Together While Apart - Building a better normal
What we do
Our work is a mission of love: to relieve the suffering of those in need, and create a better world for all.
We serve with compassion to provide relief to those who suffer.
In Mandarin Chinese, “tzu” means compassion, and “chi” relief.
WHO WE ARE
Relieve the suffering of those in need.
We are an international humanitarian organization whose mission is to relieve the suffering of those in need while creating a better world for all through compassion, love and hope.
WHERE WE WORK
Spreading love around the world
Tzu Chi, the world’s largest Buddhist humanitarian organization, was founded in Taiwan by Buddhist nun Dharma Master Cheng Yen. It has over 10 million volunteers working in more than 60 countries, with relief operations extended to over 120 countries.
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Latest Updates, Stories, and Events
April 20, 2022
Volunteer training continues with Tzu Chi’s “Mission of Charity”
The whole-day event included a tour around BTCC.
April 12, 2022
Angelo King Foundation donates bicycles to Tzu Chi
The donated bicycles will be distributed to the beneficiaries of Tzu Chi’s livelihood, medical, and scholarship programs.
January 31, 2022
Tzu Chi Relief for Bohol
More than a month after Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) battered parts of the Visayas and Mindanao with her heavy rains and gusty winds, hundreds and thousands of Boholanos continue to live in makeshift shelters, bereft of food, water, and electricity.
Tzu Chi volunteers from Manila flew to Bohol, on December 20, 2021 to survey the extent of the Odette’s damages, then came back on January 2, 2022 to organize several days of rice relief distribution. A third trip in January 24 saw volunteers dispense stubs that entitled families to receive cash assistance that would help them rebuild their homes and lives. Typhoon-struck victims in Tubigon, Loboc, Trinidad, Carlos P. Garcia (Pitogo), Ubay, Inabanga, Bien Unido, and Getafe are beyond grateful for the blessings of kindness and generosity.
April 8, 2022
Manila East volunteers hold tea party at BTCC
After two years, volunteers from the Mingtong 岷東 district reunited at the BTCC coffee shop.
January 31, 2022
Tzu Chi Relief for Cebu
After living through the violent winds and torrential rains of Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) on the evening of December 16, 2021, Cebuanos woke up to a disheartening sight: the total devastation of their homes and livelihood. According to a January 14, 2022 report by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, 636,837 families, or close to 2 million persons in Cebu, were affected by the Category 5 storm.
Tzu Chi volunteers from Manila flew to Cebu on January 1, 2022 to begin a week of relief work. Guided by their Cebuano counterparts, they identified typhoon victims in the impoverished coastal barangays of Lapu-Lapu City and Carcar City, as well as an underserved community in the Municipality of Sibonga. The distribution of 20-kg sacks of rice to families in Sibonga and Talisay soon followed. But it was news of cash aid of up to P20,000 that sent crowds crying tears of joy. Metrobank and BDO branches in Carcar, Lapu-Lapu, and Opon, facilitated the release of financial assistance to 2,808 beneficiaries.
April 7, 2022
Manila Central volunteers reunite in tea party
Volunteers from the Mingchong district gathered at the Jing Si Hall in Quezon City.
January 31, 2022
Tzu Chi Relief for Leyte
Having experienced the wrath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, Leyteños moved quickly with the coming of Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) on December 16, 2021. In Ormoc Tzu Chi Great Love Village, residents were brought to an evacuation center where local government provided collapsible tents and volunteers cooked and fed them warm porridge. Sets of clothes were also distributed to evacuees who didn’t have enough time to bring personal belongings with them.
Volunteers in Manila organized the airlifting of 3,000 Taiwan blankets to Tacloban. They also coordinated with Metrobank the release of financial aid to beneficiaries. Metrobank’s branch in Sogod, Southern Leyte, served 1,978 families.
April 6, 2022
Tzu Chi distributes rice to indigent families in Payatas
Tzu Chi volunteers partnered with Mother of Divine Providence Parish to give rice to 100 families in Payatas, Quezon City.
April 5, 2022
Angelo King Foundation Donates to Tzu Chi to Help Typhoon Odette Efforts
Angelo King Foundation, Inc. (AKFI) officials visited BTCC; strengthened partnership with Tzu Chi.
April 1, 2022
Tzu Chi Charity Day draws beneficiaries old and new
Assistance included 20-kg rice, groceries, and medicines
March 31, 2022
Volunteers send rice to Girlstown and Boystown in Silang, Cavite
The Sisters of Mary congregation and Tzu Chi Foundation share a mission to help the poor
March 29, 2022
The Secret of Sonya’s Garden
A former banker, unhappy with the corporate life, created a paradise retreat in the hills of Tagaytay to take her back to simpler times, and the nostalgia of her childhood in her grandmother’s garden. Sonya’s Garden is an idyllic, verdant, and flower-laden oasis, that brings guests back to nature and offers a healthy refresh to mind, body, and soul.
