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Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

Timely Distribution of Uniforms Brought Great Joy to Students

Written by  Yap Poh Chan, Kan Sou Fong & Lee Heng Lun, Nilai & Lenggeng / Translated by Goh Hwe Yong

Tzu Chi Seremban Liaison Office held a distribution of school uniforms to 18 pupils from two Tamil schools. [Photograph by Lee Mei Ling]

It is not an exaggeration that to clad in a pair of clean uniform for school is a luxury for some less fortunate children. In response to proposals by two Tamil primary schools in Seremban, Tzu Chi Seremban initiated the first school uniform distribution to 18 children from the said schools. With that, it was hoped that the children would be able to attend school with no worry of not having any uniform.


To school-going children, happiness is to don the school uniform to attend class. However, it is sad to know that certain segment in our society is less fortunate, with children wearing worn out uniforms and school shoes to class. To own a brand new set of uniform is simply beyond their dream.

Hence, on June 16 and June 19, 2017, Tzu Chi Liaison Office in Seremban held a simple event of distributing new uniforms to 18 children in two Tamil primary schools, namely SJK(T) Ladang Kubang, Nilai, and SJK(T) Ladang Lenggeng, Lenggeng, respectively.

Prompt response to school’s request

When Tzu Chi volunteers visited the schools, some school heads suggested that Tzu Chi helps the needy pupils by distributing school uniforms, in addition to the existing study grants. After an assessment meeting, it was decided that the distribution was necessary.

Upon obtaining the name list, volunteers went to the respective schools to personally take measurements of their sizes, and prepare list of relief items, including shoes and socks, according to their needs. Orders were then made directly with the supplier. As it was for welfare purposes, the supplier offered a 10% discount in support of the good cause.

On the distribution days, carefully packed and labelled packages of school uniforms were brought to the schools. To each recipient, the package represented hope.

A simple ceremony was held, commencing with speeches by representatives of the respective schools and Tzu Chi before the distribution. The pupils were very happy; and volunteers helped each pupil to put on their new uniforms to ensure that they fitted.

All for one, one for all

There was a pair of twin sisters – Jesmin and Jessita a/p S. Murugaya, whose father had been unemployed for quite some time before he found a job. However, his meagre income was insufficient to support his family. As such, the new school uniforms and related items were a very timely gift, for it relieved the heavy financial burden on the family.

Geetha a/p Rajenteran also benefitted greatly from this gift of love. Her father, the sole breadwinner of the family, already found it hard to pay the school fees for his five children. Geetha was thankful for the gift of love, and being good in her studies, she hopes to do well academically in return.

Kesavan a/l Rajendran, a Primary 5 pupil, and a school librarian, was grateful to learn that the gifts came from charitable contributions. He also wanted to save into the Tzu Chi bamboo bank to help others. The human nature of kindliness in him was thus awakened.

Pupathi a/l Danaraj thanked Tzu Chi volunteers on behalf of the pupils from SJK(T) Ladang Lenggeng. School representatives and pupils from SJK(T) Ladang Kubang also raised their hands with palms together as a gesture of thankfulness. Each and every pupil was thrilled with the gift.

School heads and staff gratified

Senior Assistant of SJK(T) Ladang Kubang, Manimaran a/l Raganathan, felt grateful for the consistent aid that Tzu Chi has extended to the less fortunate pupils in the school, such as, subsidies for bus transport. The distribution of school uniforms in the current slow economic situation meant a great deal to the poor. He encouraged the pupils, who had benefitted from the distribution, to study hard to reciprocate the aid given to them.

Sarasvathy a/p Kaliappan was transferred half a year ago to SJK(T) Ladang Lenggeng as the new School Principal. She had known Tzu Chi and its charity missions when Tzu Chi distributed study grants to pupils in her former school. She expressed that she was touched by Tzu Chi’s work, and hoped to join the ranks of volunteers one day. In the meantime, she has become a monthly donor of Tzu Chi.

Each set of school uniform was the result of accumulated efforts and love from the general public. Tzu Chi volunteers gratefully passed on this love to the needy, as an act of kindness would eradicate a thousand unkind happenings. Hopefully, when kindliness in every heart is awakened, the social environment we are in could become peaceful.

 

 

A group photo of Tzu Chi volunteers and the teachers and beneficiaries of SJK(T) Ladang Kubang. [Photograph by Lee Mei Ling]   Senior Assistant of SJK(T) Ladang Kubang, Manimaran (2nd right), is seen here exchanging views with Tzu Chi volunteers. [Photograph by Lee Mei Ling]

A group photo of Tzu Chi volunteers and the teachers and beneficiaries of SJK(T) Ladang Kubang. [Photograph by Lee Mei Ling]
 
Senior Assistant of SJK(T) Ladang Kubang, Manimaran (2nd right), is seen here exchanging views with Tzu Chi volunteers. [Photograph by Lee Mei Ling]
 
Distribution in progress. Photo shows Geetha (left) receiving her uniform from a Tzu Chi volunteer. [Photograph by Tan Hock Ann]   Volunteers showing the Jing Si Aphorisms to Sarasvathy (in red Sari), School Principal of SJK(T) Ladang Lenggeng. [Photograph by Tan Hock Ann]

Distribution in progress. Photo shows Geetha (left) receiving her uniform from a Tzu Chi volunteer. [Photograph by Tan Hock Ann]
 
 
Volunteers showing the Jing Si Aphorisms to Sarasvathy (in red Sari), School Principal of SJK(T) Ladang Lenggeng. [Photograph by Tan Hock Ann]