Below are photos of the shipment and distribution of one 20-foot container load of construction materials delivered to the town of Carles, the northernmost town of Iloilo which was severely hit by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Because of the national focus on Samar and Leyte, little aid reached Carles and surrounding towns. The Theosophical Society and Theosophical Order of Service shipped several waves of relief goods (food, clothing and construction materials) to Carles and Sara of northern Iloilo province.
In a song about the journey to the spiritual path, Colorado artist Jamie Wolfe sings, "How I long to run this race for passion, not duty." Her words strike a chord as I ponder what moves people to serve.
The Theosophical Order of Service recently learned that the Chushul Home for orphaned Tibetan children has indeed been closed by the Chinese (see the following letter). The children are still together however which should lessen any trama they may be experiencing by leaving their home of many years. Our contact with Chushul writes "I am looking into other opportunities to help the Tibetan people, particularly orphaned children, as well as continuing to look after my Chushul Family. I consider you [the TOS] to be a part of the Chushul Family and will keep you informed."
The big gray house. Gwendolyn, a member of the Washington DC Theosophical Society (TS) group, often wondered what went on in the big gray house up the street from where she lived. It was “Joseph’s House,” a hospice caring for the dying homeless. After taking a tour, Gwendolyn told her fellow TS members they just had to see this for themselves.
This is a Veteran benefit support project which is opening in the Southern Tier area, presented by the Susquehanna Study Group of the Theosophical Society in America.
The Trees for Veterans Program allows you to honor a particular Veteran with a tree planted in the Southern Tier area, while raising much-needed money for local Veteran groups and programs. This is an official Theosophical Order of Service, USA, project. Donations are collected by TOS-USA and are fully tax-deductible.
This year, some members of the NY Theosophical Society in NYC have begun collecting items to send to Haiti to help the poor in that country. A friend of our Lodge goes to Haiti every December, bringing whatever she can to help alleviate the suffering and try to bring a little joy in the lives of the people there. We have begun collecting toiletries, gently used summer clothing, home supplies and school supplies. We are hoping to find other contacts to expand this project.