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Timeline of Relief Efforts in Haiti - 1/30 ~ 2/5

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Timeline of Relief Efforts in Haiti
1/30 ~ 2/5
1/12 ~ 1/24
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Tzu Chi’s Prior Relief Efforts in Haiti

Tzu Chi has previously provided aid to Haiti in 1998-1999, 2004 and 2009. In January 2009, Tzu Chi relief team in the Americas traveled to Haiti to provide relief after the country was struck by numerous hurricanes in 2008. Tzu Chi volunteers from the US, Dominican Republic and St. Martin provided supplies including rice, corn powder, cooking oil, sugar, salt, instant noodles, tarp, eco-friendly blankets, buckets (for food storage), vitamins, dental kits and a set of portable dental equipment, benefiting 3,343 households in poverty stricken areas in Port-au-Prince and Cité Soleil. There were also other long-term plans for charitable and medical assistance.


Date Event
February 5
  • On January 29, Tzu Chi relief team distributed aid to an orphanage in Pernier, benefiting 150 people (including orphans and staff). The goods distributed included instant corn powder, cooking oil, milk powder, beans, oatmeal, rice, gas stoves, as well as 300 sets of reusable utensils. Tzu Chi previously provided assistance to this orphanage in January 2009. At the orphanage, Tzu Chi volunteers led the children and the staff to pray for all the survivors and for a peaceful world. Both the Tzu Chi volunteers and the people at the orphanage had tears in their eyes as they prayed. Tzu Chi volunteers also taught the children a song called “The Spirit of Great Love,” and told them that as long as we have love in our hearts, we will not be defeated by challenges facing us.
  • On February 1, Tzu Chi conducted a large-scale distribution at IHCD in the city of Tabarre, benefiting approximately 3,000 people. The goods distributed included instant rice, instant corn powder and reusable utensils. The person responsible for IHCD, Nicole, expressed her gratitude to Tzu Chi. She said that Tzu Chi not only provided food to the survivors, most important of all, Tzu Chi showed respect and love when providing the aid, giving the survivors dignity and hope.
  • During the distribution, the USAID Senior Advisor for Special Project as well as deputy mayor of the city of Tabarre were present. Approximately 75 volunteers (including Tzu Chi relief team from the US and the Dominican Republic, Tzu Chi volunteers based in Haiti, local residents, Haitian police and peacekeepers) were mobilized to conduct this distribution.
  • Tzu Chi attended UN meeting and will continue to do so. Tzu Chi met up with the mayor of Tabarre and peacekeepers and police, as well as St. Mary Church and Impact of God Church to discuss details relating to its relief work program and large-scale distribution work.
  • Tzu Chi relief team held gathering with its local volunteers, local residents, Haitian police, Jordanian peacekeepers, etc., to discuss how to collaborate together to deliver aid in the long run, as well as to spread the spirit of selfless Great Love.
  • Tzu Chi relief goods (including tarps, tents, 500 portable restrooms, instant rice, instant corn powder, reusable utensils, eco-friendly blankets, medical kits, and other food) are continuously being shipped into Haiti.
  • On February 6-8, Tzu Chi medical team will provide medical & dental services in Tabarre.
  • Starting February 8, Tzu Chi will conduct a relief work program in the vicinity of the distribution sites (at St. Mary Church and Impact of God Church). For the initial phase, survivors will work to clean up the surrounding areas in exchange for food and cash from Tzu Chi. The relief work program will not only provide immediate needs to the survivors, it will also provide hope and love. Survivors/participants in the program will be working from 7am to 11am, and Tzu Chi will provide hot meals to them, and they can bring meals back home for their family. Each participant in the program will also receive wages, which will be paid on a weekly basis.
  • On February 10-11, Tzu Chi will be holding large-scale distributions and providing medical & dental services in Tabarre, benefiting over 10,000 survivors in the area. The mayor of the cit y of Tabarre will be attending and is very supportive of Tzu Chi’s relief efforts in the city.
  • Several small-scale distributions will also be held continuously, while large-scale distributions will be conducted on a weekly basis.
  • On February 12, Tzu Chi will work with local churches to conduct a prayer in the city of Tabarre (for over 10,000 people). Gatherings/trainings will be held continuously with local Tzu Chi volunteers, local residents, peacekeepers and police to spread the message of love and hope and to continue the cycle of love in Haiti in the long-run.
  • Tzu Chi will focus its relief work in the city of Tabarre. Tabarre has also been chosen by UN to be a place to accommodate other survivors.
  • Shifts of Tzu Chi volunteers from the USA, Dominican Republic and St. Martin that will be stationed in Haiti on a weekly basis (similar to what Tzu Chi did after the Sichuan earthquake). Tzu Chi USA is in the process of integrating nationwide volunteers and medical manpower and resources to be on standby for dispatch to Haiti in the long-run.
  • Tzu Chi continues to prepare for and emphasize the importance of mid- and long term relief in Haiti. In the next few weeks, Tzu Chi will gradually enter into mid-long term relief phase in Haiti.
  • Master Cheng Yen, the founder of Tzu Chi, continues to urge all volunteers to use selfless Great Love to help Haiti!


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