United Nations Parallel Event VI: Recognizing India's Hope Village Program - New York Governor Commends BLIA

The Hope Village education project in Chennai, India, spearheaded by the BLIA in Chennai, India, not only featured prominently at the Parallel Event of the 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) on March 15th, 2024, but also received a commendation from New York Governor Kathy Hochul. New York Governor Kathy Hochul not only highlighted its significance but also commended the BLIA for their impactful efforts.

During the commendation ceremony, the Director of Asian Affairs at the New York State Executive Chamber, representing Governor Hochul and the people of New York, lauded the remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication of the poverty alleviation initiative within the India's Hope Village program. He underscored the transformative power of Humanistic Buddhism embodied by the BLIA, emphasizing its strong emphasis on education, health, and sustainable development.

The establishment of the Hope Village project by Venerable Master Hsing Yun was hailed as a beacon of hope, particularly for marginalized communities worldwide, showcasing the belief that education is a vital catalyst for progress. The BLIA's initiatives within the Hope Village project, particularly in empowering women and girls, were recognized as pivotal in prioritizing education and health.

Representing Governor Hochul, and the entire New York community, the Director expressed deep appreciation for BLIA's tireless commitment to enhancing global well-being. The exemplary efforts within the Hope Village program serve as a testament to the profound impact achieved when faith is coupled with action, illuminating the path towards a world where education stands as a fundamental pillar.

During the Director of Asian Affairs' address, he extended respect and solidarity to the dedicated workers driving the success of the Hope Village program. He expressed hope that its achievements would inspire similar endeavors, ensuring equitable access to education for all children and nurturing their growth and potential. He concluded with a heartfelt wish for the seeds of education sown by BLIA to flourish, heralding a brighter future for humanity.