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Dreamland Timeline

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 06:6 AM
August 5-19, 2007 Three consecutive typhoons, Chedeng, Dodong and Egay churned the Philippines and caused massive flooding to different regions in the country including the province of Cavite in the Southern Tagalog.
August 10, 2007 Volunteers approached Rosario, Cavite Municipal government to evaluate disaster situation affected by flooding. Tzu Chi volunteer conducted first disaster survey in Dreamland, Rosario, Cavite, after which, they considered providing relief distribution to affected area.
 August 14, 2007 Tzu Chi volunteers reenter the affected site to know more about the living condition of the residents. Volunteers discovered Rodolfo Delantar and Cirilo Alfabete who is in urgent need of medical attention.
 August 14, 2007 Thirty Tzu Chi volunteers hold the first relief distribution activity for Dreamland residents. A total of 295 families benefited from the said activity. Standard relief items were given, but from the volunteers’ evaluation, much more may be needed to help uplift the dire situation of Dreamland residents.
 August 16, 2007 Delantar and Alfabete were sent to Chinese General Hospital for confinement and operation. Hospitalization and all the other expenses were shouldered by the Tzu Chi Foundation.
 October 5, 2007 Tzu Chi volunteers set house numbers in Dreamland village to better future house visits, relief distribution and medical mission.
 October 7, 2007 More than 100 Tzu Chi volunteers who are organized into 28 groups go back to Dreamland to conduct house visits to nearly 300 families.
 October 14, 2007 Along with 190 Tzu Chi volunteers and 48 TIMA members and local volunteer doctors, the first medical mission in Dreamland was held at the Rosario Elementary School, benefiting a total number of 987 patients. The second relief distribution is held where mosquito nets and food covers are also distributed to address sanitary problems caused by lingering flies and other insects. A total of 270 families benefited from the activity. Together with Binondo Volunteer Fire Brigade who provided clean water, Tzu Chi also gave free baths to more than 300 adults and kids, missing clean water for bathing in the community.
 December 28, 2007 Four residents of Dreamland initiated to save up coins in PET bottles and gave it to the Tzu Chi volunteers when the latter went back to the area to give relief items for other missed out residents.
 January 13, 2008 Tzu Chi started to enlist the Dreamland residents as long-term beneficiaries who will receive food supply and other relief items every three months. 270 families were officially registered and were provided with goods. Due to the residents’ request, coin banks were distributed to each family.
April 13, 2008 Quarterly relief distribution was conducted. Dreamland residents filled up Tzu Chi’s two jars overflowing with the coins they saved up in coin banks distributed by the volunteers. The amount collected totaled to Php9,395.05.
May 18, 2008 After reassessing their poor living conditions, it has been agreed to adjust the schedule of relief distribution in Dreamland from quarterly to monthly.
June 9-12, 2008 In preparation for the opening of classes, Tzu Chi volunteers go back to Dreamland to register the kids, get their uniform and shoe sizes; and with the help of the municipal government, processed necessary documents needed in school such as NSO birth certificates, etc.
June 13, 2008 Tzu Chi started purchasing uniforms and shoes, and prepared bags and other school supplies for relief distribution for students.
June 15, 2008 Students in Dreamland were given free haircut, grooming and bathing services by volunteers. Binondo Paco Volunteer Fire Brigade provided clean water for bathing. Almost 250 elementary and high-school students each received a new set of school uniforms, a pair of new black shoes and socks, and a Tzu Chi back pack containing school supplies.
July 20, 2008 Tzu Chi discovered the plight of Nelson Alcana, a Dreamland resident whose festered legs turned out to be the effects of his drinking and smoking vices.
July 21, 2008 Tzu Chi volunteers immediately accompanied Alcana to the Chinese General Hospital, where he was admitted and operated on by TIMA member Dr. Patrick Leh. His hospital fees and medicines, as well as the following physical therapies and the provision of his artificial leg, were all taken care of by the Tzu Chi Foundation.
August 17, 2008 Tzu Chi volunteers’ first short educational program for the children of Dreamland was conducted. Filial piety, or conveying love and respect towards one’s parents, became the heart of the lesson. After receiving their monthly relief supply, Dreamland residents also turned over their collection of recyclable materials such as plastic bottles and metal scraps.
August 25, 2008 Master Cheng Yen talks about the unspeakable suffering in Dreamland, but nevertheless, she also emphasizes the great love that blossomed in the hearts of the impoverished villagers. Almost all of the residents in Dreamland are now donating members of the Foundation.
September 21, 2008 With the presence of TIMA volunteer dentists, Tzu Chi conducted its first oral care lecture and demonstration to the residents of Dreamland. Aside from the monthly supply of rice and other relief items, 143 children also received personal hygiene and grooming kit. Aside from the regular relief distribution, Tzu Chi volunteers handed over the receipts from the previous donations of Dreamland residents, signifying them as Tzu Chi’s regular donors.
