25th anniversary of The Indonesian Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

SINCE 1993

1993 The Origin of Tzu Chi in Indonesia

Liang Cheung mobilized the wives of Taiwanese entrepreneurs to hold Tzu Chi charity mission in Indonesia. Living and staying in a foreign country, they witnessed numerous sufferings around them. Then a question popped up : “Why don’t we hold charity activities in Indonesia?” Initially, only few wives of Taiwanese entrepreneurs started simple charity works such as giving donations to orphanages, nursing homes, and schools. Read more

1994 Inauguration of Yayasan Buddha Tzu Chi Indonesia

On 27 July 1994, nine Indonesian Tzu Chi volunteers went home to Taiwan to meet Master Cheng Yen, asking for Master’s blessing to establish Tzu Chi in Indonesia. Master Cheng Yen equip said, “Those who make a living in a foreign country must empower and contribute to the locals living in the country.” A month later, on 28th September 1994, Tzu Chi Indonesia was inaugurated. Liu Su Mei was chosen to become the Chairwoman of Tzu Chi Indonesia Foundation. Read more

1995 The first Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Indonesia

On 24th November 1994, Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta erupted. Responding to the natural disaster, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately held a relief mission to support the victims. This was the first biggest disaster relief mission held by Tzu Chi Indonesia. To help the locals affected by the eruption, a year after the eruption, on 5 September 1995, Tzu Chi built the first 12 Tzu Chi Great Love Houses in Wonokerto, Yogyakarta. Read more

Tzu Chi Indonesia completed the Foundation registration procedure

November 15, 1996, Tzu Chi in Indonesia completed the foundation registration procedure and was named Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Indonesia. Read more

Tzu Chi's Indonesian Liaison Office was officially established

September 28, 1997, Tzu Chi’s Indonesian Liaison Office located in Jakarta was officially established. Read more

1998 The association of Eka Tjipta Widjaja, the owner of Sinarmas Group and his son in Tzu Chi Indonesia

In 1998, Eka Tjipta, along with his wife and son, Franky O. Widjaja, accompanied by Jia Wenyu, who had already been a Tzu Chi committee volunteer, went to Hualien to meet Master Cheng Yen. After the meeting, Franky started to encourage the employees of Sinar Mas to become volunteers and get involved in numerous activities of Tzu Chi Indonesia. Read more

1998 Financial and Political Crisis Causing Riot in Jakarta

Financial Crisis in Asia in 1997 promptly affected Indonesian Economy. The gap between the rich and the poor got worse. This caused a high social resentment. On 13 – 16 May, a riot broke up in Jakarta. A lot of people were in fear. Master Cheng Yen sent a message to Tzu Chi Indonesia volunteers : “Hatred can only be dissolved by compassion.” Read more

1999 Rice Distribution Brought Peace to end Racial Conflict

After the riot in Indonesia, Tzu Chi Indonesia held a large-scale rice and daily needs distribution for the first time. A total of 100,535 donation packages consisting of rice, cooking oil, and sugar were distributed to Indonesian soldiers, policemen, and others in need. Read more

The status of the Liaison Office Becomes a Branch Office

Thanks to Tzu Chi’s concrete actions, Tzu Chi Indonesia presence was slowly accepted by the community, and many began to join as volunteers. The growth of the number of volunteers made the status of Indonesian Liaison Office advanced and to become the Branch Office on September 27, 1999. The founder of the Sinarmas Group, Eka Tjipta Widjaja, provided a place for Tzu Chi Indonesia Branch Office, which was located at the 5th floor of ITC Mangga Dua Jakarta. Read more

2002 Post-flood’s 5P Program in Jakarta

A dense rain made 80% of Jakarta flooded. Tzu Chi volunteers, together with the government disaster management board delivered help for the victims. To deal with the disaster, Master Cheng Yen directed Tzu Chi volunteers to launch 5P Program: (water pumping, water purification, sanitization, free clinics, and housing project ). This then led to a series of long-term and wide-scale programs such as the cleaning of Angke River and the construction of Tzu Chi Great Love Village. Read more

2002 The establishment of TIMA Indonesia

After holding several large-scale free clinic, in 1999 Tzu Chi Indonesia established Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) Indonesia. When established, TIMA Indonesia comprising of 34 members, was chaired by dr. Budiono Sp. B., supported by his vice chairman, dr. Hengky Ardono. Read more

2003 Love from Taiwan spreads throughout Indonesia

In 2003, Franky O. Widjaja served as The Vice Chairman of The Indonesian Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. Franky keeps encouraging Sinar Mas Group to continuously support Tzu Chi activities and carrying out Tzu Chi missions. During 2003 - 2005, there were more than 1,000 employees of Sinar Mas Group participating in the distribution of 50,000 tons of rice in 14 provinces throughout Indonesia. Read more

