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In order to improve medical quality for the poor In Colombo, Sri Lanka, TIMA members from Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines worked together to hold a three-day free clinic. At the free clinic, services from five medical departments were offered. The medical volunteers estimate that they've provided medical services to over 3000 local residents.
Tzu Chi volunteers overcame challenges to turn a classroom into a sterile operating room. Thanks to their efforts, many small surgeries were successfully carried out, alleviating the pain and suffering of the patients.
Sri Lanka, the country that's known to be a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, has a hot climate all year round and the only difference is the dry season and the wet season. January to April, was said to be the hottest and the driest months. As May entered, monsoon rain started and the continuous pour of rain for two weeks caused flooding to the country and on the fifth day it caused landslide to the mountainous area. Due to continuous heavy rain, rescue operations was a challenge.
On 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 was the Asian Tsunami in 2004 that first brought Tzu Chi to Sri Lanka.
Taiwan Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation has delivered aids and provides emergency assistance for the poor, and to the people who affected by calamities around the world. In 2007, many victims benefited by Tzu Chi charity distribution. Some long term projects were completed to help more residents in that area. For example, more than 20 million people benefited by its rice distribution in Indonesia up to 2007. Tzu Chi also gave free clinical services for the poor or remote area with little source to medical service.
Through 3 years from the tsunami 2006 in Sri Lanka, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation always keep accompany with the victims until now. On Jan. 4 to 5, Tzu Chi volunteers, putting a smile on the faces, from Singapore and Malaysia organized a free clinic at the new Tzu Chi School in Hambantota in Sri Lanka. The event was held the day before the school officially opened. At eight o'clock in the morning people were already lining up to get free medical treatment.
On Dec. 26, 2004, the fourth strongest earthquake over the past century struck in the Indian Ocean off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake also triggered massive tsunamis that struck 12 countries, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia and etc. On the third day of the disaster, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation sent out a medical relief team to Sri Lanka, who included doctors, nurses and volunteer, total about 36 persons. Through 3 years, Tzu Chis relief project in Sri Lanka is completely finished. Tzu Chi's relief actions is as follows.
More than a year after the South Asia Tsunami, nearly 1,000 families have moved into permanent housing in the Great Love villages in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, with more than 3,300 houses currently under construction in total.
Hambantota, Sri Lanka --- More than one year after the South Asia tsunamis that devastated 12 countries along the Indian Ocean, survivors in Hambantota, Sri Lanka are finally able to start their life anew by settling down into the new permanent housing that Tzu Chi Foundation has built for them. To celebrate the opening of the housing community with the tsunami survivors, 111 Tzu Chi volunteers from Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia came together and arrived in Hambantota on April 6. Among them, 27 are medical personnel who are there to provide free medical services to the survivors.
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Sept.
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has begun building a community with 1,000 permanent houses for tsunami survivors in Hambantota, a resort city in southeastern Sri Lanka, six months after the devastating tsunamis struck 11 Indian Ocean nations in December 2004.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the construction site on June 25, 2005.
Volunteers of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation distributed 310 tons of rice to some 8,000 tsunami-affected families in Hambantota, a resort city in southeastern Sri Lanka, on April 9 and 10, 2005, benefiting over 30,000 people.
It was the ninth and the last large-scale distribution of relief supplies to victims of the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami disaster in Hambantota and in several other neighboring towns by Tzu Chi since January 2005.
The locally-procured rice was stored at a local Buddhist temple before the distribution.
Volunteers of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation distributed rice and other daily essentials to 5,722 households (21,686 people) in Tangalle, Sri Lanka on Feb. 17, 2005.
The sixth medical team dispatched by the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation concluded its mission of providing medical care for tsunami survivors in Hambantota, a resort city in southeastern Sri Lanka, on Feb. 4. A total of 27,027 patients received treatment at the Tzu Chi medical post between Dec. 31 and Feb. 4.
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has completed 196 tent houses for tsunami survivors in Hambantota, a resort city in southeastern Sri Lanka, and a moving-in ceremony was held at the tent community on Jan. 31, 2005.
Tzu Chi, a humanitarian organization founded by a Buddhist nun, Dharma Master Cheng Yen in 1966, will build a total of 300 tent houses and a community with 1,000 permanent houses for the victims of the Dec. 26 devastating tsunami.
Construction work for the remaining 104 tent houses on another part of Hambantota started on Jan.
Volunteers of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation distributed rice, sugar, cooking oil and milk powder, enough to feed more than 11,700 tsunami survivors for one month in southeastern Sri Lanka on Jan. 29-30, 2005.
It was the first large-scale distribution by Tzu Chi of daily essentials to the Sri Lankan victims of the Dec. 26 devastating tsunami. The humanitarian organization was founded by a Buddhist nun, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, in 1966.
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation's relief efforts for tsunami victims in Sri Lanka, including medical care and construction of tent houses, has received support from international volunteers, including those from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States and Canada.
Since Tzu Chi's first medical team arrived in Sri Lanka on Dec. 29, three days after the disaster, Sri Lankan businessman Mr. Anil and employees of his company have rendered valuable assistance to Tzu Chi volunteers, serving as interpreters and drivers.
The fifth medical mission dispatched by the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation arrived in Hambantota, a resort city in southeastern Sri Lanka, with 52 boxes of medicines on Jan. 24 to continue providing medical care for survivors of the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster.
The 30-member mission, headed by Lin Chin-lon, president of Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital in southern Taiwan, consisted of physicians and nurses from Tzu Chi's three hospitals in Hualien, Dalin and Hsintien as well as non-medical volunteers from Taiwan.
They left Taipei for Colombo via Singapore on Jan. 23.
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation will start building a 1,500-tent community each in Banda Aceh and Meulaboh, the two cities in northern Sumatra that were hard stricken by the Dec. 26 earthquake-triggered tsunamis.
As to Tzu Chi's long-term plan of building 3,000 permanent houses for the survivors, Indonesian Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah and Tzu Chi agreed to implement the project eight months later so as to match with the local government's rebuilding plan.
Tzu Chi originally planned to build the 3,000 tent houses in Meulaboh, a town on the west coast of …
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation signed a memorandum with the Sri Lankan government in Colombo on Jan. 18 to build 1,000 permanent houses for survivors in Hambantota of the Dec. 26 tsunamis.
Tzu Chi has been providing material supplies and medical care for tsunami victims in this resort city in southeastern Sri Lanka since Dec. 31, 2004. This project to build permanent houses will become part of the Sri Lankan government's "Helping Hambantota" program.
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga visited Hambantota on Jan.
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, a humanitarian organization founded in 1966, plans to build 3,000 permanent homes in Indonesia and at least 1,000 others in Sri Lanka for victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunamis.
Like the 1,100-unit Great Love community built by Tzu Chi for victims of the 2002 floods in Jakarta, the new housing communities will have a school, medical facilities and community activity centers.
Indonesia and Sri Lanka were the two countries hardest hit by the Dec. 26 disaster. As of Jan.