SAN DIMAS, California, February 9, 2018 – A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Hualien, Taiwan, on February 6, 2018. Hundreds of residents are in shock and need of help, as apartment buildings, homes, and other structures collapsed, while over 200 aftershocks have hindered ongoing search and rescue efforts.
Tzu Chi Foundation’s global headquarters is based in Hualien, and its disaster relief mission began within minutes of the earthquake.
Tzu Chi is assisting with medical care; providing water, masks, and other essentials; distributing meals; and offering emotional support to survivors. Tzu Chi Buddhist nuns and volunteers also opened a shelter for evacuees and are distributing multipurpose foldable beds to other shelters in the city.
To date, Tzu Chi has provided 1,400 blankets, 651 foldable beds, and 5,399 hot meals to earthquake survivors, thanks to the tireless dedication of over 1,000 Tzu Chi volunteers. A total of 241 households have also received emergency financial aid, while additional supplies are arriving in Hualien for immediate distribution.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Fundraising Hotline: 1-888-9TzuChi (888-989-8244)
- Online donations: www.tzuchi.us
- Mobile donations: Text TZUCHI to 91999
- Check donations: Payable to “Tzu Chi,” and sent to Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, 1100 S. Valley Center Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773
From February 7 to 28, 2018, all donations marked “Disaster Relief Funds” will directly benefit Taiwan Earthquake Relief.
About Tzu Chi
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit NGO with the missions of charity, medical care, disaster relief, and education. Its footprint of aid has reached over 94 countries since 1966. In 2017, Tzu Chi provided earthquake relief in Mexico and Ecuador, and humanitarian aid in Haiti and Sierra Leone. In the United States, Tzu Chi USA provided over $7 million in Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas, responded to Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and wildfires and mudslides in California. Between 1993 and 2016, it offered medical services to 551,176 disadvantaged individuals. Its mobile food pantry serves impoverished communities in California weekly, benefiting 20,000 families annually. To learn more, visit: www.tzuchi.us