2003 Long-term care for Nurul Iman Islamic Boarding School

In 2003, with the assistance of the Minister of Social Affairs, Bachtiar Chamsyah, Tzu Chi had the chance to support Nurul Iman Islamic Boarding School, building a love bridge connecting different races, religions, and ethnics. Tzu Chi provided 50 tons of rice each month for one year. Aside from providing rice, the volunteers also showed their care to the students. Read more

2003 The Inauguration of Cinta Kasih Tzu Chi Cengkareng Housing Complex

President Megawati Soekarno Putri inaugurated Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Cengkareng, West Jakarta. President Megawati also had the opportunity to see the houses and the facilities in the housing complex. The great love village is equipped with various facilities, such as polyclinic, schools, and home industry workplace for the residents. Since then, the people who used to live on Angke river bank has moved to a better place. Read more

2004 Relief for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Aceh

On December 26, 2004, a devastating 8.9 Richter Scale earthquake shook Aceh and parts of Sumatra. The earthquake caused a tsunami affecting 12 countries, and one of the worst hit was Aceh and parts of North Sumatra, claiming two hundred thousand lives.Tzu Chi volunteers continuously gave their support through post-relief recovery program held with three objectives: calming the body, calming the soul, and restoring the life. Tzu Chi built 3,700 tents as temporary shelters in Meulaboh, Kuta Padang, West Aceh, Aceh Jaya, and Aceh Besar. Read more

2005 The Inauguration of Nurul Iman Islamic Boarding School Building

Following the rice donation, Tzu Chi developed closer relationship with Al-Ashriyah Nurul Iman Islamic Boarding School. During a free clinic service, Tzu Chi volunteers saw that the classroom were no longer enough for the growing numbers of students. Observing this condition, Tzu Chi decided to build a school building so that the students could focus more on their study. On July 17, 2005, the two-story school building was officially inaugurated. Tzu Chi also helped to provide clean water for the needs of 8,000 students. Read more

2005 Laying of the First Stone of Cinta Kasih Tzu Chi Housing Complex in Aceh

After the earthquake and tsunami in Aceh, many people lost their homes. Tzu Chi took part in Aceh's recovery and rehabilitation process by building Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Aceh. The groundbreaking of the construction was carried out in September 24, 2005. Tzu Chi built 2,700 housing units in three locations: Banda Aceh (716 houses), Neuheun (850 houses), and Meulaboh (1,134 houses). Read more

2005 Inauguration of Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Aceh

The construction of Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Panteriek, Banda Aceh was inaugurated on December 27, 2005 by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Tzu Chi built 2,700 houses in Aceh in three locations: Banda Aceh (716 houses), Neuheun (850 houses), and Meulaboh (1,134 houses). The great love village is equipped with mosques, schools and community hall. The home-ownership certificates were given to the residents in December 13, 2009. Read more

2006 Building Post-earthquake Schools in Yogyakarta

In May 27, 2006, a 5.9 Richter Scale earthquake shook Yogyakarta and Central Java regions. The following day, in May 28, volunteers distributed medicines and relief items. The volunteers quickly distributed the relief materials, such as foods, blankets and temporary evacuation tents. Six months after the earthquake, Tzu Chi decided to rebuild the school in the Bantul area damaged by the earthquake. The school built with the integrated concept, ranging from elementary up to high school level, was called Sekolah Terpadu Cinta Kasih Tzu Chi. Read more

2007 DAAI TV Indonesia Officially Broadcasting

Tzu Chi Broadcasting and Cultural Foundation established DAAI TV Station in Jakarta, Indonesia, and became the first Tzu Chi "Wireless Television Station" in the world. In July 30, 2007, Medan DAAI TV began broadcasting in Medan and surrounding areas. A month later, in August 25, 2007, DAAI TV Jakarta officially broadcasted in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi regions. Read more

2007 Inauguration of Simpay Asih Bridge

The Simpay Asih Bridge built by Tzu Chi in Bandung, connects two villages: Simpang village in Garut and Cempakasari Village in Tasikmalaya. Before the bridge was constructed, the local villagers and students must swim across the Cikangean River for about 70 meters. Concerning to this harmful condition, Tzu Chi decided to build a 104-meter long and 1.75-meter wide bridge. At the inauguration event of the bridge, Tzu Chi also distributed 14 tons of rice and 500 packages of educational equipment to primary and secondary students. Read more

2007 Tzu Chi Angke River

Responding to Tzu Chi’s sincere and continuous care for Angke River, the Jakarta provincial government decided to name a 2.4-kilometer long river (from DHI Bridge at Teluk Gong to Prof. DR.Sedyatmo Toll Bridge) as ""Kali Angke Tzu Chi"" (Tzu Chi Angke River). The inauguration of the ""Kali Angke Tzu Chi"" monument was then held on 13 April 2009. Read more

2008 The Village Rehabilitation Program of Tzu Chi in Pademangan

In February 14, 2008, Tzu Chi started a partnership with the Government of Jakarta and Jakarta Military Command to run the Village Rehabilitation program. This program was being implemented in several phases. Up to 2010, 242 houses have been built under the program. Read more

