The Maui United Buddhist Women’s Association (MUBWA) selected local nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center for its annual Dana Award and donated $500 to the organization as part of the award. Each year MUBWA chooses a community organization for its Dana Award whose work they feel embodies the act of selfless giving.
Malama provides caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children so families can live safe, independent and healthy lives. It is Maui’s only women-specific addiction treatment center and the only place on the island where babies and young children can stay with their mothers in treatment.
In addition to the monetary gift, MUBWA has been collecting and distributing high-need items to Malama such as twin sheets, towels, toiletries and infant-related supplies. MUBWA includes members of the Buddhist Women’s Association from the five Hongwanji temples in Maui County, located in Lahaina, Lanai, Kahului, Makawao and Wailuku.
“We are honored to be this year’s Dana Award recipient,” said Frances Duberstein, Malama Development Coordinator. “The Maui United Buddhist Women’s Association’s support is making a direct and significant impact on the lives of the women and children we serve and we are deeply grateful for their generosity.” Duberstein and Malama Graduate/Program Assistant Lisa Swoveland spoke to and thanked the MUBWA members at the Association’s 2018 Fall Assembly on Saturday, November 3rd at the Kahului Hongwanji Mission.