As it continues to grow, the 25-year-old Tzu Chi Philippines is urged to invite more people to join in helping more people in need. It will need more local hands to inspire more of the local populace into taking Master Cheng Yen’s mission as their own.
With the continued growth of the Tzu Chi Philippines chapter, Tzu Chi Global Director Stephen Huang urges more people to contribute to that growth by joining.
During a thanksgiving dinner commemorating the chapter’s 25th anniversary, Stephen Huang invited the hundreds of guests to get active in the Tzu Chi cause. Whether as a donor or as a volunteer, he iterated that the chapter will need more hands to be able to help more people in the future.
“The majority of our Commissioners are overseas Chinese. But we need the local people to fill the local chapter so we can influence more people in the Philippines,” explained Huang, global director for all Tzu Chi volunteers.
Huang and two Dharma Masters from the Jing Si Abode came to Manila to celebrate Tzu Chi Philippines’ 25th anniversary on November 7. The chapter was founded in 1994 by Linda Chua, who became its first CEO. It saw action for the first time in Mindoro just a few months after founding, providing relief aid to earthquake victims. Over the years, it has left its mark on many communities all over the country.
As one who coordinates the actions of fellow volunteers all over the globe, Huang has been to the Philippines many times. He had been present when Tzu Chi mobilized in the aftermath of two major disasters: Tropical Storm Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009 and Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013. Seeing the devastation of both these disasters have left in their wake, he urged people to do more for the society.
“We have to do more for the society because this Earth is really sick with global warming, and land and air pollution. We have to protect our children and our grandchildren. So Master [Cheng Yen] always asks us to do more Tzu Chi work to save the Earth,” Huang added.
Fortunately, Huang’s call did not fall on deaf ears. Some in the audience like Jason Bogovich- an American living in the Philippines who is also a Rotary Club member has expressed his intent to work with Tzu Chi since he likes to do charity work for people of resettlement site in the city like Smokey Mountain.
“I always believe in innovation through collaboration. So you get more people involved, more organizations involved, share the same values as we do. Then you can really make a bigger impact,” said Bogovich, who hopes that his club will collaborate with Tzu Chi Philippines one day.