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Offline kirtu

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Tzu Chi USA Establishes an Emergency Coordination Center
« on: January 19, 2010, 08:54:19 pm »
Tzu Chi Establishes an Emergency Coordination Center and Initiates a Nationwide Fundraising Campaign on January 16 and 17

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Tzu Chi volunteers from the US, Dominican Republic and St. Martin provided supplies such as rice, corn powder, cooking oil, sugar, salt, instant noodles, tarp, eco-friendly blankets, plastic cloths, buckets (for food storage purpose), vitamins, dental kits and a set of portable dental equipment, benefiting 3,343 households in poverty areas in Port-au-Prince and Cite Soleil. There were also long-term plans for other charitable and medical assistance.



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Re: Tzu Chi USA Establishes an Emergency Coordination Center
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 12:24:41 am »
Tzu Chi Establishes an Emergency Coordination Center and Initiates a Nationwide Fundraising Campaign on January 16 and 17

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Tzu Chi volunteers from the US, Dominican Republic and St. Martin provided supplies such as rice, corn powder, cooking oil, sugar, salt, instant noodles, tarp, eco-friendly blankets, plastic cloths, buckets (for food storage purpose), vitamins, dental kits and a set of portable dental equipment, benefiting 3,343 households in poverty areas in Port-au-Prince and Cite Soleil. There were also long-term plans for other charitable and medical assistance.





For anyone who may not know this organization is truly remarkable.

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Re: Tzu Chi USA Establishes an Emergency Coordination Center
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010, 04:44:55 am »
I like these guys.  Tzu Chi (pronounced "zhi gee'), has done a lot of disaster relief work in China and Taiwan.  In 1999 a 7.6 earthquake devastated areas of central Taiwan and Tzu Chi paid for scores of new schools and hospitals in the region.  Their construction of these buildings is top-notch and distinctive.  Here's an example:



The wikipedia article is a good place to start for background on this group:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzu_Chi

They have several website in Chinese and English.  Here's the page for their US branch:
http://www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.nsf/home/index?OpenDocument

 
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Re: Tzu Chi USA Establishes an Emergency Coordination Center
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010, 10:07:22 am »
Thank you for posting this. Very impressed with Tzu Chi and all they are doing.

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2010, 10:16:31 am »
Wow.

I am astonished that I have not heard about them before.

It may be because their profile in the UK is not as high as elsewhere.  I hope it grows into a truly global force for good. :)

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2010, 07:20:46 pm »
Lazy-eye,
Yeshe,

I don't know why, but Tzu Chi has grown rapidly in Asia, Latin America, and the US, but has only a modest presence in the EU.  I could only find one UK contact address:

Tel. No.: +44 (020) 88684627
E-mail:media@tzuchi.org.uk
Office Address: 88 Norman Crescent, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3QL U.K.

They've grown enormously in the Chinese-speaking world over the past couple of decades.  The nun behind the foundation, Master Cheng Yen, is a great inspiration to volunteers here.  There are Tzu Chi branches all over Taiwan, and a Tzu Chi TV station.  There are Tzu hospitals here, Tzu Chi schools (including a medical school), recycling centers, and on and on.  The impact has been culturally transformative.  Tzu Chi schools, for example, have raised the standards above and beyond building codes and hum-drum aesthetics (according to my taste, obviously).  In medicine, Cheng Yen has convinced people to overcome traditional taboos.  In Tzu Chi medical schools, for example, a dozen students may have to learn from a single cadaver, but the 100-200 is the norm in other schools (I am quoting from memory, and the Tzu Chi influence may have impacted this high figure in non-Tzu Chi medical colleges).  

Cheng Yen tells the story of being inspired by Catholic relief work in Taiwan.  As a novice she encountered a Catholic nun who asked her why Buddhists didn't get very much involved in compassionate work in the world.  Cheng Yen couldn't think of any good reason why this should be the case so she resolved to address this problem in own work.  Boy, has she ever!

Tzu Chi is the only Buddhist group I have given serious thought to joining.  I may do so one day.  In the meantime, I support their efforts with small donations from time to time.

heybai
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