A New Partnership with the Red Cross and Global Humanitarian Efforts
The 27th annual National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee was a triumphant success, with a record turnout of 703 participating disaster organizations — 236 of which were first-timers including the Tzu Chi team.
The NVOAD coalition includes more than 100 Member organizations from ranging from the national to the regional level from throughout the country. The NVOAD conference is an annual three-day event that facilitates the exchange of ideas among disaster relief organizations. This year’s theme at the NVOAD Conference, ‘Together We Amplify’, highlighted the vital need for unified action in the face of disaster and global recovery.
Tzu Chi USA’s presence at the conference helped to enhance global sustainable recovery with innovative technology. Through an exchange of our eco-friendly and sustainable innovations, the facilitation of a Buddha Bathing Ceremony, and the cultivation of lasting partnerships with the 100 participating organizations, Tzu Chi USA reach of aid provision was expanded and magnified.
Fostering New Connections
Despite being first year conference attendees, Tzu Chi USA’s innovative recycled products caught much attention. A beautiful new partnership blossomed with The American Red Cross thanks to our cutting-edge eco-friendly innovations. The American Red Cross ordered a total of 10,000 Tzu Chi eco-friendly blankets made out of recycled water bottles to integrate into their own recovery tactics.
In support of this year’s theme, the Tzu Chi USA team continued to make new connections and partnerships throughout the conference in order to improve sustainable recovery initiatives as a unified global impact.
On the final day of the conference, our team facilitated a conference-wide forum as panelists for a discussion on ‘Social and Economically Just Response, Adaptation, and Migration in the Wake of Disasters.’ The forum explored innovative disaster relief methodologies and multifaceted approaches to recovery in order to foster more effective delivery of services to communities impacted by disaster.
Celebrating Continued Recovery
Tzu Chi USA fostered new connections and continued to learn through the conference — the kind of collaboration and cooperation that NVOAD elicits and encourages. And, as always, the Tzu Chi team continues to dedicate their hearts and souls to building a better world.
While the conference has ended, our team continues to celebrate continued recovery for those affected by disaster.