? 10 photos tell the story!
The World of Tzu Chi | December 29, 2017 by Tzu Chi USA
2017 was a difficult year for so many people around the globe. Tzu Chi Relief was there to provide aid with attentive care and love. We’ve selected our top ten photos to recap our disaster relief and charity missions worldwide. As you view them, remember that it’s all because of you that we are able to be in all the places we’ve been to this year.
On September 19, 2017, just as thousands in Mexico had been commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake, another massive magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck, causing extensive damage and tremendous heartbreak. Tzu Chi Relief mobilized swiftly, our mission benefiting 10,355 households, and providing crucial medical outreach to 4,491 people.
The scenes of devastation in Santa Rosa, California, left a lasting impression on all, the fires that ignited on October 8th being the first of several tremendous wildfires that would burn over 245,000 acres. Our distributions provided financial aid that’s helping impacted families rise up from the ashes to rebuild their lives.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall near the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25, bringing days of relentless rain with it, and flooding entire communities. We began assessment in the hardest hit areas, and the mission that followed emerged as a milestone for Tzu Chi Relief, as we went on to provide $7,010,700 in disaster aid.
On August 14th, a horrendous tragedy was unleashed on the people of Sierra Leone, intense rain spurring a mudslide that tore down a crowded hillside in Regent, a town on the outskirts of Freetown, the nation’s capital. Our long term charity aid began post-Ebola, and continues providing hot meals and much-needed support.
The impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti lingers on, as many lost their homes and their only source of income, and haven’t recovered since then. Our long-term disaster aid distributions have benefited 286,500 individuals, focusing on the persistent demand for food, particularly in rural areas where the disaster heavily affected agriculture.
It seemed that as soon as the people of Ecuador had gotten back on their feet after last year’s earthquake, another disaster struck, flooding many of the same communities. We set out quickly, initiating a Cash-For-Relief program that provided 14,625 temporary job opportunities, and a total of $219,780 in aid.
The catastrophic power behind Hurricane Irma caused widespread damage, and our volunteers provided $386,000 in aid, benefiting 3,568 people in hard-hit areas like Immokalee, Everglades City, and Naples. In recognition of our efforts, Penny Taylor, Chairman of the Collier County Commissioners, proclaimed October 10 as “Tzu Chi Foundation Day” in Collier County.
When San Jose, California, was faced with record flooding after days of relentless downpours, over 14,000 residents evacuated with haste. We quickly organized, providing several distributions of cash cards, giving a total of $145,100 in financial aid that would help 1,750 impacted individuals begin to recover.
Thank You for Your Support!
Help us continue and do even more in 2018. The love you give through your year-end gift and recurring donations makes a real difference in the world. Thank you for your continuing generosity and Happy New Year to you and yours!
In order to get a tax-deductible Donation Receipt for 2017, you must complete your year-end gift by 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST on December 31 or it will be applied to 2018.