Tzu Chi Foundation held rice distribution to needy families in Zimbabwe

Report
from Tzu Chi Foundation
Published on 27 Jul 2013

Tzu Chi Foundation shipped 120 tons of rice from Taiwan to Zimbabwe helping local underprivileged residents. It took one month to ship the rice from Taiwan to the port of Durban, South Africa, then delivering the rice by the train to the final destination, Harare, the city of Zimbabwe. Despite the long trip, over 100 local Tzu Chi volunteers already began home visitation in both Epworth and Retreat villages before the rice distribution.

For the preparation of the rice distribution, local volunteers reloaded 120 tons of rice, each bag packed 10 kgs rice into different trucks. On July 6th, 158 volunteers carried out the first day of the distribution in Rusununguko Primary School to 1,800 households. On the second day, July 7th, there were 146 volunteers held the distribution in Retreat village and 14 volunteers prepared hot meals for over 3,000 residents also joined the distribution. At the second day event, 1,570 households were benefited. Each household received a pack of rice and a Tzu Chi’s signature eco-friendly blanket which made of recycled PET plastic bottles. During the two-day distribution, Tzu Chi volunteers not only hand out the rice and blankets to warm up recipients’ stomach but also their hearts.

There is another 60 tons of rice from Taiwan on the way shipping for those awaiting needy families. Soon the rice distribution will be continued carrying out by Tzu Chi volunteers in Zimbabwe.

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