After Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the residents of Ormoc learned to be more conscious about caring for the environment. From the Tzu Chi Great Love Village, the practice of recycling extended to the entire City. With Mayor Richard Gomez officially adapting the program, Tzu Chi volunteers enthusiastically educated more citizens to engage in proper waste management, encouraging more individuals to become earth savers.
Many of the residents of Iligan City live in the mountains, making a living through coconut and corn farming. Access to rice is difficult for them. Life became more challenging after Tropical Storms Vinta (Tembin) and Agaton (Bolaven) struck, leaving several barangays devastated. At a recent relief activity, Tzu Chi Foundation distributed 20 kilos of rice to each family. The beneficiaries numbered to thousands, all grateful for the rare opportunity to enjoy a complete meal.
Many times, Ormoc City was a recipient of Taiwan's help -- in 2013 when Super Typhoon Yolanda struck, in July 2017 when a magnitude 6.5-earthquake hit and in December 2017 when Tropical Storm Urduja inundated the city. On February 6, 2018, the east coast of Taiwan where Tzu Chi Foundation originated was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake. Residents of Ormoc found a chance to pay forward.
Consecutively struck by Tropical Storms Vinta and Agaton, residents of Iligan City in Lanao del Norte reels from the calamity. Tzu Chi rallies to their aid, bringing hope and kindling the spirit of volunteerism among the survivors.
Master Cheng Yen believes that the hope of the society lies on the children and the hope of these children lies in education. But in Ormoc, children have to cross a creek to get to school. Tzu Chi volunteers mobilized to connect these children closer to their dreams.
On December 26, 2017, Tzu Chi volunteers went to Marawi City to coordinate with the city officials and visit potential sites for its temporary housing project. Tzu Chi Foundation plans to build about 400 prefabricated shelters for the families displaced by the war in Marawi City. Upon visiting Marawi City’s ground zero, Tzu Chi volunteers agree that unity and pooling everyone’s goodness can help Marawi recover. Tzu Chi Foundation assures that they will do their best to contribute in the recovery of Marawi and its people.
Tzu Chi Foundation’s cash-for-work program to clean up the Great Love City in Barangay Liloan, Ormoc City comes to a close on December 29. Tzu Chi volunteers organized a simple thanksgiving program in the evening.
Tzu Chi volunteers from Palo (Leyte), Marikina and Tacloban and Tzu Chi Housing recipients from Kananga have come together to help the victims of Typhoon Urduja (Kai-Tak) in Ormoc Great Love City. Having experienced their own tragedies, the volunteers and housing recipients understand how difficult Ormoc's situation is and want to return the help they received from Tzu Chi by also helping other people.
Tzu Chi was built on funds collected in a bamboo coin bank. The foundation’s humble beginnings is a reminder that no contribution is too small to create a great impact. Every peso you donate will make a difference. Just the amount you spend on a cup of coffee will go a long way.