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Camp participants tour and learn about the mission of education and medicine

March 31, 2019 | Charissa Tulinao

Participants tour around the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus. The first batch went to the Tzu Chi Eye Center. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

Story Highlights

  • On March 29-31, a three-day Volunteers’ Camp was conducted for participants who aspire to become volunteers. During the camp, they were toured around the Livelihood Training Center and Tzu Chi Eye Center.

  • Tzu Chi’s mission of medicine was also further explained to the participants on the last day of the camp.


Aiming to inspire people to do good and encourage them to become volunteers, Tzu Chi holds another three-day English Volunteers’ Camp.

A total of 75 participants toured the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus in Sta. Mesa on March 30, 2019.

The Livelihood Training Center offers courses for indigents who aimed to better their lives. Volunteer Olga Vendivel explains that most of the students have gone through drastic changes after enrolling in the program.

One of the students who shared her experience was Evangeline Sumalinog, a machine operation student. She applied in the training program with the sole purpose of doing it for herself and for her family. After 2 months of being with Tzu Chi, she realized that her responsibility grows more every day as someone who can now help others like those who helped her.

Aside from Tzu Chi’s mission of education through the Livelihood Training Program, the Tzu Chi Eye Center also fulfills its mission of medicine by providing medical assistance to the less fortunate.

Mary Ann Bermundo, a staff from the Tzu Chi Eye Center, said that aside from giving quality services to those who came to ask for help, Tzu Chi values and Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s principles were also introduced to the patients to enable them to go through the hardships of life.

“It is important that we share [these to the participants] because by sharing the positive stories and providing them with quality services, we show them that we respect and value lives,” said Bermundo.

Geoleus Caspe’s employer regularly donates recyclables to Tzu Chi and he joined the camp upon her recommendation.

During the tour, he was immediately inspired knowing that free medical services are offered in the Tzu Chi Eye Center and that the foundation conducts medical missions for the less fortunate.

The medical missions were further explained during a session for Tzu Chi’s mission of medicine on the last day of the camp, March 31.

Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) doctor, Josefino Qua was one of the speakers. He shared that he was encouraged by his mother to join the foundation.

He said that his goal was to provide free medical assistance to the poor and through the foundation, he was able to fulfill more than what he expected.

“The reason why we would like to present this one [to the participants] is because medical missions are one the most important component of Tzu Chi Foundation. I think its best to show them how we went through [it]…. [we hope] that it will touch them also,” said Qua.

One of the participants, Mary Conde joined the camp after witnessing the medical help Tzu Chi provided her friend. She was amazed by the foundation’s scale in the medical mission and she wanted to become a volunteer to help in the Tzu Chi missions.

  • Mary Ann Bermundo (left) leads the orientation in the Tzu Chi Eye Center. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • One of the staffs of the Eye Center shows their high-quality medical equipments. 【Photo by Nancy Que】

  • Volunteer Olga Vendivel explains that the vegetables planted near the Livelihood Training Center are used in the kitchen for the food of staffs, volunteers and students. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • MOC student Evangeline Sumalinog shares her transformation and her desire to become a volunteer with the participants. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Geoleus Caspe receives the souvenir made by the students of the sewing course. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) doctor, Josefino Qua explains the mission of medicine to the participants. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • The participants listen to the speakers during the last day of the Volunteers’ Camp. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Mary Conde was in awe upon learning about the activities that Tzu Chi conducts especially in the medical missions. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】