Emily Breder, author of Peace Ground Zero Blog, shares news that the Tzu Chi Foundation is on the ground now in Haiti. Tzu Chi (founded in 1966 by Ven. Master Cheng Yen) is the most engaged Buddhist organization I know of, almost always being first in the line of action in situations like this to offer help.
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From Tzu Chi’s press release:
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12 has caused catastrophic damages and casualties in the country, especially in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Tzu Chi USA headquarters immediately established an emergency coordination center to respond to the needs in Haiti. On January 13, meetings were held with Tzu Chi global headquarters, Tzu Chi USA’s regional directors throughout the nation, as well as other humanitarian organizations.
Tzu Chi global headquarters has initiated a global fundraising campaign to deliver the love from people around the globe to the affected people in Haiti. To kick off the global fundraising campaign, Tzu Chi volunteers in the US will hold a nationwide street fundraiser on January 16, 17, 23 and 24.
Tzu Chi’s relief team, including volunteers and doctors from the US and the Dominican Republic, is currently preparing to provide relief. Tzu Chi USA and global headquarters are preparing relief aid and medical supplies to be delivered to Haiti when possible. Currently, the situation in Haiti is unclear, and the international airport in Port-au-Prince is only open to urban rescue teams. Tzu Chi and other humanitarian organizations are in the process of investigating other routes into the country in order to provide aid.