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Bringing Love to Asrama Cahaya

Written by  Ann Chung Ching Sei / KL & Selangor

Volunteers presented a little gift pack and mandarin oranges to each resident. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]

On February 3, 2018, Tzu Chi volunteers from the English Group made their first visit to Asrama Cahaya to send their love and care to the residents.

 


Asrama Cahaya is an elderly home located at Jalan Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur; a serene place surrounded by ancient buildings and situated in the middle of town. The residents are all female, aged between 57 and 92 years old. As most of them were sent to the home as orphans since childhood, they lacked parental love and care.

On February 3, 2018, a glorious Sunday morning at 9.15 am, a group of Tzu Chi volunteers joyfully gathered at Asrama Cahaya with the mission of sending love and care to the residents. “This is the first day, first time Tzu Chi volunteers are here. We must be patient and tolerant with the residents.” A mindful briefing by the Interim Coordinator, Chris Chew. Later, the volunteers were divided into two teams; the first team took care of 22 mobile residents on the first floor, while the second team served 21 less mobile residents on the ground floor.

“Good morning! It is a new day of life!” The activity started with a warm greeting from the Home Manager, Rita. Following that, volunteer Michele Ng gave a humorous introduction of Tzu Chi Foundation. In order to help the lovely residents remember Tzu Chi easily, she pronounced Tzu Chi as “cuci”, which means “washing” in Bahasa Malaysia. It made most of the residents and volunteers burst into laughter. Michele further wished every resident to have a fun and interesting day. After that, a sign language presentation of the song, “Happy Face”, was performed by ten Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth (Tzu Ching) members.

The sign language presentation, Chinese New Year songs and group activities created a festive atmosphere in the hall. The residents began clapping their hands and dancing happily with the encouragement from Tzu Ching members and volunteers. During the activity, volunteers also presented mandarin oranges and gift packs, consisted of a packet of peanut butter biscuits and a Jing Si Aphorism card, to each one of the residents. Michele told everyone that Jing Si Aphorisms are good words of wisdom for everyone to reflect upon and put into action.

The residents and volunteers shared and interacted with one another closely and joyfully. It touched everyone’s heart deeply when they put their palms together and sang the song, “Love and Care for All”, to pray for peace on Earth. The activity came to a successful completion, with everyone filled with Dharma Joy.

The Home Manager, Rita, took the volunteers on a tour of the workshop. To everyone’s amazement, the workshop is huge, neat and equipped with around 11 antique sewing machines. Rita proudly introduced the products sewn, such as, Batik bags, purses, casserole holders, rugs, dolls, blankets, and so on, made patiently by some of the residents. She praised the residents who participated in the sewing as “Super Women”. This reminded everyone of the Jing Si Aphorism, “Do not underestimate yourself, for everyone has unlimited potential.”

At the end of the visit, a group photo was taken in the garden at the end of the visit. Everyone was smiling cheerfully and looking forward to the next visit.

 

Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth members presented sign language performance of the song, “Happy Face”. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]   The residents enjoyed themselves dancing with the Tzu Chi volunteers and Tzu Ching members. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]

Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth members presented sign language performance of the song, “Happy Face”. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]
 
The residents enjoyed themselves dancing with the Tzu Chi volunteers and Tzu Ching members. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]
 
Volunteers showered their care and love on the residents. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]   The Home Manager of Asrama Cahaya, Rita (left), took the volunteers to tour around the workshop. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]

Volunteers showered their care and love on the residents. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]
 
 
The Home Manager of Asrama Cahaya, Rita (left), took the volunteers to tour around the workshop. [Photograph by Foo Hor Soon]