Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation

Aug 24th
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One Year After Earthquake in Nepal

Nepal is a country nestling below the majestic Himalaya Mountains; it is also the birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha 2,500 years ago. On April 25 a year ago, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 devastated the country, caused thousands of deaths and destroyed over 800,000 buildings. On hearing the news, the Tzu Chi Foundation immediately began preparing relief materials; within two days, on April 27, the first Tzu Chi Disaster Relief and Medical Team departed for Nepal. During the first period of emergency relief, a total of 10 teams of volunteers arrived in the country. They provided and distributed hot meals, organized free medical clinics and gave comfort and psychological support to the survivors.

Later, the period of mid- and long-term relief work started. Tzu Chi planned to reconstruct schools and hospitals and repair a temple. At the same time, Tzu Chi volunteers from other countries and regions accompanied local volunteers in doing charity work. Inspired by Buddha’s teaching that all men are equal, Nepali volunteers are shouldering the responsibility of bringing goodness to those people in need.

It has been a year since the earthquake stuck. Nepali volunteers continue to conduct monthly visits, organize free clinics and build temporary classrooms for children so that they can continue their studies. The Great Love which Tzu Chi brought has spread in the country.

Nepali Students Joyful at Tzu Chi Prefab Classroom

Nepali Students Joyful at Tzu Chi Prefab Classroom June 24 was a joyful day for the students of Bagiswori Higher Secondary School in Bhaktapur, Nepal. They were able to return to a proper classroom for the first time since a terrible earthquake devastated their country on April 25. It badly damaged a part of the school, affecting about 700 students. Since then, they have been attending classes in a crowded corridor, inconvenient for them and teachers alike. To enable them to return to a normal environment, the Tzu Chi Foundation decided to build prefab classrooms. Volunteers put up the structure of the first classroom in eight working days and it formally went into operation on June 24. On June 22, teachers and students could not contain their curiosity and went to see their new setting.Read more...

Pledge with Gratitude

Pledge with Gratitude Mr. Basant K. Chaudhary, a member of the Chaudhary Family of Nepal, enjoys liter... Read more...

Tea Ceremony for Elderlies by Young Nepalese Volunteers

Tea Ceremony for Elderlies by Young Nepalese Volunteers A tea ceremony to express gratitude to the elderlies was organized in Maheswori ... Read more...

Gratefulness Expressed Through Participation

Gratefulness Expressed Through Participation Sixteen-year-old Sunita from Maheswori tent community wrote a letter to express ... Read more...

Red Riding Hood Versus The Bugs

Red Riding Hood Versus The Bugs Schools in the quake affected Bhaktapur district are finally ready to open. But ... Read more...
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