By Anik Ghose
Welcome to Tzu Chi USA Journal Issue #62, the focus of which is Education. At Tzu Chi, we firmly believe that Education is the foundation of knowledge, the root of self-improvement, and the hope for an ever-improving world with opportunities for all.
In our cover story, “When Excellence and Heart Combine in Education” we announce
that two of Tzu Chi’s educational institutions in California received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) in 2021.
Our first feature story, “Growing up With Tzu Chi in Bayview-Hunters Point,” then reveals how one student has blossomed over the years through Tzu Chi’s ongoing educational and charity support in the Hunters Point community.
This issue also honors two wonderful anniversaries for Tzu Chi in the Americas. In our feature “Celebrating 20 Years of Medical Outreach by Tzu Chi Fresno,” we join the Tzu Chi Fresno medical outreach team in looking back with gratitude and joy at two decades of dedicated service.
Continuing on the theme of rejoicing, we travel south to Ecuador in our third feature,
“Ecuadorians for Ecuadorians: A Circle of Care Provides Food During the Pandemic,” as two Tzu Chi Ecuador volunteers who have been part of the story from the beginning, Jenyffer Ruiz and Boris Garcia, share about their journey of service and what they’re accomplishing since COVID-19 brought additional hardship to their nation.
Our last feature, “Helping Asia in the Fight Against COVID-19,” shares insights and updates on the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s relief work as the pandemic continues on the Asian continent. Aid has encompassed the delivery of oxygen tanks to the next epicenter, India, and assistance to Taiwan in getting over five million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.
Our issue then offers two portraits that further reveal the scope of Tzu Chi USA’s educational initiatives. “Thanking Our Dharma Friends in Prison for a Precious Connection” presents the Chuan Fong Correspondence Program, bringing spiritual support and Buddhist teachings to inmates across the United States. It’s a portrait that’s near and dear to us since sending the Tzu Chi USA Journal to inmates is also part of the program, and we greatly value the readership of our friends living behind bars.
In our second portrait, “Students Are the Future,” we take a look at the educational support offered by Tzu Chi Hawaii (Pacific) and Tzu Chi Washington D.C. in their respective regions.
We hope you enjoy reading Tzu Chi USA Journal Issue #62!