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The farmers were eager to receive their allocation of rice seeds, and bade the volunteers farewell with a friendly wave as a token of gratitude. [Photograph by Julie Yen Yu Chu]

Repeated occurrences of natural disasters and the prevalence of pests have taken a toll on the income of local farmers in Myanmar. But the devastating floods of 2018 – the most severe in Myanmar’s history – compounded the dire circumstances of impoverished local farmers. In November 2018, Tzu Chi volunteers were dispatched to the disaster zone to distribute mung bean seeds to the farmers. Tzu Chi continued to extend aid to the farmers by organizing a 10-day rice seed distribution mission from February 16 to 25, 2019, in an effort to help local farmers regain their livelihood.

Volunteers worked under the scorching sun to harvest the ripe mung beans. They experienced the farmers’ hardship and shared their joy of harvest. [Photograph by Julie Yen Yu Chu]

Besides distributing material aid to Myanmarese farmers, Tzu Chi volunteers reached further into their lives through home visits and learn more about their living conditions as it is equally important to bring spiritual comfort, love and care to the aid recipients.

A precious moment with her dad after Tan Lai Ho received the “Academic Progress Award” from Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]

“Perseverance, determination, faith” these are Lai Ho’s favourite and self-reminding motivational words. Despite the uneasy road to learning, she deeply believes that as long as she progresses forward, her future is no longer an impossible dream.

Recipients of Tzu Chi Study Grant happily holding their certificates and cash cards as they do not need to worry about their school fees anymore. [Photograph by Lee Siew Kuan]

A young sapling, if given enough nutrients and cared for properly, will grow up to be a tall, strong tree, providing shade for all.

Misshadarni (1st right) posed for a photo with her parents and sister after receiving her study grant. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]

Misshadarni a/p Tharmarajah, a Primary 6 student in 2018, again qualified to receive Tzu Chi study aid this year. Her excellent UPSR academic results belied her daily personal family hardships and heavy responsibilities she had to shoulder. She sincerely thanked Tzu Chi for the study aid, which alleviated her parents’ financial burden and instilled great confidence in her, in the pursuit of her dreams.

Besides working part-time to earn his pocket money, Chien Zhi Yen also saves in his coin bank to help those who are in need. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]

After school, 14-year-old Chien Zhi Yen does not hang out with friends. The first thing he does is to check on his wheelchair-bound father, Chien Soo Teng, help him with his current needs, such as, personal hygiene, clearing of defaecation, and so on. This is his “other home work” besides the usual school homework. For his filial act, he was presented with Tzu Chi’s “Filial Piety Award”.

Volunteers presented certificates to the students to acknowledge their hard work. [Photograph by Ng Hock Thai]

On October 21, 2018, Tzu Chi Malacca held three sessions of Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme presentation ceremony at the Malacca Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. A total of 851 primary, secondary and tertiary students benefitted from the Scheme, where each of them received study aid ranging from RM300 to RM800, and a festive pack. Also, on that same day, beneficiaries of the Happy Schooling Scheme received a festive pack each, in conjunction with the upcoming Deepavali celebration.

Sending love and prayers to the affected areas. [Photograph by Ng Hai Ming]

Tzu Chi Foundation launched its relief missions after an earthquake hit Indonesia on September 28, 2018. Tzu Chi Chapters worldwide have also been holding prayers and soliciting public donations to help the quake victims, hoping that the collective kindness from all can bring peace to the world.

Tan Chuan Xiong (left) presented the donation receipt to Lee Kah Chun, thanking him for inspiring a hundred people to make a total donation of RM6,699 for the Indonesian quake victims. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]

How much impact can a photo have? Lee Kah Chun had never thought that a single photo can bring together the love of a hundred people to the Indonesia quake victims. He was grateful that while giving what he could for those in need, he found more motivation and courage to live on.

The nunnery feels solemn again after the completion of the repair work. The re-opening ceremony was graced by 300 Dharma Masters and guests. [Photograph by Ng Kee Seng]

When Thrangu Tara Abbey in Kathmandu, Nepal, was severely damaged from the two earthquakes in 2015, Tzu Chi promised to assist in the repair work. Now, the repair and reinforcement work, undertaken by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, has been completed, and Tzu Chi was invited to attend the handover and re-opening ceremony.

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