The Buddhism in Society Program
The BIS program is at the heart of Wat Damnak and LHA’s core philosophy of delivering lasting and meaningful change to individuals and communities.
The temples and monasteries are an integral part of Cambodia’s rich culture and history. Their role in the principles, beliefs and actions of individuals and communities is highly significant in Khmer culture. The program develops and strengthens the impact of monasteries and their monks through it’s five projects.
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Peace Home Building
Peace Homes are built by Monks for very poor families, many of whom have suffered from the scourge of domestic violence. The homes are built for the owner and LHA provides the physical structure, but we rely on the family and the larger community (including the donor) to create peace, happiness and hope for the family and children. The ‘Peace’ houses get their name from the commitment that families give to the monks when they move into one of these homes – no family violence, no drinking or drugs, no gambling, and children must attend school.
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This project provides funding to support the intake, development and training of monks in existing temples. It seeks lasting behavioural change in communities by teaching communities about the importance and value of social and moral responsibility in today’s society.
Monk Leadership Scholarships
This project funds the most talented monks to further their abilities as leaders, providing them with the further skills to enable their growth as temple leaders across Cambodia.
The monks of Wat Damnak host regular radio shows where they broadcast information on their activities, provide support and educate on Buddhism to the local communities.
Emergency Aid Fund
LHA has an instant access fund to provide immediate support to local and remote communities in times of sudden and great need. The network of temples, supported by the overall BSP program, allows LHA an outreach directly to even the most remote individual families. The temple network is highly effective and we are often able to give direct and efficient support. Through the temple network, our wide outreach is comparable to many of the large international aid organisations. Our fund acts quickly, at a local level, and complements the work of international organisations in times of need.