Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by a Buddhist nun, Venerable Master Cheng Yen, in the rural, poor eastern coast of Taiwan initially offering food and medical relief for the poor. As she herself lived a simple, austere life, she encouraged her supporters to save equivalent US$0.02 a day in the belief that even if we are poor, we can help others. Eventually, she and her supporters saved enough to offer food relief to the local poor.
Tzu Chi has expanded to all five major continents of the world with chapters and offices in 50 countries, and provides aid to over 90 nations. Today, Tzu Chi’s major missions are:
- Charity – Educating the rich to help the poor; inspiring the poor to realize their riches;
- Medicine – Patient-centered medical care that respects patients as teachers;
- Education – Educating children to be moral and upright; and,
- Humanistic Culture – Recording the examples of goodness and integrity for future generations.
- International Relief – Caring for people in suffering in the global village;
- Bone Marrow Donation – Donating your marrow to save a life without harming yourself;
- Environmental Protection – Practicing environmental protection to live in harmony with Mother Earth; and,
- Community Volunteers – By supporting and caring for each other, they make a beautiful neighborhood.
The shared goal of Tzu Chi volunteers is to cultivate sincerity, integrity, faith, and honesty within while exercising kindness, compassion, joy, and selflessness to humanity through concrete actions.
To learn more about Tzu Chi Foundation, you can visit their website at Tzu Chi USA.