March 27, 2022
Eating and planting organic at Sonya’s Garden
Sonya's Garden, a well known Filipino bed and breakfast, is committed to their environmental advocacy.
March 16, 2022
Tzu Chi hosts veggie buffet for a cause
Guests feasted on a delicious spread of sweet and savory meat-free dishes.
March 5, 2022
The Vegan Grocer
Part one of our series "This Vegetarian Life" takes us to The Vegan Grocer in San Juan. We talk to the owners, Auggie and Israel, to find out about vegan foods and how a vegan diet can improve our health.
March 1, 2022
Tzu Chi’s ‘A Mission of Love’ now part of National Library
Author Alya Honasan looks back at how the book came to be.
February 2, 2022
A Different Chinese New Year at Tzu Chi Campus
Guests and volunteers received angpao, tikoy, and other tokens of good fortune.
January 28, 2022
Volunteers offer rice, hope in Inabanga, Bohol
841 households in three barangays were completely destroyed.
January 20, 2022
Tzu Chi volunteers, indigenous Davao farmers plant 2,500 banana seedlings
It's part of Tzu Chi's poverty alleviation program for Davao's indigenous communities.
January 18, 2022
Odette victims in Leyte receive financial assistance.
Almost 20,000 families from Liloan, Southern Leyte claimed their cash aid.
January 10, 2022
Rice relief, cash aid for Cebu’s Odette victims
Beneficiaries also shared their blessings with the less fortunate.
January 4, 2022
Tzu Chi volunteers begin Odette relief operations in Cebu, Bohol
Beneficiaries claimed their relief cards.
January 3, 2022
Tzu Chi volunteers hold Odette donation drives in Leyte, Davao malls
Volunteers welcomed pledges in any amount.
December 28, 2021
2Go transports Tzu Chi aid to Cebu
Seven container vans will ferry donated essential goods for free.
December 28, 2021
Cebu scholars share their rice relief with Odette victims
The scholars personally delivered the "bundles of joy."
December 26, 2021
Bohol has bleak Christmas after Odette
Volunteers call for food, water, and other basic necessities.
December 26, 2021
Tzu Chi sends 3,000 blankets to Odette victims
This initial aid is for distribution to storm-battered areas in the Visayas.
December 20, 2021
Taguig-Pateros District Hospital honors Tzu Chi with plaques of appreciation
Tzu Chi also sends aid to Bahay Mapagmahal.
December 21, 2021
Tzu Chi, Digital PH invite Biz Leaders to Join Hands in Odette Relief
Let's help in a manner that’s relevant, transparent, and purposive
December 15, 2021
Payatas scavengers, PWD receive their third tranche of relief
Amid the poverty and misery, beneficiaries share their blessings.
December 14, 2021
Tzu Chi Volunteers Christmas Cookfest
That’s the theme of this cooking contest today, cook a vegetarian recipe that will excite the judges.
December 14, 2021
Veggie dishes a hit at Charity Sale
Shoppers stocked up on fried dumplings, braised bean curd, Korean kimchi, kelp salad, and more.
December 7, 2021
Caloocan North tricycle drivers reveal generous spirit
Michael Celeste shares his rice supply, Christopher Bengca looks after drivers' welfare.
December 3, 2021
This scavenger claimed her relief goods—then shared them with others
Mylene Romano takes the teachings of Tzu Chi to heart.
December 2, 2021
Cardiologist has cutting-edge technique and heart of gold
For Dr. Kent Tan, everyone has the capacity to help.
December 1, 2021
Caloocan South trike drivers claim third tranche of rice, relief goods
2,852 tricycle drivers have supplies to see them through the holidays.
November 24, 2021
Volunteerism begins early for these college seniors
Universidad de Manila students Catherine Jill Cillo and Franchesca Nadine Bituin go above and beyond their on-the-job training at Tzu Chi
November 24, 2021
Tzu Chi Donates Dental Chair to Help People of Marikina
The Tzu Chi Foundation donates dental chair to to citizens of Marikina to help with dental care during the pandemic. Together with a second dental chair donated by local businessman, Tony Andres, the people of Marikina are finally able to receive proper oral care.
November 20, 2021
From Eye Center beneficiary to volunteer
After a much-needed cataract surgery at the Tzu Chi Eye Center, Eduardo Yañez shares his time and efforts as a way of saying thanks.
November 15, 2021
Even with her family’s foundation, she continues to help others
Tzu Chi volunteer Olga Vendivel doesn't put limits to who and how she can serve.
November 10, 2021
Caloocan South tricycle drivers inspired to help
Edwin Macasieb Rivera counts his blessings; Benjie Mendoza Rafols says even the poor can extend aid.
