但当他们知道义工们在做什么后,态度便软了下来。

陈先生说:“可以看出其中一些人充满了幸福,这从他们脸上的表情,甚至拥抱我们或者握我们手的行为中看得出来。”

义工们还放了一段慈济创始人证严法师祈祷并鼓励地震灾民的录像。

安热洛·艾洛(Angelo d’Aiello),一位来自Finale Emilia的官员说鉴于有限的政府资源,乡镇机关不得不求助于慈善机构的帮助。

克劳迪奥·萨巴蒂尼(Claudio Sabatini),一位当地的企业家和慈善活动的协调人表示此次活动标志着与佛教团体合作的一个良好的开端。

文章来源:http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,11235,0,0,1,0

翻译:圆怀,不惑

校对:沃色卓玛

 

Buddhist group helps quake victims in northern Italy

by Cheng Chieh-yi and Scully Hsiao, CNA, Dec 18, 2012

Rome, Italy — Members of Taiwan’s Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation from Germany, France and the United Kingdom braved snow in northern Italy Saturday to distribute shopping vouchers to residents struck by an earthquake earlier this year.

The 37 volunteers distributed the shopping vouchers, worth 100 euros each, to about 400 residents of the Bondeno and Finale Emilia townships to help them through the winter.

Residents in the two areas, part of the Emilia Romagna region hit by a magnitude-5.9 quake May 20, are in desperate need of help, and the charity drive mainly targeted families with elderly members and children, or those struggling for money, Chen Shu-wei, a Taiwanese volunteer based in Germany, told CNA.

The foundation currently does not have a branch in Italy and the volunteers traveled across borders to the affected areas in tour buses, despite heavy snow that had begun days before.

Chen said the people coming in for the vouchers were quite shy or even cold at the start, but began to soften when they knew better what the group was doing.

“You could tell that some of them were brimming over with happiness by the looks on their faces, while others even hugged us or shook our hands,” Chen said.

The volunteers also screened a video in which Tzu Chi founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen prayed for and encouraged the earthquake victims.

Angelo d’Aiello, an official of Finale Emilia, said the township authorities had to turn to charities for help, given limited government resources.

Claudio Sabatini, a local entrepreneur and coordinator of the charity drive, said the events marked a good start for cooperation with the Buddhist group.