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Flood victims get help

Jerome Fan Jerome Fan
Cussana Mapu Cussana Mapu
Danny Tengan Danny Tengan
Olamonu Fale Olamonu Fale

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WAIALUA (KHNL) - Flood victims on Oahu's North Shore get a big boost from an international charitable organization.

The Tzu Chi Foundation raised around $80,000 for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

With 1,200 members throughout the state, it has given disaster relief to families for about ten years. Verified flood victims received debit cards, ranging from 100 to 500 dollars and this small gift, an organic blanket.

The flooding destroyed not only people's homes, but their spirits as well.

But the Tzu Chi Foundation, guided by the four buddhist principles of kindness, compassion, joy and giving, handed out some much needed help to victims.

"To give is such a joy, you get more from giving, you have happiness," Tzu Chi Foundation executive director Jerome Fan said. "That's why when we do this disaster relief, we are grateful for clients to come to us for help, so in our minds we don't see them as a client, we don't see us as the giver, we don't receive anything, we don't give anything."

Cussana Mapu's Laie home was flooded with up to eight inches of water. She and her family lost many precious belongings.

"If you've never been through a disaster, you'll never know about these people who come out and give up their time and their services, so for me being a first-time disaster services recipient, this is very humbling to know so many people want to help," she said.

Even some flood victims offered help.

"Some of them said in fact that you keep it, give it to someone who really needs it, so we felt really good about that," Danny Tengan of the State Civil Defense said.

About 200 people received money from the Tzu Chi Foundation Sunday. Some recipients tell us they'll use the money to buy things like appliances, beds, food, and clothes.

"There's worse tragedies out there, but we're very fortunate that we are not as bad as we hear people in the mainland go through," flood victim Olamonu Fale said. "This world is in such turmoil right now, and it's so refreshing to know there is hope that there are people out there that are thriving on the good, still."

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