Wednesday, March 02, 2011

"Love Without Borders" - Empowering Women in South Africa

In post-apartheid South Africa in the early 1990s, Taiwanese businessmen and Tzu Chi volunteers started a job-training program to empower Zulu women and help them overcome poverty. Thousands eventually took part, and not only did these women emerge from poverty -- they also uncovered the power of unconditional giving. As they began to care for AIDS patients and orphans in impoverished Zulu communities, their actions sparked a movement that continues to spread the seeds of love.

Cooking hot meals for orphans

Two of these legendary Zulu women, Gladys Ngema and Tolakele Mkhize, recently led a workshop at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Please join us for a special evening, where Gladys, Tolakele and businessman Michael Pan will share their inspiring life stories and discuss their humanitarian work with the Tzu Chi Foundation (慈濟基金會) in South Africa.

Tzu Chi, whose name means "compassion and relief," is the largest NGO in the Chinese-speaking world. Founded in 1966 by the Venerable Master Cheng Yen, it has over 10 million members and chapters in over 40 countries. The group's core activities span Charity, Medicine, Education and Disaster Relief, and it provides aid to all people regardless of race or religion.

7:30 PM at San Jose State University (March 8)
2 PM at Bayview Opera House, SF (March 9)

Free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please visit: or call (408) 666-0624.

Video: About the Event

PHOTO: Tzu Chi volunteers gathering donations for charity work

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