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Tzu Chi Foundation has distributed over NT$150,000,000 in financial assistance for the Morakot survivors in Taiwan

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For over 10 days, more than thousands of Tzu Chi volunteers from Keelung, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung along with local residents continued to help with post-typhoon cleanup efforts on a daily basis. After witnessing this passage of love every day, Master Cheng Yen, the founder of Tzu Chi Foundation, visited the disaster areas on August 26 to bring compassion and encouragement to the volunteers and Morakot survivors. She feels blessed to see over 100,000 volunteers commuting from the northern and central part of Taiwan to the south every day. She is deeply touched by the efforts of the local residents in the Kaohsiung and Pingtung area and continues to encourage everyone to come together and help each other because we are all one big family.

Besides the Taiwan Tzu Chi volunteers who are helping with the cleanup and giving emotional and spiritual support for the Morakot survivors, Tzu Chi volunteers from nearly 50 countries around the world have launched fundraisers for the Morakot survivors in Taiwan. Many of these countries have previously received assistance from Tzu Chi Foundation and would like to reciprocate the aid they received in the past. The local volunteers and residents living overseas would like to use their action to demonstrate their blessings for the people in Taiwan.

Elementary and middle schools in Taiwan are about to start a new school year on August 31, but many families from the disaster areas are still homeless. These parents are very worried about their children's education. Therefore since last week, Tzu Chi volunteers have gone into the disaster areas to provide tuition assistance to the families facing these difficulties to ensure that the children's education will not be affected.

As of August 24, Tzu Chi Foundation has provided over 24,000 households with cash assistance ranging from NT$5000 to NT$10,000 per household. The total amount has already surpassed NT$150,000,000.

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