Tzu Chi has re-built mosques and churches in disaster zones where faith plays an important role in local society. Tzu Chi nuns do not rely on donations for their livelihood, something uncommon among most Buddhist orders. In earlier days, the nuns sustained themselves by farming, weaving and other handicrafts. More recently, they sustained.
Commencing with its Mission of Charity, Tzu Chi has been focusing on providing financial aid to the underprivileged families, as well as, study grants to needy students.