2009 Laying the First Stone of the Tzu Chi Center

The Tzu Chi volunteers from Aceh to Papua have been working on the Tzu Chi’s four main missions actively. Following all the efforts, Tzu Chi just then built their own home. The groundbreaking of the Indonesian Tzu Chi Center was held in May 10, 2009. Established on a 10-hectare area, the main building of the Jing Si Hall has 8 floors. Read more

2010 Rebuilding the building of SMA Negeri 1 Padang State Senior High School

On 30th September 2009, the 7.6 Richter Scale earthquake hit Padang.The Indonesian Tzu Chi volunteers immediately visited the location, doing relief survey and providing food and medicine. After the earthquake, learning that the SMAN 1 Padang state senior high school was heavily damaged , Tzu Chi volunteers decided to rebuild the school. On 7th August 2010, the school building was inaugurated. The newly-built school is not only a learning place, but it is also designed to stand an earthquake up to 9.5 Richter Scale. Read more

2011 Inauguration of the Indonesian Tzu Chi School

Master Cheng Yen believes that education must be able to guide students to become ones with good morality and to able to express their gratitude and respect to others. This concept of education underpins the development of the Tzu Chi School in Indonesia. The Tzu Chi Indonesia School was inaugurated in July 10, 2011 by the Minister of National Education Mohammad Nuh. “Education is a noble mission because it can cultivate talented people. Although tough and challenging, we must work wholeheartedly and confidently to overcome all of the hardships," stressed M. Noah in his opening remarks. Read more

2012 Inauguration of Indonesian Jing Si Hall

In October 7, 2012, Jing Si Indonesia Hall was officially inaugurated by the Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare, Agung Laksono. This inauguration was attended by government officials, religious leaders, community leaders, and friends from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and China. More than 5,000 volunteers and guests witnessed this historical moment. They include volunteers from overseas, such as the United States of America and the Philippines. Read more

2014 Signing of the MoU with the Indonesian National Army (TNI)

In May 19, 2014, the Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Sugianto Kusuma and the Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Force, General Moeldoko signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) on partnership in disaster relief, social humanity, environmental conservation, and education. The cooperation between Tzu Chi and the Indonesian National Armed Force have been well established, especially when they work together to conduct humanitarian relief and free clinic in various regions of Indonesia. Read more

2015 The Groundbreaking Ceremony of Indonesian Tzu Chi Hospital

After two years of preparation, the groundbreaking ceremony of Indonesia Tzu Chi General Hospital was held on 31st May 2015. This is the first Tzu Chi General Hospital outside Taiwan, covering an area of 2.6 hectares and 21 floors high. With a total of 528 beds, the Tzu Chi hospital will be the first hospital in Indonesia serving bone marrow transplantation. Read more

2017 Health Service in the Outer Islands

Welcoming the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian National Armed Force, Tzu Chi collaborated with the Indonesian Navy to hold free clinic on the three outer islands by using medical vessels of KRI dr. Soeharso - the largest medical ship owned by the Indonesian Navy. This medical ship is equipped with an emergency room, operating rooms, treatment rooms, and 40 patient beds. Read more

2018 Signing of MoU with Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)

In June 4, 2018, the ceremony of the 2652 BE/2018 National Wesak day with the theme of “Unity, Sharing, Building the Nation with Love” was held by the Indonesian Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in collaboration with the Indonesian Buddhist Assembly Association (Permabudhi) at Jing Si Hall, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. Tzu Chi Indonesia together with the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) signed a MoU on partnerships in education, health, humanity, and environmental conservation. Read more

2018 The Inauguration of Batam Jing Si Hall

After three years of construction, the Jing Si Hall in Batam was finally inaugurated on August 18, 2018. This is the second Jing Si hall in IndonesiaSince the beginning of 2000, the Singapore’s Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) had travelled to the island to provide free clinics. That’s how the bond between Tzu Chi volunteers and Batam residents’ started. After years of efforts, the activities had finally moved local volunteers. As time goes by, this then led to the construction of Batam Jing Si Hall serving as a the activity centre and a place to cultivate the love of Batam people. Read more





People Stories

Liu Su Mei - Chairwoman of The Indonesian Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation

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Sugianto Kusuma -Vice Chairman of The Indonesian Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation

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Franky Oesman Widjaja - Vice Chairman of The Indonesian Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation

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Jia Wen Yu - Tzu Chi Committee Volunteer Indonesia

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Mansjur Tandiono - Commissioner of DA AI TV Indonesia

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Liliawati Rahardjo - Tzu Chi Committee Volunteer Indonesia

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Eka Tjandranegara - Head of Tzu Chi Development Project

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Like Hermansyah - Tzu Chi Committee Volunteer Indonesia

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Hong Tjhin - CEO of DA AI TV Indonesia

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Anthoni Salim - Board of Directors of The Indonesian Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation

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