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Tzu Chi’s Global Efforts

by Sophie X. Song, Adriana DiBenedetto

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Taiwan

The United Nations Interagency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development

(IATF-Religion) appoints the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to serve as one of the four co-chairs on the Multi-faith Advisory Council (MFAC), with a term of two years. The MFAC was founded on September 21, 2019, in New York. Photo/United Nations

Chile

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Chile’s economy hard. On November 7, Tzu Chi volunteers hold a relief distribution at the Liceo Carmela Carvajal, a local middle school, aiding 200 families during this difficult time. A simultaneous medical outreach event provides free vision treatment to seniors at the school. Photo/Santiago Service Center. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Chile’s economy hard. On November 7, Tzu Chi volunteers hold a relief distribution at the Liceo Carmela Carvajal, a local middle school, aiding 200 families during this difficult time. A simultaneous medical outreach event provides free vision treatment to seniors at the school. Photo/Santiago Service Center. 

Dominican Republic

Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan donate 12,000 pairs of slippers to communities in the Dominican Republic. On November 5, Tzu Chi volunteers from the regional Service Center deliver these items to the Fundación La Merced, a non-profit that provides safety, care, and services for youths who have been exploited by child labor. Photo/Dominican Republic Service Center

Brazil

Tzu Chi volunteers visit the Associação Das Mães Dos Autistas De Ferraz De Vasconcelos (AMAFV), a center designed for children with autism in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 12. There, volunteers provide baskets of food, household items, and more supplies to families and children to help them through the pandemic. Photo/Brazil Service Center

Argentina

Argentina’s economy and the livelihoods of its people have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 11, Tzu Chi volunteers travel to Lujan, Quilmes, to distribute supplies to households affected by the pandemic, hoping that they, too, can have a happy holiday. Photo/Guiman Zhong

Serbia

As winter approaches, Tzu Chi volunteers visit a Serbian refugee camp from November 25 to 27 to distribute warm winter jackets, and offer their most heartfelt hopes and wishes for the holidays. Photo/Dejan Aksentijevi

Jordan

Tzu Chi volunteers in Jordan hold a winter distribution from November 9 to December 17, distributing daily essentials such as rice, beans, and cooking oil to long-term care recipients. The volunteers also provide Vaseline (pictured) to help protect their skin from extreme dry weather conditions. It is hoped that these families will have enough food to get through the winter. Photo/Jordan Service Center

Indonesia

Mount Semeru, a volcano in East Java, Indonesia, erupted on December 4. On December 18, Tzu Chi volunteers from the Surabaya Service Center travel into the impacted area “for their third distribution since the eruption, and provide 2,000 disaster relief care packages, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, sarongs, and large towels. Photo/Diyang Yoga Wicaksana

Thailand

From December 8 to 10, Tzu Chi volunteers hold a relief distribution for refugees in Thailand, providing a financial subsidy and additional daily necessities. Photo/Pinti Su

Tzu Chi’s medical outreach team in Thailand provide free rapid COVID-19 virus tests for refugees on December 13. Photo/Pinti Su

Cambodia

On December 17, the government of Battambang Province and Tzu Chi’s Cambodia Service Center collaborate to provide eco-blankets to 600 families. Photo/Shuzhen Huang

Myanmar

When Tzu Chi volunteers discovered that an orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar, faced supply shortages, Tzu Chi’s Myanmar Service Center joined hands with the Myanmar Taiwanese Business Association to donate food and stationery on November 11 and 14. Photo/Nay Thura

Malaysia

The west coast of Malaysia experienced severe flooding due to heavy rains, with the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and Selangor being the hardest-hit areas. In response to the disaster, Tzu Chi volunteers call upon more than 1,000 people to help with the cleanup efforts. Photo/Guiye Lee

Australia

Tzu Chi’s Gold Coast Service Center distributes supplies to refugees living in Australia on December 2 to ensure families will have enough food amid challenges brought forth by the ongoing pandemic. Photo/Yunhua Peng

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