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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

Spreading Love to the Fire Victims

Written by  Yau Sai Moi,Sandakan Translated by Lee Hui Yieng

Volunteers handed the cash aid to the fire victims respectfully. [Photograph by Chin Tet Fui]

A fire broke out at about 1 am on March 19, 2018, destroyed 28 wooden houses in Kampung Seng Kee and causing 156 people homeless.


Unfortunate incidents constantly befall the poor. On March 19, 2018, a fire burnt down 28 wooden houses in Kampung Seng Kee, Tanah Merah, Sandakan, causing 156 people from 34 households homeless.

Kampung Seng Kee is located about 2 km away from Sandakan town. Most of the residents there are the indigenous living in wooden houses on stilts. The burnt down houses sat on a 1-acre piece of private land.

On March 20, upon hearing the news, volunteers visited the fire site to assess the damages. Charred pillars and zinc sheets were scattered everywhere. According to the victims, the fire was caused during cooking.

On March 24, an emergency relief distribution was held where cash aid was distributed to each affected household based on the list obtained from the Welfare Department. During this event, the emcee introduced Tzu Chi to the victims, explaining to them the origin of Tzu Chi’s Bamboo Bank Era, to make them aware that Tzu Chi’s charity funds come from the contributions of many and were themselves inspired to sow the seeds of kindness and blessings. They were further encouraged to do recycling to protect Mother Earth.

After a letter from Master Cheng Yen was read aloud to the victims, everyone prayed for a world free from disasters. This was followed by the distribution of cash aid to each affected household.

The village chief, Maimon bte Awang, and Ling Jin He from the city council, were also present to learn more about the situation. They were impressed by Tzu Chi’s spirit of Great Love that transcends racial boundaries.

Despite the disaster, it is fortunate that no one was injured in the incident. It is hoped that aid from various resources will help the victims to resume their normal lives soon.

 

 

On March 20, a fire burnt down 28 wooden houses in Kampung Seng Kee, Tanah Merah, Sandakan, causing 156 people homeless. [Photograph by Chin Tet Fui]   On March 24, volunteers carried out an emergency relief distribution in an open area opposite the fire site. [Photograph by Chin Tet Fui]

On March 20, a fire burnt down 28 wooden houses in Kampung Seng Kee, Tanah Merah, Sandakan, causing 156 people homeless. [Photograph by Chin Tet Fui]
 
On March 24, volunteers carried out an emergency relief distribution in an open area opposite the fire site. [Photograph by Chin Tet Fui]
 
The victims made donations after learning that even a little kindness when pooled together, can be of great help to the needy. [Photograph by Chin Tet Fui]

The victims made donations after learning that even a little kindness when pooled together, can be of great help to the needy. [Photograph by Chin Tet Fui]