February 16, 2023
Tzu Chi volunteers hold donation drive for Turkey and Syria
By Ben Baquilod
In the wake of the recent magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has now taken more than 41,000 lives in Turkey and Syria, Tzu Chi Foundation has been conducting various fundraising efforts to send help to the victims and survivors.
On February 15, Tzu Chi Philippines volunteers went house to house to seek donations from the residents of Brgy. Malanday, Marikina City. “We’re doing this to help relieve the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Turkey and Syria,” said volunteer Esperanza Celon.
A Typhoon Ondoy survivor and former Tzu Chi beneficiary, Esperanza has been doing volunteer work for the international humanitarian organization for 13 years now. “Our house was almost washed away by the floods then, and Tzu Chi helped us recover. As gratitude, I became a volunteer to help others too,” she said.
For the same reason, Novelita Soriano joined Tzu Chi after receiving help from Tzu Chi’s Typhoon Ondoy response in 2009. “Tzu Chi volunteers were very dedicated in helping us, and I really felt their compassion,” she said.
Novelita and Esperanza, along with their fellow volunteers, were delighted to receive positive feedback and bountiful donations after hours of walking along the streets and alleys of their barangay. “When we explained to them what happened to Turkey and Syria, they gave generously and whole-heartedly,” Novelita said.
“I cried and felt sorry when I saw what happened in the news,” said Caridad Rangel Rentosa, one of the hundreds of residents who donated to Tzu Chi. “I wish to help with the small amount I gave, and I pray that they recover,” she added.
Barangay Malanday Councilor Owel Bonita wished the same for the earthquake victims—and praised Tzu Chi’s fundraising efforts. “When a country, whether rich or poor, experiences a disaster like that, they would need help from other countries,” he said. “I’m happy about this initiative. In times like this, we need to help each other.”
To take part in Tzu Chi’s mission to help Turkey and Syria, kindly send your donations through the following:
Account Name: Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines, Inc.
BDO Account Number: 011978001800
Metrobank Account Number: 163-3-16307190-9