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On November 1, 2015, Tzu Chi Melaka held the annual Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme presentation ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Since the roll out of the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme four years ago, volunteers and teachers have strived to unleash students’ potential; to motivate them to work harder to improve their studies and conduct.

Tzu Chi volunteers giving out gift packs to pupils of SJK(T) Jasin. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

There were families that turned out in full force, waiting expectantly to receive their Deepavali gift packs; and there were some children, who did not know what to expect at their first participation. However, when the gift packs that were full of goodies were finally in their hands, happiness was all written on their faces. For these underprivileged families, to enjoy a happy festival was no more wishful thinking.

Although the long boat was packed with 30 people, the children did not complain but contented with what they had. [Photograph by Hsieh Hsiu Hua]

It is not a ship, but a long motor-propelled boat without any form of shade. Rain or shine, everyone on board has to bear with the cold or heat. But to the school children of Paitan, this has never been a problem, as the long boat is the only mode of transport to get them to school, and more so, towards a better tomorrow.

Tzu Chi volunteers, members of TIMA Nepal and local medical professionals jointly held a free clinic and relief distribution at Chechupati Camp. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]

Three months after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Tzu Chi relief is now embarking on mid and long-term effort. At noon on July 24, 2015, Yaw Ah Moi and Lee Ley Hua, who are volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, arrived in Nepal on a one-month “home-visit”.

Volunteers handed out sponsorship to the beneficiaries with respect. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]

“Very touching, I felt respected. The moment my child went on stage and vowed, I felt really proud,” said a tearful father, Anwar bin Latip.

Volunteers led the children and teachers in forming the shape of a heart with their arms, hoping to send their love to Nepal. [Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong]

Tzu Chi volunteers from Kota Tinggi held their first fundraising at SJK(T) Tajul, a school that has implemented Tzu Chi’s “Happy Schooling Scheme”. Teachers and students showed their compassion by enthusiastically donating to Nepal’s quake victims.

Seventy-five students from 28 schools in Klang got together happily, waving the “Tzu Chi Interaction Book” in their hands. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

On May 17, 2015, beneficiaries of Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme attended a half-day humanities lesson. It is hoped that the programme will inculcate and guide the students to become role models for moral and academic achievements. Since its introduction two years ago at Tzu Chi Klang, the psychological improvement of the beneficiaries is remarkable. As a result, it has received positive response from the schools and the teachers.

Tzu Chi volunteers distributed new school shoes and uniforms to 29 students from Primary 1 to 6 in SJK(T) Alor Gajah. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

Tzu Chi volunteers went to Tamil primary school, SJK(T) Alor Gajah in Melaka and distributed new school shoes and uniforms to 29 students from Primary 1 to 6. A mother who works as a cleaning lady in the school, was relieved to see the new shoes her daughter received; and a student who just lost his shoes, was glad to receive a new pair.

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor organized the first prostrating pilgrimage at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall to commemorate Tzu Chi’s 49th Anniversary and Master’s birthday. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

Prostrating pilgrimage is a show of faith in its highest form with a pious heart. In conjunction with the 49th Anniversary of Tzu Chi Foundation, some 850 volunteers and public members humbled themselves through bowing and kneeling to pray for a world free from sufferings.

Volunteers guided Peng Ming Hua in offering his sincere prayer. [Photograph by Cheong Siew Wai]

May is the month to celebrate Buddha’s Day. To enable care recipients staying on the outskirts to have the grace of Buddha blessing, and be lifted from their pain, Tzu Chi volunteers brought the crystal Buddha image to their homes. Three simple, yet solemn Buddha Bathing Ceremonies were held, and the care recipients even donated for the quake victims in Nepal.

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