Tzu Chi Chronicles—Notable Highlights From Feb. 15 to Apr. 15, 2024

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2/16 to 3/14 – Volunteers continued providing hot meals and implementing a work relief program in the quake-stricken zone on the Noto Peninsula, while negotiating cash distribution relief.


2/25 Tzu Chi volunteers from Singapore and Malaysia have been stationed in Bodh Gaya for a year, carrying out charity work. In late February, they commenced the construction of 36 homes in Silaunja for needy households.


2/26 to 3/1 – Tzu Chi representatives attended the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly amidst global environmental challenges, advocating for sustainable solutions and sharing Tzu Chi’s efforts to protect the planet.

The United States

3/8 – Tzu Chi USA initiated distributions of cash cards to victims of a wildfire in Texas on March 8. The conflagration was the state’s largest-ever wildfire and the second-largest in US history.

Hong Kong

3/16 – Tzu Chi Hong Kong inaugurated a traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Yau Ma Tei on December 18, 2023. Following a three-month trial operation, an official opening ceremony took place on March 16. Besides outpatient services, the clinic collaborates with community organizations and charities to offer free medical services to the underprivileged.


4/3 – A strong earthquake hit on April 3. Tzu Chi volunteers quickly mobilized to provide aid. The first large-scale emergency cash distribution took place the day after the temblor, followed by four more distributions, benefiting 1,479 families. Housing repairs began soon afterwards.
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The Philippines

4/4 to 4/6 – One hundred and seventy-three medical workers and support volunteers traveled to the province of Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao to offer free medical services. Operating rooms provided by a government hospital and a gymnasium capable of accommodating 10,000 people were utilized for this mission. Each day, 250 security personnel maintained order. Services included dentistry, pediatrics, ophthalmology, internal medicine, and surgery, benefiting a total of 4,125 individuals.


4/13 – Cyclone Filipo struck in mid-March, affecting 54,000 people and damaging over 10,000 homes. Tzu Chi volunteers from the capital city of Maputo visited 8,974 households to compile aid recipient rosters. Distributions began on April 13, providing essentials such as food, soap, mosquito nets, water purification agents, and more. Additional seed packages were distributed in farming areas. By April 28, 7,828 families had received aid.

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