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Tzu Chi Global

Founded in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen

Original members were 6 nuns and 30 local housewives

Currently 502 offices in 50 countries and regions

Approximately 10 million volunteers & donors worldwide

Volunteers have provided relief in 87 different countries

Tzu Chi has built 18,153 homes in 14 countries and 182 schools in 16 countries


Tzu Chi USA

Active in the US since 1989, registered as 501(c)(3) nonprofit since 1984

Currently 60 offices across 27 states, with about 100,000 volunteers & donors

Four medical clinics (S. El Monte, CA; Wilmington, CA; Alhambra, CA; Honolulu, HI)

Five mobile medical clinic vans (medical, dental, and vision)

Free medical outreach events held monthly in Southern and Central California

Three Preschools & Kindergartens (Monrovia, CA; Walnut, CA; Dallas, TX) & 1 Elementary School (Monrovia, CA)

23 weekend Tzu Chi Academies for children in 12 states

8 Jing Si Books & Café locations across 5 states

EcoVerse: flagship environmental community center in San Diego, CA

Programs differ according to local needs. Please contact your local office for more details.


Recent Disaster Relief

Typhoon Haiyan (2013)

                Strongest tropical storm ever to make landfall

                Volunteers held a nineteen-day cash-for-relief cleanup drive for survivors

                As many as 30,000 participated in a single day, with a total headcount of more than 280,000

                Each participant received 500 pesos (double the daily minimum wage) in relief cash

Hurricane Sandy (2012)

                Second costliest hurricane in US history


 Local volunteers responded with hot meals the very next day after the storm

                Volunteers in 33 countries worldwide raised funds to help survivors

                Tzu Chi distributed roughly $10 million in cash aid to nearly 16,000 affected families

Haiti Earthquake (2010)

                Quarter million killed in unprecedented tragedy

                Tzu Chi volunteers held 84 distributions that benefitted 196,411 survivors

                Volunteer doctors treated more than 15,000 sick and injured

                Tzu Chi rebuilt three schools for Sisters of St. Anne


Recent Awards & Recognition
 US volunteers inspired local volunteers who continue to serve their community

2014 Rotary International Award of Honor

2013 White House Champions of Change

2013 National VOAD Member of the Year

2011 TIME 100 List of World’s Most Influential People

2011 FDR Distinguished Public Service Award

More from Tzu Chi & Dharma Master Cheng Yen

Books available at Jing Si Books & Café and on Amazon Kindle

Videos available on Tzu Chi USA website (updated daily)

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[global figures as of 12/2013, taken from Tzu-Chi Almanac 2013]


" Know your blessings, cherish them and sow more blessings. "
Jing-Si Aphorism