This is so helpful - thank-you very much.
I had a look at the Alliance for Bikkhunis, and it seems a great organisation, with an excellent mission statement.
When trying to address such a vast array of needs, and on a global scale, it is difficult to select the activities to focus on. There is no sense replicating what the AFB is doing, but it strikes me that there is a gap for ongoing requisites including housing. I feel it is a tragedy to see nuns disrobing only because they cannot find the resources to live. In ‘wordly’ terms, these individuals represent a huge investment squandered. The effort, wisdom and diligence to get to that stage is allowed to disappear.
I think this is a do-able sized undertaking that would be of great benefit to all beings in search of liberation.
In practical terms it would require a group of lay practitioners to come together to set up a small NFP - just like AFB. Charity status is great (but a lot more complicated) as it enables tax deduction on donations (very attractive for company/corporate donors). There are many online vehicles for fundraising. It would also allow groups of interested lay followers to undertake specific fundraising events… Just requires organisation…
An additional idea that is emerging for me, is that by having such an established entity, established temples with large followings etc could be approached and asked to support this. It would accomplish 2 things. 1) Educate the 4-fold Sangha about Bikkhunis, and inform them of the current issues. and 2) Allow them to express their compassion and earn merit by making a specific (or ongoing) donation to the group.
Then there would need to be a mechanism whereby nuns, not attached to formal supports, can be identified.
I suppose I’m envisioning a support service whose mission is to provide small scale requisite supports. The AFB is already focusing on the larger needs, but it seems that the things needed for living; food, shelter and medical supplies (requisites) are an essential, that is not being addressed in any systematic way.
I am ignorant of most of the issues, and have very limited understanding of the vinaya as it would impact on this - but still, that can be overcome and a system could be devised around it.
It would be a lot of work, but perhaps 6-8 people could be found. Great trees grow from small seeds…
Proliferation of thoughts from me for your consideration