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Saturday, 01 December 2012 00:00

Teaching Refugees To Do Charity

Written by  By Lee You Ning, Selayang, Selangor/ Translated by Ng Say Fen

The children in Selayang Religion School happily showing the bamboo bank they made. The bamboo bank will be sent to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the US.【Photograph by Ong Siew Geok】

Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur and Selangor's Collegiate Youth members taught the children in Selayang Religion School to make a bamboo bank and encouraged them to save money. At the same time, they took the opportunity to invite them to help the victims of US Hurricane Sandy.


On the morning of December 1, 2012, Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth members rehearsed for a drama entitled, "The Story of Bamboo Bank". They were to perform this drama during their visit to Selayang Religion School. They also prepared some materials for making bamboo banks, which was part of the educational programme for the children.

The Youth members specially designed a programme for the children. Themed "I will do good work and not bad work", it included a drama and bamboo bank-making. The excited children gave the Collegiate Youth members a warm welcome. They also invited their friends to join this programme. Despite being born and bred in Malaysia, these children do not have the chance to receive proper education due to their parents' refugee status.

Team Leader, Zheng An Ni advised the Collegiate Youth members to take good care of the children throughout the programme.

A touching drama

The children listened attentively during the story-telling session about the bamboo bank.

"If your friends do not have a pencil, are you willing to lend it to them?"
"If your friends are hungry, are you willing to share your food with them?"

All of the children responded with an unanimous "Yes".

The Youth members reminded the children about the need to provide assistance to others who are facing difficulties, citing Hurricane Sandy in the US as an example. After watching the news videos of the disaster, the children felt empathy for what had happened in the US.

The drama of the bamboo bank told about a group of housewives, who bought less vegetables so that they could save some money for the hungry people.

Making of a bamboo bank

The children drew on a small card these messages - "Semoga Selamat, USA! (Bless USA)" and "Help USA" - to express their empathy to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. They then placed them in the bamboo bank, which was made from plastic bottles and fabric remnants. This was followed by Collegiate Youth members leading the children to pray for the victims to return home safely. The Youth members then promised to return to collect the bamboo banks made by the children on the first Saturday of the following month for onward delivery to the US.

Things do not come easily

Ma Rui, who hails from Xinjiang Province, China, is studying in Malaysia. She said, "When you help others, the happy feeling is different as it comes from deep inside the heart."

Through this programme, Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth members not only learnt to appreciate the things they own, but also realized that they should not complain about their home work and examinations.

"We may dislike examinations, but spare some thoughts for these children who do not have the opportunity to go to school and study. Then you will appreciate what you have now."

Through this 3-hour programme, Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth members managed to disseminate the message of helping others to the children.

 

Wu Yong Xiang, a Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth from MMU, explaining the story of bamboo bank to the children.【Photograph by Ong Siew Geok】 The children writing a sincere message to the Hurricane Sandy victims in the US.【Photograph by Ong Siew Geok】

Wu Yong Xiang, a Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth from MMU, explaining the story of bamboo bank to the children.【Photograph by Ong Siew Geok】

The children writing a sincere message to the Hurricane Sandy victims in the US.【Photograph by Ong Siew Geok】
This is the first time that Wei Jia Yi (left) has joined a Tzu Chi activity. She hopes to participate in more of such activity in the future.【Photograph by Ong Siew Geok】

This is the first time that Wei Jia Yi (left) has joined a Tzu Chi activity. She hopes to participate in more of such activity in the future.【Photograph by Ong Siew Geok】

 

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