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Teacher Tay always cares for the needs of her students; and this has won her students’ love and respect. [Photograph byNg Saw Hua]

“Good morning, teacher!” Students would cordially and politely greet Teacher Tay Mei Geok. Always with a smile on her face, Teacher Tay would occasionally stop and greet her students warmly like a friend, putting her hand on their shoulder as she catches up with them on their recent life or encourages them to work harder. This scene can be seen daily at any corner in the school.

During the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme Presentation Ceremony, Komathi brought the bamboo bank to donate, hoping the money can be used to help others. [Photograph by Loh Siew Chien]

“We can only afford to buy one kilogram of rice each time as we do not have any savings.” The dire predicament of Komathi and her children prompted Tzu Chi volunteers to offer help by providing household goods and helping the children with their studies. This had inspired the family to reciprocate the kindness they received.

The students were obviously very happy with the recognition given. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Since 2012, with the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme replacing Tzu Chi Study Grant, the number of students benefitting from the scheme has increased over the years. The students have been working hard and are inspired to strive towards fulfilling their dreams.

Jodan Liong Tat Pou,who is planning to quit college despite having only started his class for less than a month, was grateful to be still able to continue studying with the help from Tzu Chi. Volunteer Yong Chee Ing, who also came from a poor family, gave Jodan his support and encouragement. [Photograph by Leong Im Chon]

“We had been poor for years, Tzu Chi was the first organization to give us a helping hand,” the mother, Chiam Chew Hong, poured out her years of grief. For the first time in March this year, Bintulu volunteers ventured into secondary schools to provide Education Sponsorship Scheme to students from low-income families. Christopher Liong Xio Ping, the second son of Chew Hong, who is currently in Form 4, is granted the monthly financial assistance. He spoke with gratitude, “I can use this money to buy reference books and subsidize the cost of petrol.”

Tzu Chi volunteers presenting the educational grant to students. With the financial assistance, these students could focus on their studies. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

On July 12, 2014, the 2014 Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme’s humanities course was held at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall for the first time. Accompanied by 330 parents/guardians, 266 students from 121 national and vernacular schools in KL & Selangor attended the course. The humanistic aspects of the course touched the hearts of many parents/guardians, especially when their children gave them a ‘foot-bath’. Many were in tears; many were seen hugging each other and rediscovering their parent-child bonding.

Dietitian Ti Xiau Xuan used a simple presentation to share with parents and teachers tips on healthy and balanced diet. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]

In conjunction with Happy Schooling Scheme, Tzu Chi volunteers organized a health talk at SJK(T) Ladang Kemuning Kru, Gadek, to share knowledge on healthy and balanced diet with parents.

Form 4 student Huang Kai Lun, after using his mouth to hold the pencil and write, was totally awed by Xie Kun Shan’s spirit. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]

With elements of charity and education, the Happy Development Camp brought a new chapter to the Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme. After the 5-hour camp, the volunteers and the students managed to break all barriers and establish mutual trust and understanding.

Jing-Si products, like comic books, food and utensils were distributed to Tzu Chi Muar's scholarship recipients.【Photograph by Soh Lip Seng】

On November 10 and 17, Tzu Chi Muar held 6 Scholarship Presentation Ceremonies at 5 locations to hand out scholarships to a total of 679 primary and secondary students.

Lee Bing Kun receiving the “Filial Piety Award” on behalf of his late son, Ming Hoe, at the Tzu Chi Scholarship Presentation Ceremony.【Photograph by Tan LianHee】

"He was the one who did the house chores; and whenever I worked late, he would call me. He was a very caring son, never made us worry. Unfortunately, he has left us..." recalled 62-year old Lee Bing Kun, who sobbed quietly, not knowing how to express the pain of his son's demise. At the Tzu Chi Scholarship Presentation Ceremony, Tzu Chi presented the "Filial Piety Award" to the late Lee Ming Hoe for his filial goodness.

Students giving their parents a warm hug.【Photograph by Sam Pin Fook】

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor organized Deepavali distributions for poor students from 19 Tamil Primary Schools on October 5, 6 & 19, 2013. Each of the 1,124 low-income Indian families received a Deepavali gift pack and well wishes from Tzu Chi volunteers.