Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Global Relief Efforts

By Adriana DiBenedetto

Taiwan

Photo/Xu Yaoming
Photo/You Junhong

On May 14, 2023, the Tzu Chi community gathers at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei to celebrate three occasions: Buddha’s Birthday (Vesak), Mother’s Day, and Global Tzu Chi Day marking its 57th anniversary. The celebration resumed for the first time in three years after being interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nepal

Volunteers from Nepal, Singapore, and Malaysia gather in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha, to organize a sports festival for local children. Running from March 24–28, 2023, students from 25 local schools participate in five wonderful days’ worth of engaging events. Photo/Huang Ju-Cheng

On April 12, 2023, Tzu Chi Foundation donates eco-blankets to students at a school for people with low vision in Nepal, providing warmth and comfort during harsh winter months. Photo/DA.AI TV

Poland

Tzu Chi initiates Polish language classes for Ukrainian refugees in Poland on April 1, 2023, boosting not only vital communication skills, but personal confidence and autonomy. Photo/Serhii Yerzov

On April 1, 2023, volunteers from Taiwan, Ukraine, the United States, Poland, and other countries successfully complete a care package distribution for older Ukrainian refugees in Lublin. Photo/Serhii Yerzov

Dominican Republic

In 2000, Tzu Chi established an elementary school in La Romana, a city on the Dominican Republic’s Caribbean coast. With the arrival of Tzu Chi’s 24th anniversary, volunteers actively plan an alumni reunion event to be held on the afternoon of March 10, 2023. Volunteer Ramon Martinez (right) is a Tzu Chi alum himself, and both of Juana Garcia’s (left) children are also graduates of La Romana Tzu Chi Elementary School. Photo/Tzu Chi Dominican Republic

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