Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

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History

May 1966, Hualien (Taiwan), as Tzu Chi Merits Society by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen, as a humanitarian organization which started with 30 supporters, housewives who saved 2 cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor. Subsequently changed name to Tzu Chi Foundation. Tzu Chi means compassion and relief.

Aims

Help the poor and educate the rich; give material aid to the needy and inspire love and humanity in both givers and receivers; relieve suffering for all living beings, regardless of nationality, religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status. As volunteers of the organizations, apply the Buddhist principle of kindness, compassion, joy and selfless giving' when helping others, cultivate the virtues of sincerity, integrity, trust and honesty, and treat everyone with gratitude, respect and love.

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Activities

Major missions: charity; medicine; education; humanistic culture. Engages in international disaster relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism and environmental protection; builds schools, housing and medical clinics around the world; provides medical care, food, clothing, blanket and comfort to the poor, elderly, sick and underprivileged. Has assisted individuals and communities in 72 countries, including people suffering from disasters such as the Southeast Asia tsunami, Myanmar cyclone, floods in Pakistan, Australia and United States, and earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Sichuan China, Haiti, Chile and Japan.

Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).

Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 50 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Theology
    • Buddhism, Hinduism
  • Development
    • Aid
  • Peace
    • Humanitarian

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

UIA Org ID

F7112

Last News Received

2018
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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