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Home Feature Stories One Year After Earthquake in Nepal Tzu Chi Volunteers Work Hand-in-Hand Bringing Relief Aid to Nepal

Tzu Chi Volunteers Work Hand-in-Hand Bringing Relief Aid to Nepal

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In order to deliver the aid to Nepal rapidly, volunteers in Taiwan and Indonesia join effort in a relay to send the relief items through airlifts. The Indonesian military will be assisting in delivering the 11,270 blankets, 7 tons of instant rice enough for 70,000 meals and 10 solar charging units to Nepal. It is stipulated to arrive on May 2.

After the foundation’s Nepal earthquake relief and medical team started work on April 29, they reported serious shortages of food and blankets in the affected areas, with temperatures dropping in the evenings in the open spaces where the victims are sleeping. In order to deliver the aid rapidly, the foundation in Taiwan and the branch in Indonesia join effort. On the morning of April 30, the relief goods were carried on an aircraft of China Airlines to Indonesia, where they were handed over to the foundation’s Indonesia branch. The Indonesian military would then assist in bringing the items through "humanitarian relief" chartered plane over to Nepal, due to arrive on May 2.

This collaboration is in fact the result of many years of work by Indonesian Tzu Chi volunteers in Indonesia, in areas such as environmental protection, disaster relief and education, which has won the praise of the government. On May 19, 2014, the branch signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian military to work together in aid to disasters, humanitarian relief, environmental recycling and education. This paved the way for this operation in Nepal.

The Tzu Chi Foundation said: “we want to thank China Airlines for assisting in the transport of relief goods to Nepal, providing a reduction in price and such a quick service. The materials will arrive on May 2. The blankets could provide warmth of more than 11,000 people, and the seven tons of instant rice can feed 70,000 people.”

By Tzu Chi Foundation