Update: Tzu Chi’s continuing relief aid to the survivors after Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines

Report
from Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Published on 07 Dec 2016

Tzu Chi’s humanitarian aid to the survivors after typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in Philippines) has lasted for over 3 years from 2013 until now. Relief projects includes food distributions, cash for relief, housing projects, vocational training programs, rebuilding projects, environmental projects, medical services, volunteer training programs, etc. Though Tacloban city, the most damaged area in the typhoon, is far away form Manila, there is no distance too far that it cannot be reached to a loving heart.

As the Tzu Chi Philippines will conduct a rice distribution from Taiwan to the survivors in Tacloban in Dec this year, volunteers were divided into groups for home visitations for a better understanding of the local residents’ living conditions. They have visited more than 2000 families within the 5-day trip, in which 1700 of the families were qualified to receive the rice. With the rice distribution beginning soon, Tzu Chi volunteers continue visiting each family and record their living conditions.

The weather there is unsettled, sometimes sunny but rainy mostly. After a great damage brought by Typhoon Haiyan, residents nearby the sea region had to rebuild their homes with planks or sheet metals. Jasmine and her 3 children survive on her husband’s meager income. He works 3 days a week. They don’t have their own bedroom or bathroom.

After understanding the living condition after the typhoon in Tacloban, Tzu Chi decides to distribute the rice to those in need in December.

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