In September of 2019, Minchao Lin, Director of Tzu Chi's Global HQ Construction Department, accompanied by colleagues and volunteers from Tzu Chi USA to visit Mexico. Their mission: to analyze and move forward with construction projects at two locations, one in Tijuana, and one in Jojutla.
Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history, its vicious flames devouring 153,336 acres of land, destroying 18,800 structures, and tragically claiming the lives of 85 people. Responding to the call for aid, Tzu Chi USA quickly mobilized, arriving on Nov. 8, 2018 – the very day the fire occurred – to deliver direct and compassionate relief.
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, just a few days before the anniversary of the Camp Fire in Northern California, fifty-eight Tzu Chi volunteers revisited Concow, a community that had been ravaged by the wildfire one year prior. Tzu Chi held a winter distribution for hundreds of locals who still struggle to rebuild their lives after the disaster in the hopes of preparing them for the cold winter ahead.
The Kincade Fire in California started in the northern Bay Area on October 23, 2019. To prevent threats or fire hazards to locals due to powerful winds, local officials issued an evacuation plan to thousands of residents living near the fire zone.