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Kuan Siew Yeng felt blessed to be able to accompany her father in sutra transcription during the Buddha’s Day event. She hopes that it will be a memorable day for her parents. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

This year, members of the Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association (Tzu Ching) were entrusted with the roles of planning the foot-bathing activity. For the first time, it was conducted at the more spacious Gratitude Hall, thus was able to accommodate 210 pairs of parent and child at one go. The true love and affection between the parents and children were clearly displayed in the warm embraces and tears of gratefulness. The two-day foot-bathing activity witnessed 11 sessions and attracted the participation of over 1,700 pairs of parent and child.

3,250 participants formed this year’s totem design of sun, moon, tiny particles, mountains, rivers and “Jing Si Dharma Lineage” in Chinese characters, representing 2017’s theme and preserving the Dharma Lineage. It also serves as a reminder to volunteers to create blessings and nurture wisdom. [Photograph by Lim Heng Lai]

Master Cheng Yen’s message to Tzu Chi volunteers for 2017 is: “Create blessings: every grain of rice delivers eternal love; nurture wisdom: each tiny particle holds life’s truth.” In conjunction with this year’s theme, a grand magnificent totem was designed to represent the sun, moon, tiny particles, mountains, rivers and Jing Si Dharma Lineage, depicting the 51 years of Tzu Chi Foundation from its humble beginnings. It is also a reminder for everyone to always remember the perseverance and compassion of Tzu Chi.

A total of 183 primary and secondary students from low-income families received study grants from Tzu Chi Miri, Sarawak. [Photograph by Koo Han Wu]

On December 4, 2016, Tzu Chi Miri Chapter held the Happy Schooling Scheme’s Study Grant Presentation Ceremony at its Liaison Office. The event benefitted 44 students from Chinese primary schools, 82 from national primary schools and 40 from national secondary schools. Among the 183 recipients, 8 primary and 9 secondary students are children of Tzu Chi’s care recipients.


Tzu Chi Study Grant is like a timely rain during drought, calming the students’ mind on their studies, as well as easing the parents’ financial burdens. [Photograph by Edmond Khaw Jeun Shian]

“I have not changed my school uniform since Form 1 because (my family has) no extra money for it. I am going to utilize the study grant from Tzu Chi for my school uniform, stationery, and other school supplies,” Jackline Rangkong expressed delightfully at the Tzu Chi Study Grant Presentation Ceremony held at Bintulu, Sarawak.

Photo shows the Village Chief (left) presenting the cash relief sincerely to the victims with other volunteers. [Photograph by Tang Chee Onn]

The collapse of the river embankment at Kapar Batu 5 due to huge tidal waves had caused flooding to residences in Kampung Sementak. Upon learning the news on October 18, 2016, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately visited the fire-fighters stationed at the disaster site, the temporary shelter and the victims’ home. An aid distribution was held on the morning of October 22 to soothe the aching hearts of 44 affected families.

The Syrian civil war erupted in 2011 has claimed 200,000 lives and displaced an estimated 4 million people, most of whom are now refugees. As Turkey shares the border with Syria, and due to its geographical locality, it has become the stepping stone for the refugees to enter Europe. Ever since the start of the civil war, Turkey has housed the most Syrians refugees, up to 2.73 million.

Tzu Chi self-assessment booklet has served as a reminder to Denise Chong Shao En to be good all the time. [Photograph by Lee Heng Lun]

Primary 6 student, Denise Chong Shao En, performs well in her studies and is active in extra-curricular activities in school as well. Due to her diligence and behaviour, she has been a recipient of Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme for four consecutive years, which helped ease the burden for her family.

Volunteers presented goody bags to the recipients of Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

“Very thankful for Tzu Chi’s assistance! We have been studying hard in order to be awarded and we made it!” The award recipients expressed their gratitude towards the kindness of the public during the presentation ceremony of Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme in Tampin.

Anas (left) received the award on stage with his two younger brothers. [Photograph by Hong Geok Hui]

“I will work harder and come back again for the award,” exclaimed a delighted Awais. The recognition not only motivated him to improve his studies further but also to help out in house chores. The mother has encouraged her children to partake in recycling, hoping that they will learn to protect the Earth and cherish the award which is hard to come by.

Tzu Chi volunteers presenting goody bags to families whose children are beneficiaries of Happy Schooling Scheme and Tzu Chi Study Grant. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

In conjunction with the Deepavali festival, volunteers of Tzu Chi Melaka started distributing goody bags to students in a few Tamil primary schools. One of the parents, Santhy a/p Doraisamy expressed joyfully: “I am so delighted to receive the goody bag! There are various ingredients for baking and cooking.”