Tzu Chi volunteers assisting in Haiti.
PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation has made an online donation of US $3,650 to Tzu Chi USA’s “Love Saves Haiti” programme to assist the many persons who were affected by hurricane Matthew which severely affected that Caribbean nation in early October.
Tzu Chi Commissioner Sandra Cheung said the donation represented US $10 per day donation multiplied by the 365 days in the year. The Foundation has also recently received donations of US $100 and US $50 to help Tzu Chi’s efforts to assist Haiti.
Cheung is encouraging residents who would like to assist Haiti via Tzu Chi’s USA chapter to donate whatever amounts they would like to Tzu Chi St. Maarten relief account at Windward Islands Bank (WIB) account number 219322-01. The funds will be transferred to Tzu Chi USA which is executing relief efforts in Haiti.
Cheung said Haiti needs the help of everyone to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew.
Haiti had already endured tremendous loss after one of the 10 deadliest earthquakes in history struck in 2010.
Tzu Chi started providing humanitarian aid in Haiti in 1999, and its commitment to the Haitian people remains unbroken, the Foundation said.
Tzu Chi’s Hurricane Matthew disaster assessment led to a plan of action that began in Jeremie and Les Cayes, two of the hardest-hit towns. Tzu Chi will provide drinking water, hot meals, cholera vaccinations and building supplies to replace roofs torn off by the storm. Tzu Chi will then launch a Cash-For-Relief programme similar to the one that was of great benefit after the Ecuador earthquake this year.
Tzu Chi will assist Haiti now as well as in the long-term as the nation recovers from this latest catastrophe, but to do so, it needs the assistance of everyone.
Tzu Chi said even by contributing just US $1 a day, “your love can save others from suffering.”
Persons can join Tzu Chi’s “Love Saves” movement by donating to Tzu Chi St. Maarten and the funds will be transferred to Tzu Chi USA, which is directly assisting Haiti.