Tzu Chi volunteers from Manila, and Ormoc City on July 15 gathered for a general assembly at the Tzu Chi Great Love City in Barangay Liloan. The activity aims to express gratitude to the local volunteers’ readiness and dedication of their time and effort for the relief operations in Ormoc City few days after the magnitude-6.5 earthquake that hit the area.
The surveys and relief operations conducted at the severely affected areas of Leyte was made possible by the local volunteers of the Great Love City. They experienced the love and compassion of Tzu Chi Foundation firsthand in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.
“Master said let’s not neglect ourselves. We are like a machine. All those small screws matter and have their own functions. One loose screw can make the whole machine malfunction,” says Tzu Chi volunteer Michael Siao, host and one of the program’s speakers.
Attendees felt deep concern and mercy for the victims upon seeing the news report on the situation of the earthquake victims.
“A tear dropped from my eye when I saw the people lying in the pavement without any mattress or anything to protect them from the floor. I am thankful to Tzu Chi that they helped the victims and gave rice, Jing Si multipurpose foldable bed, and blanket,” shares local Tzu Chi volunteer Lolita Dirog.
Volunteers share their insights after the relief operations, which they have been participating for the last few days.
“Thank you Tzu Chi Foundation for giving me the chance to help other people. Even though I am financially deprived, I was still able to help using my own strength,” says local Tzu Chi volunteer Alvin Capili.
Laughter and tears filled the activity as the volunteers recalled their experiences during the earthquake.
“A girl passed out at the library during the earthquake. Despite the fear I was feeling, I managed to help and save her. I would like to express my gratitude to Sir Michael and the other youth volunteers because we became united for the sake of the earthquake victims,” narrates Reynante Imperial, a 19-year-old local Tzu Chi volunteer.
The general assembly served as an opportunity for the volunteers to get along and learn from each other.
“I’m very happy that I got the chance to be one of the Tzu Chi volunteers. It was not easy and the place was not safe but it’s my pleasure to help people because I also experienced Yolanda, so I can relate to their situation,” narrates 22-year-old local Tzu Chi volunteer Michael Ramirez.
The Foundation hopes that more people from different parts of the country get to experience the love and life changing aid that come from Tzu Chi. We can only depend on each other in times of need that’s why every person, whether young or old, is important for the building of a peaceful and harmonious world.
A Tzu Chi volunteer from Manila comforts a local volunteer who shed tears while sharing her experiences during the relief operations. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Local Tzu Chi volunteers listen to a fellow sharing about the recent relief operations for earthquake victims. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
These volunteers watch a short video about the rewards those with helping hands and pure hearts will receive after their life on Earth. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Through this news report from DaAi TV, local volunteers get an update on Tzu Chi’s relief efforts in Barangay Cabaon-an in Ormoc City. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】