Since its establishment, the Caodai sect has paid due attention to social charities. Contained in its charter is the words of Pope Nguyễn Ngọc Tương, founder of the Caodai church, who emphasized the social charities work as both demonstrating and cultivating ways of compassion and love towards humanity.
In the organization system, the Caodai church has established a separate body for implementing social charities at both central and local levels of the church’s administration. At the central level, the charity board is directly under the church’s central Executive Committee. In localities, all 198 parishes of the Caodai church have their own charities boards established for social charities.
Generally, all followers of the Correction-Path Caodai Church are members of charities boards and make voluntary contributions to the fund for implementing social charities. However, their contributions vary, depending on their varying income and specific activities of social charities in need.
In addition, under guidance of Pope Nguyễn Ngọc Tương, the Caodai church also established a separate body called “Merit Institution” as one of the Church’s Council of Nine Institute for guiding followers to cultivate their merit through making practical contributions to fellow human beings as well as the community and society.
Social charities proactively and practically implemented by followers of the Correction-Path Caodai Church throughout the country take many forms, such as providing supports to the poor and the less fortunate, including medical charities to poor patients, sending and distributing relief to victims of natural calamities, building charity houses for the disadvantaged, joining with local authorities for upgrading infrastructures and building civilized lifestyles, organizing charity trips to remote and difficult areas for supporting to disadvantaged people, etc.
As reviewed and reported during its recent national congress, for the 2012-2017 tenure, the Correction-Path Caodai Church has provided a total value of VND 25 billion and 60 thousand working days for charitable and social activities. In particular, the church has provided medical cares to 370 thousand people and acupuncture to over 113 thousand others, donating over 1.5 million boxes of traditional medicines, presenting over 5.3 billion VND and 20 thousand working days to over 8 thousand poor people from localities nationwide.
In addition, the church has contributed a total value of nearly VND 11 billion for giving to funds for the poor and victims of natural calamities and education promotion, as well as presenting 50 houses for poor households for the past five year.