all who will lend an ear . . .
I write this
letter to plead for assistance. I am only a citizen that is trying
to help a large community of extremely displaced human beings. Recently
our little town of Biloxi Mississippi was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The town of Biloxi is a peninsula between the ‘Back Bay’
Delta of the Biloxi River and the Gulf of Mexico. The lower grounds
at the tip of this peninsula consisted of a few casinos, fishing
industry and a large Vietnamese community that started in the early
of several thousand Vietnamese Americans used the Chùa Buddhist
Temple for many years as a hub and community backbone. The temple
was built on and survives only by donations and serves as a religious
center, community center, school, outreach and primary residence
for the Monks.
On the eve
of the dedication ceremony, monks and nuns from all around the United
States came to celebrate. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina also
attended the celebration. While people came to seek refuge at the
temple, most ended up seeking refuge and chanting in the attic as
floodwaters quickly hit the ceilings. Fortunately the toxic waters
receded, but unfortunately it gutted the entire facility and took
the majority of the town with it.
has opened its property as a Disaster Relief Center. Several agencies
are facilitating food and clothing operations for the community.
As the cleanup begins, this temple has moved out doors. The people
still come, but there are no building supplies or funding to rebuild.
Due to certain
“Red Tape” Biloxi and Federal Assistance programs have
deemed the temple a commercial property forfeiting its eligibility
for the Monk’s Primary Residential Assistance and assistance
for rebuilding the Temple.
If you can
contribute anything to the rebuilding of our residence and Temple,
PLEASE contribute here. All donations are tax deductible. Please,
this is the real deal. We welcome you to come down, see with your
own eyes and help with your hands, connections, building supplies
and anything else you can drum up. The temple is currently without
electricity or landline phone. I know its easy for people to disassociate
themselves from this disaster, 'out of sight out of mind'. Please;
if you dont believe, do a little research. Call FEMA and the Red
Cross, they have a tent set up in the Temples' Front Yard. This
is the real deal.
Thank you for
help and supporting our community!
179 Oak Street,
Biloxi, MS 39530
Tel. (210)326-6261 (cell phone)