Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has already launched its disaster relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. A first shipment of 30,000 blankets and 60,000 instant rice meals departed for the disaster region on November 12. On November 13, volunteer disaster assessment and medical teams traveled from Manila to the disaster region to begin the first stage of disaster assessment and relief for survivors. The medical team, comprised of 10 doctors and nurses from Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA), will help provide immediate medical services to those who need them. Following initial assessment, volunteers will provide care and relief according to the specific needs of disaster survivors.
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, left behind a wide swath of destruction as it raged through the Philippines last week. Death toll estimates are above 2,500, and as rescue efforts have been slowed by the enormous scope of the disaster region, casualties may continue to rise. More than half a million people have been left without homes, in dire need of food, clean drinking water, and medical care.
Dharma Master Cheng Yen reminds us, "The untroubled should look after the suffering." At this moment, we should be grateful that our families are safe, our lives peaceful, and our society harmonious, so that we have this opportunity to share our blessings with others. Let us gather our kind thoughts and compassion together. To help us help the survivors of typhoon Haiyan, pleasedonate through our website or through our donor hotline: (888) 989-8244 (9am-6pm PST). You will find continuous updates about the relief efforts on Tzu Chi USAwebsite.
Gratefully, Han Huang, CEO of Tzu Chi Foundation USA
Natural disasters cannot be avoided, but good thoughts can help mitigate disasters.
-words of wisdom from Dharma Master Cheng Yen
About Tzu Chi
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen. Since then, Tzu Chi has grown to be an international humanitarian organization with nearly 10 million volunteers and supporters in over 50 countries, providing relief in over 80 countries around the world. The foundation dedicates itself in the fields of charity, medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief work and the establishment of one of the world's largest bone marrow donor registries. It also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism.
In 1984, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in the U.S. registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in California. In 1989, the first office in the U.S. was established in Alhambra, California. Since then, more than 80 offices and facilities have been established with over 100,000 donors and volunteers in the U.S. working to make a difference in their local communities.
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Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen, who was named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in year 2011. Tzu Chi Foundation has provided disaster relief over 70 countries with twenty million supporting members around the world.