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Monday, October 23, 2006



The religious is a kind of spirit which provides people love and power, but it is invisible. After Indonesia tsunami, many NGOs (Non-government organizations) assist victims in Indonesia, Ache Province. The processing of rebuild is hard and difficult, but the victims of tsunami feel hope and rebuilding their home step by step after one year. Therefore, this research paper will discuss what the difference providing assistances by religious NGO and non-religious NGO are and what the influence and outcome of providing assistances are.

Purpose Statement

There are many NGOs (non-government organizations) to do humanitarian aid in the world. I am curious about what the different assistance procedures and outcomes between religious NGOs and non-religious NGOs do. What influences will come after they assist victims? Therefore, this project will discuss the influence and outcome of the international assistances by religious NGO (Tzu Chi) and non-religious NGO (Medecins Sans Frontieres) in case study. Through this research, I will compare the procedures, outcomes and influences on victims by religious NGO and victims by non-religious NGO. I assume that it provides more enlightenment influence on victims by religious NGO than by non-religious NGO.

Literature Review

This study will begin on Maggie Black’s book. (2003) (Hsu Heng Shu translate (2005). This book divides four parts of international development. I will mention the first part which is the beginning and definition of international development because the international development is related to the international assistance. After understanding the beginning of NGO’s international assistance, I will focus on the six characters of NGO which is mentioned in Chung Pei Sin’s research paper. (2004).
The second part of the paper, I will enter the Tzu Chi’s international assistance history, which talks about the beginning of Tzu Chi Foundation and when Tzu Chi Foundation started to do international assistance. Lin Mei Ling (2004) together with how the organization does the policy-decision to international assistance. Chung Pei Sin. (2004). In other professor’s research paper, Yon Sho Shin (2003), the author mentions the process and the principles of international assistance of Tzu Chi. After that, in Cho Su Chang’s article from magazine (2005, December), the author says that the process of assistance in Indonesia tsunami and what Tzu Chi provides and comforts is mentioned in the article.
At the same month of magazine, Yeh Sin Huei (2005, December), describes what MSF( Medecins Sans Frontieres in French, Doctors Without Borders in English), a Non-religious NGO, did in the world and how and what they mobilize in Indonesia to assist victims of tsunami by housing, water, food, and so on. In Jong, K., Prosser, S., & Ford, N. (2005), the article “Addressing Psychosocial Needs in the Aftermath of the Tsunami.”, the authors describe what assistance and actions MSF provide to victims during the Indonesia tsunami. This non-religious organization will be compared with the religious organization.
Lee Yo Lan (2002) mentions that the activities of international assistance in Tzu Chi and tries to find out the outcomes and effects of international assistance after she did the survey. In discussion part, Wu Mei Huei, Wu Zung Yon, Wu Sin Sian (1995), the book is talking about the system and theory of volunteers related to the cause and inner motivation of being volunteers. This part will explain how the victims of tsunami become the volunteers who help other victims.

Description of research methods

This research paper will adopt method of information collection, observation and in-depth interviews. I will collect information about Tzu Chi Foundation and MSF done in the area of international assistance, especially in Indonesia Tsunami. To observe what materials they provide to victims in the tsunami and the follow-up plans to victims. On the other hand, I will do depth interviews to get more primary information. To test my hypothesis, more enlightenment from victims by religious NGO than by non-religious NGO, is true or not.


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