November 5, 2021
Community and dignity in trash
Scavengers of Montalban, Rizal, are proud of their profession.
November 12, 2021
Improving lives with every coin saved
Caloocan North tricycle driver Domingo Navida proves that every centavo counts in creating a better life.
November 2, 2021
Scavengers old and new at relief distribution in Montalban, Rizal
Montalban, Rizal’s beneficiaries include Eugene Ramos, who is forced to work as a scavenger after the murder of his father, and lady guard Gina Ren, a former scavenger.
October 26, 2021
This PWD doesn’t play the victim card
Santo Tomas, Pampanga, tricycle driver Marvin Basilio doesn’t let polio get in the way of his dreams.
October 28, 2021
Reprieve from Tzu Chi for Payatas scavengers
Down and out of their luck, Payatas scavengers Rosauro Sarmiento and Rolando Pagdanganan are grateful for their first tranche of rice and relief goods.
October 25, 2021
Tzu Chi scholars return for second tranche of rice, relief goods
Twins Jaypee and Jayvee de los Santos are the sons of a former Tzu Chi volunteer; Angel Mactobo is the family’s responsible one who helps her parents.
October 21, 2021
Cebu City’s Badjao community receives Taiwan rice aid from Tzu Chi Foundation
More than 100 Badjaos each receive a sack of 20-kg rice from Cebu City’s Anti Mendicancy Office.
October 19, 2021
Tzu Chi volunteers distribute rice, relief goods in Santo Tomas, Pampanga
Tzu Chi volunteers bring their latest rice and relief efforts to 999 indigent residents in Santo Tomas, Pampanga.
October 15, 2021
Tzu Chi donates Hyper Light Disinfection Robot to CGHMC
Tzu Chi volunteers facilitate Mediland Enterprise Corporation’s donation of a Hyper Light Disinfection Robot to Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center. The turnover was live-streamed to Tzu Chi’s main office in Taiwan.
September 15, 2021
How a Tzu Chi scholarship changed these students’ lives
For Christian Samodio, Raniel Balmoja, and John Denzel P. Rimando, a Tzu Chi scholarship isn’t just about financial assistance—it’s about values education, environmental awareness, and community works, too.
September 10, 2021
High-flow nasal cannulas turned over to PGH, CGHMC
Tzu Chi Philippines donates these devices critical to severe COVID-19 patients’ recovery.
September 9, 2021
Homeless for years, Tzu Chi scholar now looks to the future with hope
Life’s struggles motivated Ron Matthew Solar to work hard and be independent for himself and his family.
October 13, 2021
These Brightwoods School teachers are Tzu Chi volunteers too
Last October 9, Brightwoods School in Angeles, Pampanga, opened its sportsfield to a large-scale rice and relief goods distribution organized by Tzu Chi Foundation for more than 1,000 indigent residents from Angeles City, and a barangay of Aetas from Tarlac. Volunteers showed up bright and early to support the worthy cause: among them, 30-40 teachers from the host school.
October 12, 2021
Aeta community among Angeles City beneficiaries in latest Tzu Chi distribution
Over 1,000 Angeles City indigents from five barangays were the beneficiaries of Tzu Chi Foundation’s rice and relief goods distribution last October 9 at the Brightwoods Sportsfield, in Pandan, Angeles City.
October 7, 2021
Tzu Chi’s Palo Villagers sew Facemasks to Raise Funds for HFNC
At Great Love Village in Palo, Leyte, volunteers organized a facemask fundraiser to support Tzu Chi Foundation’s efforts to donate high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) oxygen machines to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. Made with excess fabrics collected from members of the community, the masks cost P25 each. Profits from the sale of the masks will help cover the cost of a HFNC machine.
October 5, 2021
Tzu Chi Donated High Flow Oxygen Machines to Tacloban, Cabantuan & Pasig
The Tzu Chi Foundation continues to help hospitals throughout the nation fight the COVID-19 pandemic, with its mission to donate vital equipment needed in the treatment of patients.
October 4, 2021
Tzu Chi brings relief to Antipolo landfill community
Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers organized the first of three relief distributions for Antipolo City’s scavengers on October 2 at the multi-purpose covered court of Pantay Elementary School in Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City. Sacks of 20-kg Taiwan rice, various foodstuff, and other essential goods were claimed by 219 beneficiaries after volunteers gave them a short background of the Tzu Chi Foundation.
September 29, 2021
Visually impaired massage therapists receive third tranche of aid
Representatives for visually impaired massage therapists from VIBES Caloocan, VIBES Montalban, VIBES Pasay, VIBES Quezon City, VIBES San Lazaro, Zhenti Massage, SM Novaliches, Touch With Faith Massage, AVCMT Inc., AVIMMS, DOC Wellness Massage, Good Massage, Robinsons Place, SM City VIBES Bicutan, UBMA Massage, and VIBES Sta. Rosa dropped by Buddhist Tzu Chi Campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila, to claim their third tranche of relief goods.
