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A Relay of Love – Aid for Hurricane Mathew Victims

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Residential houses in Haiti lay in ruins in the aftermath of Hurricane Mathew. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi USA)

On 4 October of this year, Hurricane Matthew, a powerful Category 5 tropical cyclone, swept through the southwest region of Haiti in the Caribbean, leaving in its wake a catastrophic death toll of more than 900, as well as damages to the homes of more than 1 million people. Within a week of the storm’s landfall, a Tzu Chi disaster assessment team comprising volunteers from Haiti and the US visited two hardest-hit cities. After assessing the storm survivors’ needs, Tzu Chi offices in Taiwan and the United States promptly commenced preparation for its first shipment of aid to the storm-ravaged land of Haiti.

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After a Long Night

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A sugar apple orchard lies in ruins after Typhoon Nepartak. The storm inflicted damages estimated at NT$800 million (US$25 million) on farm crops in Taitung County, with sugar apple cultivation suffering the greatest loss. (Photo by Yang Shun-bin)

Super Typhoon Nepartak made landfall in eastern Taiwan early in the morning on July 8, 2016, tearing roofs off buildings, forcing thousands to evacuate from their homes, and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Overnight the flourishing sugar apple crop, almost ready to harvest, was scattered all over the ground. Even if farmers took up their shovels and replanted the trees, it would be three or four years before there would be another harvest.

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Tzu Chi Youths Embrace Humanity

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The 2016 Singapore Tzu Ching Youth Camp aimed to instill the virtues of gratitude, respect and love in participants by bringing them to the Evergreen Place home for the elderly for a visit. (Photo by Fang Qiao Lin)

A three-day youth camp for Tzu Chings (members of Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association) was held from the 23rd to the 25th of September 2016. In consideration that today’s youth live life at a fast pace in an age of high technology, and that many spend long hours immersed in the virtual world, Tzu Chi Singapore’s youth curriculum team crafted a series of activities that sought to address this. The programme was packed with creative and interesting activities that covered everything from experiential learning to analysis by inference.

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Tzu Chi Plans for Relief in Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

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Tzu Chi volunteers making their way down a street in a city in Haiti, to survey the damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi Taiwan)

Hurricane Matthew, weighing in at Category 5, is the strongest hurricane in a decade to hit the Atlantic region. It churned the Caribbean coasts on 4th October 2016 and unleashed destruction on Haiti, killing more than 900 lives. The country, one of the poorest in the Americas, now faces a humanitarian crisis with hundreds of thousands of residents in need of aid, housing, and medical care. A growing cholera outbreak threatens to make the situation even worse……

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The Earth is More Than Just a Sphere

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“Auntie, save the earth, love the earth, it is more than just a sphere!” A group of Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool students, hot on their mission to spread awareness of recycling, tell members of the public. (Photo by Nichelle Chan)

Children’s Day is usually a day where the little ones get to enjoy themselves and have fun, but the Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool has a special way of celebrating this event. Its students get to go outdoors and engage in earth loving activities, such as picking up litter, beach cleaning, and spreading the word to go green. Through allowing the young children to contribute their efforts instead of receiving presents, the PreSchool hopes that they will realize that being able to give is more fortunate than receiving.

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TIMA Replaces Bitter Pain with Sweet Joy in Cambodia

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There is evident joy on the expectant mother’s face as she witnessed the miracle of life growing in her womb through the ultrasound-scan. (Photo by Leong Chian Yee)

“Originally, my head was aching and so were my chest and joints. But thanks to the kind doctors here, my body is finally free of pain now,” said Ny Saly, a patient at the Tzu Chi free clinic that was held by Tzu Chi Malaysia in August this year in Cambodia’s Pursat Province. She bowed patiently with hands clasped in a grateful posture alongside countless other thankful patients who wanted to thank the doctors and nurses who had treated their various ailments.

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A Tzu Chi Donor Becomes a Street Fundraiser

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Great Love has no boundaries across race and religion; Tzu Chi inspires love from the man in the street as its volunteers busily solicit charity funds during the street fundraiser.  (Photo by Tam Sam Ba)

“In the past I was a donor, I never expected that I would be bowing 90 degrees to raise funds from passersby,” said Zheng Wen Chuan, an entrepreneur and first-time participant in Tzu Chi’s flag day. On 24 September 2016, the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) had its second such flag day, and with manpower equivalent to 559 volunteers, solicited funds from the public with the aim of inspiring love and kindness all around. 

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Rice From Taiwan Alleviates Hunger in Haiti

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Volunteers distribute the rice with their characteristic manner of gratitude, respect and love, bringing hope and confidence to the locals. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi Taiwan)

An earthquake had rocked Haiti six years ago, but even today, it is common to see the locals forage for food among the rubbish, side by side with domestic animals. Outside the gates of a school in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, Tzu Chi volunteers from Haiti and the US saw the heart-rending sight of a pair of shirtless three- or four-year-old children foraging for food together with some pigs and goats. They stuffed whatever edible they could find into their mouths……

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