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Thursday, 08 November 2018 00:00

A Day to Bring Smiles to Refugees

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A group photo of 21 graduates with Dr Foo Seay Liang (white top), UNHCR Tzu-Chi Project Coordinator; and retired principals, Tan Woon Kee and Lim Choy Kim from Tzu Chi Teachers’ Association. [Photograph by Yong Kar Chew]

To most people, November 10, 2018 was probably just another Saturday, but to a group of refugee parents and children, it was a big day that they had been patiently waiting for. Donned in their best attire and with excitement in their eyes, they prepared for the event of their lifetime – the Graduation & Prize Giving Ceremony for their children.

The Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Sio Kee Hong (left), and the person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Klang, Ang Kim Seng (right), hit the gongs to mark the official start of the charity fair. [Photograph by Chia Heen Kheow]

The ground breaking ceremony of the Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur (TCISKL) on September 16, 2017, marked a significant milestone for Tzu Chi’s Mission of Education in Malaysia. Since then, various fundraising events had been organized for the construction of the school, with its first intake scheduled for January 2020.   

Heartbroken and filled with self-blame over the death of its herd of deer, the Deer King went to see the human king to seek a solution. [Photograph by Wong Poh Fatt]

For three days from August 11, 2018, a total of 57 people from Rondo Ballet Theatre, Tzu Chi Senior High School affiliated with Tzu Chi University and accompanying teachers, presented four sessions of a ballet performance based on Buddhist stories at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, Tsun Jin High School, and Malacca Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. These four performances in three venues attracted a total audience of 4,350.

Students and teachers of Tzu Chi Senior High School Affiliated with Tzu Chi University (TCHS) came to Malaysia to have a cultural exchange with Tsun Jin High School. Picture shows students of TCHS in a sign language performance. [Photograph by Lee Kwee Yap]

Led by Principal Lee Lin-Hui, a group of 50 students and teachers from Tzu Chi Senior High School Affiliated with Tzu Chi University (TCSH), Taiwan, visited Malaysia from July 12 to 16, 2018, for a cultural exchange with students of Tsun Jin High School (TJHS), Kuala Lumpur.

Due to the limited space at refugee schools, students rarely have the chance for sports activities. Therefore, the students cherished and treasured the annual sports day. [Photograph by Look Foot Seong]

With limited space at refugee schools, students rarely have the chance for sports functions. Thus, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and UNHCR jointly organized the annual sports day for the refugee children. This year, students from the Madrasah Religious School were specially invited to participate in this event.

A group photo of the first batch of the Da Ai Kindergarten graduates and their teacher. Everyone looked forward to more of such reunion in the future. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

The lapse of ten years has seen the earliest batches of Da Ai Kindergarten graduates growing into teenagers. On this day, they returned to the Kindergarten together with their parents for a warm reunion with their former teachers and classmates.

Tzu Chi’s educational ideal is to deliver a comprehensive and holistic education system, from preschool through to pre-university level. [Photograph by Chua Teck Ching]

On June 10, 2018, Tzu Chi Entrepreneurs’ Group held a fundraising luncheon at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel to raise funds for the building of Tzu Chi International School KL, and it received a positive response from the public.

Despite being born without palms, 6-year-old Hong Jun Sen, who is keen to learn, has been a “wonderful boy” to his teacher, Yau Huey Lu. [Photograph by Yong Mun Fei]

Born without palms, Hong Jun Sen has only one finger on his left and right wrists. But the boy loves to play, laugh, and learn. Always beaming with smiles, the 6-year-old is precious to his parents and is a “wonderful boy” to his teachers. Thanks to the love he received in his journey of growth, he is now a happy little angel waiting to soar to great heights.

Some children are seen here experiencing work at the food preparation group under their parents’ care. [Photograph by Wong Siew Chin]

This year, the Parent-child Bonding Class (PCBC) began implementing life education in its curriculum. With this, the children, aged between 7 and 12, get to experience contributing from behind-the-scenes and learn some living skills under their parents’ and volunteers’ guidance. As Master Cheng Yen hopes, this will be an education that forms the foundation for the younger generations, to grow up as pillars of society equipped with knowledge and virtue.

Elaine Kang, a famous local singer, sang in support of the construction of TCISKL. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

Datuk Elaine Kang, a famous Malaysian singer, sang in four concerts held at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, on February 24 and 25, 2018. The aim was to raise funds for the construction of the Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur.

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