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Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) Responded to Italy in Pandemic Prevention

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly in Italy, tens of thousands positive cases have impacted society severely. The Focolare Movement, the international organization that founded the Sophia University Institute in Incisa Val d’Arno in Tuscany, Italy, established a COVID-19 Communion Goods Fund in Taiwan for the production of face masks.
When Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) learned of this project,  hot responses arose on the campus.   By April 30th, 59 monetary donations were collected, mainly from the faculty members and students, including those from the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies and DDM volunteers. DDM International Relations Office helped to transfer the donations to the Focolare Movement under DILA’s entrust,   and earmarked for the procurement of machinery and materials that are in need to  produce face masks in Italy. In the hope that can support their charitable activities of face masks distribution in the local communities. .
Affiliated with the Catholic Church, the Focolare Movement began in Italy as an ecumenical unity effort for spiritual and social renewal, with long term commitments in social charities and interfaith dialogues. In 2013, DILA established sister school relations with Sophia University and has held several religious dialogues and mutual cooperation. In 2019, DILA awarded her Dean, Piero Coda the honorary doctorate degree. In 2020, a The Focolare Movement replied with their sincere gratitude towards our followers upon receiving the donations, and gave prayers for a swift end to this pandemic.

Text: Yin-Zhi, Jiang (江胤芝)

Translation: Chen-Yu, 
Chang (張振郁)

Editing: Elenda Huang (黃儀娟)