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Saturday, 03 February 2018 00:00

Bringing Love to Asrama Cahaya

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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.


A total of 466 care recipients and family members, including residents of welfare homes, “returned home” for a festive reunion. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

Things changed through time but Tzu Chi volunteers’ love and care towards care recipients remain even after more than 20 years. It was heart-warming that many had set aside time for the annual year-end distribution event, a reunion for care recipients.

Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme is a form of recognition and a source of motivation to the needy students for their hard work. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

After the introduction of Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme, the absent rate among students, who did not perform well in their studies, has been lowered; and the teachers stopped punishing their students by requesting them to copy long texts. Realizing that they too could be recipients of Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme with little improvements in their academic performances, students with less-than-satisfactory results became motivated and achieved better results.

On November 17, 2017, Tzu Chi volunteers in Muar initiated the street fundraising campaign for Penang flood victims, hoping to gather the kindness from all to help those affected to return to their normal lives soon. [Photograph by Kang Miew Tiang]

Eleven-year-old Chiow Wee Nee donated her entire pocket money of RM10. She said, “The flood victims do not even have a proper place to sleep, so we must help them. As for the money, I could save again.”

Taman Saga in Mentakab was struck by a rainstorm. Tzu Chi volunteers were swiftly mobilized to assess the situation and provide relief cash to the affected victims. [Photograph by Lai Nyok Chan]

After the onslaught of a destructive rainstorm in Taman Saga, Mentakab, 22 volunteers in eight teams set off to the severely affected areas to assess the situation. On October 25, 2017, and amidst the drizzling rain, a cash relief distribution was carried out for 65 affected households (comprising 17 Chinese, 16 Malay and 32 Indian).

Volunteers presented relief cash and foldable mattresses to the landslide victims respectfully. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]

A landslide destroyed six houses at Kampung Kolam Damai due to incessant heavy rain for days. Upon receiving the news, Tzu Chi volunteers in Kota Kinabalu set off to assess the situation and obtain details for aid relief. On October 22, 2017, volunteers delivered relief cash and foldable mattresses to nine affected households at Komplex Sukan Penampang.

Volunteer Lee Chew Yee always took the proper opportunity to teach Kaavitha to stand on her own feet. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

When life is not merciful, some choose to give up, some choose to struggle on. Kaavitha’s husband chose the former. He left life’s problems for her to solve. Kaavitha finally managed to stand on her own to look after her family, after much coaxing from Tzu Chi volunteers who supported her in all ways.

A fun game zone was set up using recyclables to raise the attendees’ environmental awareness. While enjoying the games, they also learnt about upcycling. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

The Deepavali distribution event for Indian care recipients was held at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall on October 1, 2017. It felt like a joyous family occasion, with a gathering of 564 Indian attendees from 162 households, all beautifully attired in their colourful outfits for the festive celebration.

Volunteer Cha Shaw Dee explained to Letchumy what was in the festive gift pack. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

The annual Deepavali festival is just around the corner. In order to give the Indian care recipients a better celebration, Tzu Chi volunteers in Merlimau, Malacca, delivered care and love to the families. They have also accompanied them continuously with sincerity and kindness, hoping that they would get back on their feet again.

Tzu Chi volunteers explained to Abdul Rahman on their purpose of visit. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

UNHCR received appeals for help from refugees residing in southern region of Peninsular Malaysia. However, due to shortage of manpower to conduct assessments and carry out relief work, they sought the strength of Tzu Chi volunteers and entrusted Tzu Chi to manage matters relating to the cash aid.

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