DDMHSIF's Reconstruction Work Approved by the President
On the afternoon of 8 August, 2012, the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Mr. Ying-Jeou Ma presented a special award to Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong in appreciation of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation's exceptional work on reconstruction efforts in southern Taiwan following Typhoon Morakot on 7 August, 2009.
The award ceremony, held in memory of the Morakot tragedy in 2009, was hosted by the Executive Yuan and took place at the National Taiwan University Hospital International Convention Center, Taipei.
The Abbot President deeply thanked the public for entrusting DDM with the weighty responsibility of serving those in suffering. He further encouraged people to bravely exercise the power of life, even in adversities, and to learn to accept the impermanence that often occurs in life, and to nurse self-merit for inner peace.
Following the Morakot disaster, DDMHSIF immediately plunged its resources into the reconstruction work which included the building of permanent houses for displaced victims and the setup of "Peace of Mind" relief stations across southern Taiwan.
(translated by Jin Yang/edited by DDM Australia Editing Team)