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Lee Kah Chun (left) thanked the volunteers and medical professionals for giving him the courage to continue living. [Photograph by Woo Yoke Bee]

Life used to be vibrant for Lee Kah Chun, and he used to think that life is within his control. Now, at age 30, his disabling medical conditions had brought him to the brink of death a few times. He finally realized that he has no control over his life. But he is grateful to his father, Tzu Chi volunteers and TIMA members for their care for his medical and emotional needs, and for staying by his side as he faces the challenges ahead of him.

Kong Pui Choon thanked Ng Kim Poh (middle) and other volunteers for cleaning up their home and sending items like mattresses to improve their quality of life. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

The elderly Kong brothers lived in a terraced house filled with recyclables. When volunteers visited the home, they found out that the elder brother, Kong Pui Choon, who had a stroke, and the younger brother, Kong Ah Chye, who has a slight mental disability, were living in a poor environment. Volunteers not only took the brothers to seek medical treatment, but also repaired and reorganized their home.

Volunteer Ong Seng Yeow facilitated the Book Study Club at Simpang Renggam Prison, reading “Earth Treasury Sutra – Interpretation by Master Cheng Yen”. [Photograph provided by Simpang Renggam Prison]

Can a Book Study Club be successfully launched in a prison? Will the inmates read and understand the Sutra? Prior to starting the Study Club in the prison, a Tzu Chi volunteer from Kluang read up the scriptures and prepared an 11-session reading plan, to share the Sutra content with the inmates in an easy-to-comprehend way.

Fire victim, Koe He Chooi, donated the relief cash he received back to Tzu Chi to help those who are more in need. [Photograph by Cheong Siew Wai]

A merciless blaze destroyed three old shop-houses at Pengerang, and took away the lives of a senior couple, who ran an electrical appliance shop. Upon receipt of the news, Tzu Chi volunteers were mobilized to assess the situation and comfort the fire victims.

Tzu Chi Kuching held a joint celebration of Gawai Dayak and Eid al-Fitr on July 1, 2018. At the event, Tzu Chi volunteers led the children to perform sign language interpretation of the song, “We Are Family”. [Photograph by Ng Hsiung Hsiung]

On July 1, 2018, Tzu Chi Kuching centre was merry with volunteers busily preparing for the Gawai Dayak celebration and Eid al-Fitr gathering, before welcoming the care recipients from 26 households.

Goh Kok Eng (left) and TIMA doctor visited care recipient, Choo Kim. [Photograph by Low Siew Lian]

Initially, he could not understand the volunteers’ kind intention and tried to chase them away. But for his son in jail, volunteers did not give up. They tried all means and finally managed to gain his trust. With that, the father and two sons had a change of fate for the better.

At volunteers’ encouragement, Geetha, who was recovering from her injury, followed her husband, Sukumaran, to take part in recycling activity. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Tzu Chi volunteers walked into the life of Sukumaran’s family five years ago, through an affinity bridged by Tzu Chi Study Grant. Back then, Sukumaran was facing a business crisis and his wife, Geetha, was suffering from a severe spinal injury due to a traffic accident. With volunteers’ caring companionship, their life is gradually back on track again. Although there are still many challenges ahead, the couple is determined to walk the Bodhisattva Path to reciprocate the kindness they have received.

When baking festive cookies for Tzu Chi, Yati realized that it could be her additional source of income. [Photograph by Low Siew Lian]

With Eid al-Fitr approaching, Tzu Chi Malacca invited an Indonesian woman, Yati Anon, to make festive cookies for the care recipients, so that she can make some income to support her family.

Volunteer Lim Theam Aik shared about Tzu Chi’s disaster relief principles and mechanisms, as well as, inventions for disaster relief. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]

Yayasan Hasanah, a foundation of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, organized a forum for sharing of experiences and key learning from natural disaster response. Tzu Chi was the only Buddhist organization invited to the forum among several other governmental and non-governmental bodies.

Thiban’s perseverance and hard work had created unlimited possibilities for him. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Coming from a poor family, 18-year-old Thiban did not give up on his study. Instead, he was motivated and determined to strive even harder. His efforts paid off when he achieved 10 As in the 2017 SPM examination.

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