Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Provides Immediate Rescue Response after Taiwan Earthquake
Press Release | February 9, 2016 by Tzu Chi USA
Taiwan-Based International Disaster-Relief Organization Providing Medical Services, Hot Meals, Emergency Cash, Clothing and Counseling to Hundreds in Need
SAN DIMAS, Calif. – Feb. 9, 2016 – Immediately after the 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan on Feb. 6, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation immediately mobilized its disaster team to help the displaced, injured, and families of the many still trapped in the rubble.
As of Feb. 7, Tzu Chi has deployed and mobilized 928 volunteers, including 14 doctors and nurses to provide emergency medical services; it has provided thousands of hot meals, warm clothing, eco-friendly blankets, multi-function foldable beds, and portable heaters to affected families. Tzu Chi is also providing financial assistance and emotional support to many injured survivors who are being treated in six hospitals. For updates on relief news and global Tzu Chi projects, please visit tw.tzuchi.org/en/.
“The Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan are still on-site assisting emergency relief workers and affected families,” said Dr. Han Kuei Huang, CEO of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in the United States. “Meantime, Tzu Chi volunteers in the United States are encouraging our local communities to donate and pray for speedy recovery to affected families in Taiwan.
“We hope that the start of the Lunar New Year will provide great encouragement and that the love and care from the global Tzu Chi family and on-site volunteers will pave the way to a speedy recovery for the people of Tainan.”
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s U.S. offices are currently collecting donations to support survivors of the Tainan Earthquake. You can help now by donating online at www.tzuchi.us/donate/taiwanquake or by check payable to Tzu Chi. Please indicate “disaster relief fund” on the memo line and mail your check to Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation at 1100 S. Valley Center Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773. Donations received from Feb. 5–29, 2016, will be solely directed to support the disaster relief in Tainan. For more information, please contact (909) 447-7799, ext. 500. The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation donation hotline is (888) 9TzuChi or (888) 989-8244.
About Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, whose name means "compassion and relief," is an international humanitarian organization with special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Founded by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in 1966, it is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with four major missions: charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture. The foundation engages in international disaster relief, community volunteerism, and environmental protection. The organization has about 10 million volunteers and donors in 50 countries and has provided aid in 90 countries. In United States alone, Tzu Chi has 82 offices and facilities in 28 states. For more information, please visit www.tzuchi.us.