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December 28, 2021

Cebu scholars share their rice relief with Odette victims

The scholars personally delivered the "bundles of joy."

 

By Joy Rojas

 

 

Days before Christmas, Tzu Chi volunteers in Cebu brought hope and smiles to scholars and their families severely affected by Super Typhoon Odette (international name Rai).

 

On December 22 and 23, volunteers distributed relief goods to 62 scholars from Barangay Pulpogan, and 45 scholars in the Municipality of Catmon. Each scholar claimed 20kg sacks of Taiwan rice, 10 liters of potable water, and an assortment of grocery items.

 

Scholars were beyond grateful for the blessings they received, as food and drinking water are scarce following the widespread destruction of homes and businesses caused by Typhoon Odette.

 

So volunteers were surprised to find out that the scholars had initiated a distribution drive of their own. Taking a portion of their rice, Catmon scholars donated 27 packs of 3kg rice—or what they call “bundles of joy”—to neighbors worst hit by the storm. The packs were personally distributed on December 26 to families in the coastal barangays of Corazon, San Jose, Panalipan, and Duyan. Thirteen families received one pack of rice each, while seven families were each given two packs of rice.

 

Such an act of selflessness in a time of overwhelming devastation proves that everyone—including those who have lost everything—still has something to give. 

 

Help Tzu Chi Foundation help our brothers and sisters in the Visayas get back on their feet after this horrific disaster. Your pledge will go a long way in providing for their food, water, and other basic needs.

 

Kindly send your donations to any of the following accounts. Please screenshot your deposit with your name so we can send you your donation receipt.

 

Account Name: Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines Inc.

METROBANK Account Number: 163-3-163-07190-9

 

Account Name: Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines Inc.

BDO Account Number: 011-9-7800-180-0

Distribution efforts last December 22 for 62 Tzu Chi scholars in Barangay Pulpogan Distribution efforts last December 22 for 62 Tzu Chi scholars in Barangay Pulpogan
Tzu Chi scholars from Barangay Pulpogan bow in gratitude for the 20kg sacks of Taiwan rice, 10 liters of potable water, and grocery items they received. Tzu Chi scholars from Barangay Pulpogan bow in gratitude for the 20kg sacks of Taiwan rice, 10 liters of potable water, and grocery items they received.
Relief distribution last December 23 for 45 Tzu Chi scholars in the Municipality of Catmon Relief distribution last December 23 for 45 Tzu Chi scholars in the Municipality of Catmon
Volunteers prepare boxes of potable water for distribution. Volunteers prepare boxes of potable water for distribution.
Each scholar received a bag of 20kg Taiwan rice, 10 liters of drinking water, and a bag of assorted grocery items. Each scholar received a bag of 20kg Taiwan rice, 10 liters of drinking water, and a bag of assorted grocery items.
Tzu Chi scholars from Catmon repack rice they received into 3-kg packs. Twenty-seven packs were then distributed to families in coastal barangays who suffered greatly from the storm. Tzu Chi scholars from Catmon repack rice they received into 3-kg packs. Twenty-seven packs were then distributed to families in coastal barangays who suffered greatly from the storm.
Scholars surprised Tzu Chi volunteers by initiating a distribution drive of their own. Twenty families from the neighboring barangays were the recipients of their repacked rice. Scholars surprised Tzu Chi volunteers by initiating a distribution drive of their own. Twenty families from the neighboring barangays were the recipients of their repacked rice.
Scholars personally delivered repacked rice to families in the nearby coastal barangays. Scholars personally delivered repacked rice to families in the nearby coastal barangays.
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