Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Hualian, Taiwan. Over the years, the foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world. From the first 30 members, housewives who saved two cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor, the foundation has volunteers in 50 countries , with 502 offices worldwide. The foundation’s guiding principle of charity is to “help the poor and educate the rich.”
Tzu Chi’s missions focus on giving help to the needy and inspiring love and humanity to both givers and receivers. In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental conservation, international relief work and the establishment a marrow donor registry. It also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. With respect to the environmental conservation, in an attempt to elevate the awareness of the impact of food choice to climate change, the UU-UNO collaborates with Tzu Chi on ethical eating asking those interested to adopt a plant based diet for a day on January 11, 2017.
For more details on Tzu Chi, please visit About Tzu Chi.