November 9, 2008 Dreamland residents and children took the center stage as they performed Chinese Sign Language presentations at Tzu Chi’s 14th anniversary celebration at the Still Thoughts Hall in Quezon City.
December 21, 2008 Besides the monthly relief, Tzu Chi also staged its 106th medical mission to Dreamland, benefiting 341 patients in general medicine, 115 in pediatrics, 70 who had tooth extraction and 156 more who had eye consultations.
March 15, 2009 Reached by the compassion that Tzu Chi has long been spreading, a number of residents from two barangays near Dreamland collected coins among themselves and donated them to the charity efforts of Tzu Chi.
March 27, 2009 Master Cheng Yen talks about how she sees the residents, despite their impoverished state, find their power of love and the capacity to give even with a few coins donated from their hearts.
April 19, 2009 As a birthday gift for Master Cheng Yen, a group of Dreamland residents vowed to stop engaging in drinking, smoking, gambling and rumor-mongering activities.
April 28,2009 In her talk about Tzu Chi’s 43rd Anniversary, Master Cheng Yen discusses about the transformation of Dreamland villagers after being positively influenced by the Tzu Chi teachings and compassion.
May 3, 2009 Close to 1000 people, comprising of more than 300 Tzu Chi volunteers, 500 Dreamland residents and other groups mobilized by the municipal government of Rosario went altogether to Dreamland to cleanup its coastal shores.
May 18, 2009 Master Cheng Yen mentions the clean up drive done in Dreamland in her daily talk, and also recognizes the residents’ signing up of “vegetarian pledge” to also cleanse their hearts and way of living that were tainted by poverty and other misfortunes in life.
May 21-22, 2009 Volunteers conduct house-to-house survey to re-assess the needs of each family. Volunteers also update Tzu Chi’s list on the number of Dreamland children who are still going to school and took pictures of them for Tzu Chi identification cards.
June 28, 2009 Tzu Chi volunteers gave the students in Dreamland a boost this school year as they again provided them waterproof school bags and school supplies. The male students also had free haircut while the girls’ hair were carefully combed and styled by the volunteers themselves.
July 5, 2009 In line with Tzu Chi’s goal to start a livelihood program, Tzu Chi volunteers started to distribute the first batch of materials for doormat-making to 16 housewives in the area.
July 9, 2009 Tzu Chi volunteers coordinated with Rosario National High School (RNHS), Agustin Abadilla Elementary School (AAES) and Rosario Elementary School (RES) to discuss and plan out meal stub distribution for Dreamland students enrolled in the said schools.
July 19, 2009 Each of the 149 elementary students and 35 high school students in Dreamland received their first monthly allowance of meal coupons from Tzu Chi. Tzu Chi also staged its 114th medical mission that benefited 363 residents in the area. A total of 1, 060 doormats and 43 potholders have been made and were ready for sale. Teachers of RNHS, AAES were invited to participate in the monthly relief distribution, and were given blankets and Still Thoughts book to help promote teachings of Master Cheng Yen’s Still Thoughts aphorisms in school.
August 23, 2009 It was the turn of the teachers of RES to witness Tzu Chi’s relief work, and they were also given blankets and Still Thoughts book to help promote Still Thoughts teachings in school.
  The second batch of livelihood materials was distributed amongst the 19 housewives making doormats.
August 23, 2009 Dreamland residents joined the volunteers in praying for the recovery and survival of typhoon Morakot victims in Zambales and Taiwan. The residents coupled their sincere prayers with their heartfelt donations for the victims.
August 20, 2009 A total of 40 Tzu Chi volunteers attended the relief activity which benefited almost 240 families of various kinds of food supplies such as rice, noodles, chocolate powdered drink, soy sauce and sugar.
October 10, 2009 More than a hundred Dreamland residents came all the way from Cavite to help with the cleanup activity in the “Ondoy” devastated Brgy. Nangka in Marikina City.
October 18, 2009 Dreamland residents continue to nourish their loving hearts as they join the disaster survivors in cleaning Brgy. Tumana.
November 22, 2009 Marikina beneficiaries-turned-Tzu Chi-volunteers witnessed the unfortunate condition of the Dreamland residents as they joined certified Tzu Chi volunteers in conducting the monthly relief activity. Realizing how much blessed they are, the Marikeños also took the chance to thank the residents of Dreamland for helping with the clean-up of their communities.
December 20, 2009 Tzu Chi volunteers staged a yearend relief in Dreamland. Together with local Marikina volunteers, Tzu Chi volunteers distributed relief goods to 243 families, each receiving rice, thermal blanket from Taiwan, and other necessities for their holiday celebrations. Almost 300 children also got bottled juice and biscuits as early Christmas presents.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 07 September 2010 06:6 AM

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