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2004 Asian Tsunami

Tzu Chi Holds Second Free Clinic in Sri Lanka Town

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 Tzu Chi Foundation

Last week, March 10, Tzu Chi held its second large-scale free clinic in the Sri Lankan town of Ratnapura, treating over 2,000 patients in three days. It held the first at the same venue in August last year. 

It was the tsunami in December 2004 that brought the foundation to Sri Lanka. In addition to providing emergency relief, it built a school and a Great Love village for survivors of the disasters; it earned a good reputation among the government and the public. Last August, the president’s office asked the foundation to hold a free clinic in Ratnapura, a district with a population of more than one million people in the southwest of the island; it is famous for gem mining and the cultivation of rice, fruit, tea and rubber... Full Story

A New School for Hambantota

Thu, 01 May 2008 Tzu Chi Foundation
In an attempt to recover from the awful destruction, the government of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, decided to build a resettlement village for citizens displaced by the disaster. Tzu Chi responded to the call by building 649 residential units. They comprise the heart of the Tzu Chi Great Love Village (or more simply, "The Village"). They were officially opened in April 2006, and turned over to selected tsunami survivors for occupancy. 

Without a pause, Tzu Chi followed with a second phase of construction. Community buildings, including a school and a community center with a medical clinic, were constructed to augment the houses... Full Story

A Life of Quality and Value

Fri, 25 Apr 2008 Master Cheng Yen

Three years ago, a huge undersea earthquake centered off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered a series of devastating tsunamis. 

Within 60 hours, Tzu Chi managed to mobilize many volunteers to transport emergency supplies and medical care to the disaster sites in Sri Lanka. Those relief missions would not have been possible without the efforts made by Tzu Chi volunteers and many kind-hearted people, including Taiwanese businessmen working in Sri Lanka, people who donated money or goods, physicians and other medical personneland people who helped transport goods and medical supplies to the survivors.

No sooner had the volunteers settled the victims in temporary quarters than they began initiating a plan for constructing permanent homes for them. The Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Sri Lanka opened in 2007. More than 600 tsunami-displaced families moved into their new homes. Tzu Chi National School, built within the compound of the village, was opened in January 2008... Full Story

My Friends, My Family

Sat, 25 Jun 2005 Tzu Chi Foundation
Tzu Chi, you are so dear to me.
Memories of the past keep coming back.
It was a moment of misery
For those who witnessed and experienced it.
Every second of those moments
We fought bravely to save valuable lives.
Dear love, because you always bring happiness to me.

Four members of the Samidon family presented this poem to the Tzu Chi volunteers that had stood shoulder-to-shoulder with them for almost two months in Sri Lanka... Full Story

Turning Despair into Hope

Sat, 25 Jun 2005 Tzu Chi Foundation
After the tsunami struck and destroyed our home, our entire family was forced to live for 12 days in the forest. We escaped death with only the clothes on our backs. Our possessions had been carried away by the huge waves; we owned no clean clothes in which to change, and we did not have enough food to eat or enough water for a shower. We were terrified and exhausted. 

As if our situation was not dire enough, my nephew began to suffer from severe diarrhea. We waited for the illness to pass... Full Story

Strength to Stand Again

Mon, 25 Apr 2005 Tzu Chi Foundation
Within 36 hours after the earthquake, Tzu Chi made a decision to send a medical team of 36 doctors, nurses and volunteers to Sri Lanka via Singapore with 1,800 kilograms (3,968 pounds) of medicine and relief goods. 

The Tzu Chi team arrived on December 30. With assistance from Graetian Gunawardhana of the Lions's Club of Colombo and Anil de Silva of the Leader Day Company, the team visited the Minister of Health before taking buses to Hambantota, 240 kilometers away. They immediately set up a medical station so that they could begin helping the local hospitals, which were seriously inundated with injured patients... Full Story  

Tzu Chi Medical Teams to Sri Lanka

Mon, 25 Apr 2005 Tzu Chi Foundation
The tsunami washed away all the pharmacies in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. There was only one local hospital in the area, and it was impossible for the staff to prescribe all the necessary medicine for the vast and sudden influx of patients. The Tzu Chi medical station opened six days after the disaster, and within three weeks had served over 12,000 people.

On the afternoon of December 28, the Hualien Tzu Chi Medical Center received instructions from the Tzu Chi Foundation to immediately begin preparing to send medicine and medical equipment to tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka... Full Story

Their Future Home

Fri, 25 Mar 2005 Tzu Chi Foundation
 Just six months after the disaster, work started on a Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Siribopura. Homes, a community center, stores and even a school promises to bring new vitality to a community devastated by the tsunami. In Sri Lankan, the name Siribopura means "beautiful city." For those that are witnessing the birth of the Great Love Village in Siribopura, the future is indeed very beautiful.

Seven Tzu Chi volunteers specializing in construction, carpentry, plumbing and electricity arrived in Sri Lanka from Taiwan on June 21, 2005... Full Story