Tzu Chi-Zamboanga restored hopes and rebuilt lives in Southern Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 March 2013 00:00

True to their noble mission, "Restore Hope, Rebuild Lives With Great Love",Tzu-Chi Foundation of Zamboanga City made 75 indigent patients from General Santos City as well from Sarangani Province restored their self-confidence and to look forward to live better lives. These patients were able to availed free medical and surgical services of the 61st Tzu Chi Medical Mission held in this Southern part of Mindanao last February 27 to March 2, 2013. It could have cost these patients a fortune. But thanks to Tzu Chi that coordinated with the Free and Accepted Masons of the Phils-SOCSKSARGEN, South Cotabato Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc., General Santos City Government, and

the selfless Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) volunteers, they can now be more functional members of their communities.

Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in the impoverished east coast of Taiwan. The Foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan for nearly forty years. Master Cheng Yen firmly believes that suffering in this world is caused by material deprivation and spiritual poverty. She felt that "lack of love for others" has been the root of many problems in this world. "To save the world, we must begin by transforming human hearts."

A volunteer-based, spiritual as well as welfare organization, Tzu Chi's missions focus on giving material aid and inspiring love and humanity in both the givers and receivers. Since its founding, the Foundation has dedicated itself in the field of charity, medicine, education, environmental protection, as well as the promotion of humanistic values and community volunteerism. The humanitarian work is both a means to help those in need, and also a way to open the eyes of the volunteer to the harsher side of life, so that through giving, they may find spiritual happiness and life's true meaning.

Tzu-Chi Zamboanga opened its door of hope and love 14 years ago in Zamboanga City and has successfully conducted many humanitarian missions around Mindanao and Visayas.

By Dante Corteza