By Anik Ghose
Welcome to Issue 66 of the Tzu Chi USA Journal. It’s with a heavy heart that I share some unfortunate news. A great man, role model, Tzu Chi volunteer, former CEO of Tzu Chi USA, and a friend to all, Han Huang or Bro Han, as many of us called him, has passed away.
Our feature story, “Honoring Han Huang’s Luminous Legacy,” offers an insightful and impactful retrospection of Bro Han’s life. His footprints of compassion in action inspire us all at Tzu Chi as we continue on this path. Han Huang’s legacy notably motivates Tzu Chi youth, the next generation of volunteers. With that in mind, several stories in this issue focus on youth and the future.
This year, 2022, marks three active decades of the Tzu Chi Collegiate Association (TCCA). In our cover story, “One More Candle to the Light: Celebrating 30 Years of Youth Empowerment,” we will learn more about the TCCA. Furthermore, in August, the 2022 TCCA Leadership Conference took place at Tzu Chi USA’s Northwest Region office in San Jose, California. You can read about it in our feature, “Reflections on TCCA’s 30th Annual Leadership Conference.”
Our portrait, “A Safe Haven for Ukrainian Children Sheltered in Poland,” takes us to Europe to catch up on Tzu Chi’s continued aid for Ukrainians who escaped the war in their homeland. This project benefits children from an orphanage whose future opportunities may improve thanks to the care they receive while in Poland.
Finally, as we approach the year’s final quarter, fundraising to support our ongoing missions is vital. Our portrait, “To Help and to Heal: Tzu Chi’s Global Giving Tuesday Journey,” recaps such efforts on #GivingTuesday. By broadening awareness and sharing the work of our volunteers, we hope to inspire donations as part of this “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.”
Through revealing the ripples of compassion and good deeds, may this issue uplift you.