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International Disaster Relief

The farmers were eager to receive their allocation of rice seeds, and bade the volunteers farewell with a friendly wave as a token of gratitude. [Photograph by Julie Yen Yu Chu]

Repeated occurrences of natural disasters and the prevalence of pests have taken a toll on the income of local farmers in Myanmar. But the devastating floods of 2018 – the most severe in Myanmar’s history – compounded the dire circumstances of impoverished local farmers. In November 2018, Tzu Chi volunteers were dispatched to the disaster zone to distribute mung bean seeds to the farmers. Tzu Chi continued to extend aid to the farmers by organizing a 10-day rice seed distribution mission from February 16 to 25, 2019, in an effort to help local farmers regain their livelihood.

Volunteers worked under the scorching sun to harvest the ripe mung beans. They experienced the farmers’ hardship and shared their joy of harvest. [Photograph by Julie Yen Yu Chu]

Besides distributing material aid to Myanmarese farmers, Tzu Chi volunteers reached further into their lives through home visits and learn more about their living conditions as it is equally important to bring spiritual comfort, love and care to the aid recipients.

Sending love and prayers to the affected areas. [Photograph by Ng Hai Ming]

Tzu Chi Foundation launched its relief missions after an earthquake hit Indonesia on September 28, 2018. Tzu Chi Chapters worldwide have also been holding prayers and soliciting public donations to help the quake victims, hoping that the collective kindness from all can bring peace to the world.

Tan Chuan Xiong (left) presented the donation receipt to Lee Kah Chun, thanking him for inspiring a hundred people to make a total donation of RM6,699 for the Indonesian quake victims. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]

How much impact can a photo have? Lee Kah Chun had never thought that a single photo can bring together the love of a hundred people to the Indonesia quake victims. He was grateful that while giving what he could for those in need, he found more motivation and courage to live on.

Photo shows the Village Chief (left) presenting the cash relief sincerely to the victims with other volunteers. [Photograph by Tang Chee Onn]

The collapse of the river embankment at Kapar Batu 5 due to huge tidal waves had caused flooding to residences in Kampung Sementak. Upon learning the news on October 18, 2016, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately visited the fire-fighters stationed at the disaster site, the temporary shelter and the victims’ home. An aid distribution was held on the morning of October 22 to soothe the aching hearts of 44 affected families.

The Syrian civil war erupted in 2011 has claimed 200,000 lives and displaced an estimated 4 million people, most of whom are now refugees. As Turkey shares the border with Syria, and due to its geographical locality, it has become the stepping stone for the refugees to enter Europe. Ever since the start of the civil war, Turkey has housed the most Syrians refugees, up to 2.73 million.


The death toll of the recent Hurricane Matthew that destructed Haiti has risen to 877 people. With a total population of 10 million, more than one-fifth of Haitians are affected. The country has 1.4 million people in urgent need of assistance. Following the 2010 earthquake, this is the fiercest humanitarian crisis.    
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 11:34

Send Love to Tainan Earthquake Victims

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Sincerely pray for the victims and family members and wish them well

At 3.57 am on February 6, 2016, an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked Taiwan, in Meinong District of Kaohsiung. The earthquake, with a depth of around 16.7 km, caused widespread damage and the collapse of a residential building, named Weiguan Jinlong in Yongkang District, Tainan. In total, 116 people were killed and more than 500 injured.