About Tzu Chi
ABOUT TZU CHI FOUNDATION: Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-profit organization, has been founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng, a Buddhist nun in the impoverished east coast of Taiwan. Dharma Master Cheng Yen strongly believes that “lack of love for others” has been the root of many problems in this world and has caused many sufferings to the people. Thus, “To save the world, we must begin by transforming human hearts.” Bearing the name itself, “Tzu Chi” [Tzu means compassion and Chi means relief] devotes itself to give a relief wrapped in great love.
Since its founding, Tzu Chi Foundation dedicate itself in the service of the people though Mission of Charity, Medicine, Education, Environmental Protection as well as the promotion of humanistic values and community volunteerism. Tzu Chi volunteers living in abroad began setting up overseas chapters in the year 1985. They used their money that they have earned in their country of residence to help the poor and the needy in their local communities.
Despite the adverse effects of earthquake, a glimmer of hope came to Bohol. This catastrophe became a bridge for Tzu Chi volunteers to arrive in the province and spread the seeds of love. With kindness and compassion, the dedicated and selfless volunteers arrived in Bohol and lead the way of addressing the basic necessities of the residents. They went to various places around the province especially to the badly hit barangays and municipalities to provide relief goods, sleeping materials, cash assistance and other basic needs. Driven by their desire to respond to the needs of earthquake victims as quickly as possible, Tzu Chi Foundation has organized its 171st Medical Mission in Bohol on October 20, 2013.
“Never forget Bohol” –Master Cheng Yen reminded the Tzu Chi volunteers upon seeing how the Boholanos need services aside from immediate relief. Hence, a local operations office was established on December 12, 2014, which up until now continuously lends a hand to the people with great love, and inspires them to help others without any doubt as well.