December 11, 2021
Early Christmas for Antipolo scavengers
Doris Moaña shares her blessings, opens a small store
January 5, 2022
Boholanos show kindness in Odette’s aftermath
Kindness can help rebuild homes and communities.
January 27, 2022
Volunteers return to Bohol, visit Odette-ravaged CPG, Ubay, Tubigon
Homes were washed away, fishing boats destroyed beyond repair.
February 3, 2022
Php10,000; Php15,000; and Php20,000 Cash Assistance for Odette Victims in Bohol
A total of 4,889 beneficiaries received cash aid from Tzu Chi Foundation.
February 15, 2022
Tzu Chi hosts Chinese New Year blessing ceremony at BTCC
The event marks the first time in two years that Tzu Chi held a live event.
February 18, 2022
Tzu Chi generators restore water supply to 11 Bohol areas
Residents now have access to clean, potable water.
March 3, 2022
After a broken leg, a new lease on life
Tzu Chi helps Micholle Manila with an operation, cash air, and pedicab.
March 4, 2022
Free Mandarin class a blessing to Tzu Chi staff
Tzu Chi Philippines staff enjoy free Mandarin classes from Tzu Chi University School of Science and Technology.
March 4, 2022
Tzu Chi Philippines on TikTok
Tzu Chi Philippines expands their social media platforms by entering TikTok.
March 9, 2022
3,900 families in Bohol receive 30,000 GI sheets
Relief areas in the province also received rice, generators, cash assistance.
March 19, 2022
Kristine Lim - Vegan Artist on a Mission
In the second part of our continuing series, This Vegetarian Life, celebrated Filipina artist Kritine Lim talk to Tzu Chi about her vegan lifestyle, and her art.
March 20, 2022
Original volunteers, TIMA doctors meet in mini-reunion
Volunteers based in Taiwan and Hualien's Jing Si Abode live-streamed their greetings.
March 21, 2022
One step healthier: Meatless Mondays by Fried and Prejudice
Continuing with “This Vegetarian Life” series, Tzu Chi Philippines speaks to food blogger Dianne Nicole Go to know how she uses her platform to advocate for a healthier lifestyle, one day at a time.
March 23, 2022
Tzu Chi Philippines holds volunteer training session at BTCC
Hundreds of Tzu Chi volunteers arrived at BTCC for a day of training and sharing of learnings.
March 24, 2022
Through Tzu Chi, they do good things
For these volunteers, giving brings happiness to the heart.
March 26, 2022
Life lessons from longtime Tzu Chi volunteers
They offer sensible advice to volunteers in training.
March 28, 2022
Farm to table: Organic food favorites from Sonya’s Garden
Classic healthy menu from Sonya’s Garden includes garden green salad, bread, pasta, desserts, and drinks—all freshly made from Sonya’s greenhouses.
March 29, 2022
San Juan City honors Tzu Chi Foundation as pandemic partner
A plaque was given during the City's 115th Foundation Day
March 30, 2022
Doctor/patient friendship after angioplasty
The procedure benefited both Renato Santos and Dr. Kent Tan.
March 31, 2022
A second chance at life through Tzu Chi
Tzu Chi beneficiaries give thanks on Charity Day
April 2, 2022
More than just eye care
Students from Sisters of Mary were thankful for a day of free eye checkup and new learnings from Tzu Chi
April 5, 2022
Tzu Chi returns to Tahanang Walang Hagdanan with rice relief
PWDs are grateful to their longtime source of support.
April 23, 2022
Tzu Chi donates 170,000 face masks to Sisters of Mary Girlstown and Boystown in Silang, Cavite
Students thanked Tzu Chi volunteers through song and dance performances and learned Tzu Chi’s One Family sign language.
April 26, 2022
Volunteers mark Tzu Chi’s 56th anniversary and Master Cheng Yen’s 86th birthday
Participants performed the solemn three steps and a bow ceremony.
April 28, 2022
They’re smart, active, and vegetarian since birth
Brothers Liam and Lev Ngo also encourage their friends to eat their veggies.
May 2, 2022
Volunteers visit Davao banana farming project, distribute rice to indigenous families
This agricultural project is part of Tzu Chi’s poverty alleviation program for Davao’s indigenous communities.
May 4, 2022
Volunteers conduct site survey in Palo Great Love Village for permanent housing project
Target completion of the permanent housing project is in November 2023.
May 6, 2022
Tzu Chi sends relief to fire victims in UP Campus
106 families receive rice, blankets, hygiene supplies, and cooking essentials.
May 12, 2022
Buddha Day, Mother’s Day, Tzu Chi Day return to BTCC
It's the first time that a face-to-face gathering of such proportions was held in the pandemic.
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