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Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Evoking Kindness through Home Care Visit

Written by  BY LOK AI LEAN, LI XING LUN & THEN HON KEONG, SEREMBAN / TRANSLATED BY GOH HWE YONG

Parents and children from Tzu Chi Seremban’s Parent-child Bonding Class joined a home visit to learn from the predicaments faced by the care-recipients. [Photograph by Li Yi Hui]

Parents and children from Tzu Chi Seremban’s Parent-child Bonding Class joined a home visit, and realized the importance of appreciating what they have in life and lending a hand to those who are less fortunate.


 

On August 10, 2014, Tzu Chi Seremban’s Parent-child Bonding Class conducted home visits to eight Tzu Chi care-recipients. This was in line with the topic of the sixth lesson, which is, “Empathy”. Parents and children were divided into eight groups and each group visited one family, in the company of Tzu Chi volunteers.
 
 
Actual experience is different from what they envisaged
 
 
K Kuppusamy A/L S Kannan from Senawang, Seremban, who works in an Indian temple, is one of Tzu Chi’s care-recipients. His father, who cannot straighten his legs and can only be in a sitting position after an accident, is cared for by Kuppusamy’s younger sister while the latter is at work.
 
 
Ng Siao Yoong, a mother on this home visit, had anticipated this family’s living environment to be dirty. But, when she stepped into the house, she was surprised to find that it was clean and neat. The family also does not rely much on others, as most people would assume otherwise. Instead, they are repaying the kindness of others.
 
 
Tinesh A/L K Kuppusamy, 13, is an obedient child, who is also an applicant of Tzu Chi Study Grant. Despite his poor family background, he still insisted on submitting his donation to Tzu Chi on time each month. The volunteers have praised him for his pureness.
 
 
Standard 1 student, Lam Jie Xuan said Tinesh will be her role model when it comes to studying. After witnessing the situation of Kuppusamy’s father, she was glad to have a healthy body and promised that she would cherish her good health.
 
 
Be a grandfather for a day
 
 
After a 10-minute journey, another group arrived at Xiao Yun Ling’s rented house, located on the first floor of a shop-house. The front section has two bedrooms and a small living room. His wife uses one room to do her sewing, and the other room is a bedroom with no wardrobe. Some clothes were either hung on a string or kept in a paper box. There was also no proper furniture in the living room, only an old television.
 
 
Yun Ling is a dialysis patient, who is unable to watch any television programmes because of his 50% vision. The owner of the shoplot keeps the back section of the house that has two bedrooms for his own use, and he left a small corner that has been turned into a kitchen for Yun Ling. Both Yun Ling and wife lead a simple and frugal life, relying on the little income earned from sewing.
 
 
Yun Ling was happy to see so many visitors. Tzu Chi volunteer, Chen Yu Mei said, “Uncle Xiao, our little angels from Parent-child Bonding Class are here to visit you. Today, you will be their grandfather for one day.”
 
 
Yun Ling informed that his kidney problem was a result of his bad eating habit in the past. He was happy that Tzu Chi has offered assistance to support his dialysis costs. To reciprocate Tzu Chi’s kindness, he and his wife have become donating members.
 
 
The children also massaged Yun Ling; and despite their limited energy, Yun Ling was very grateful for their thoughtfulness nevertheless. All of them then sang a song, adapted from a Malay folk song, “Rasa Sayang”, to wish Yun Ling and his wife peace and auspiciousness.
 
 
Surprised with the truth
 
 
Eleven-year-old Hoo Kin Fai joined the home visit in the company of his mother. He was surprised that there was no proper furniture in Yun Ling’s house and had to sit on the floor. It dawned on him then that this is the predicament faced by the less fortunate. After listening to Yun Ling’s sharing, he deeply felt the pain of illnesses. He said, “Now, I know why there are lumps on the arms of a dialysis patient. It’s frightening! And there’s a micro-fistula fixed to the arm to keep the blood flowing. The dialysis process takes four hours and one can only sit and wait there. How torturing!”
 
 
Chang Kelley, a father, was surprised with what he saw on the home visit, for everything was real and without any pre-arrangements. He was glad and fortunate to have a healthy body and need not have to endure the difficulties faced by the needy families under Tzu Chi’s care. He also commended Tzu Chi’s untiring efforts in helping the needy.
 
 
To quote a Jing Si Aphorism: “Giving is not the privilege of the rich; it is the privilege of the sincere.” Kelley felt that a kind thought is only meaningful when it is put into action.

 

Even though Kuppusamy received assistance from Tzu Chi, he still did his part to contribute to society. Ng Siao Yoong (in volunteer vest) had learnt a lot from the home visit. [Photograph by Lai Mun Sung]   All of them learnt a lot from Tinesh (back row, fourth from right) after visiting Kuppusamy’s family. [Photograph by Lai Mun Sung]

Even though Kuppusamy received assistance from Tzu Chi, he still did his part to contribute to society. Ng Siao Yoong (in volunteer vest) had learnt a lot from the home visit. [Photograph by Lai Mun Sung]
 
All of them learnt a lot from Tinesh (back row, fourth from right) after visiting Kuppusamy’s family. [Photograph by Lai Mun Sung]
 
Children provided massage to a care-recipient. [Photograph by Li Yi Hui]   Lam Jie Xuan shared her experience after the home visit. [Photograph by Li Yi Hui]

Children provided massage to a care-recipient. [Photograph by Li Yi Hui]
 
 
Lam Jie Xuan shared her experience after the home visit. [Photograph by Li Yi Hui]
 
Chang Kelley expressed his blessings to all families under Tzu Chi’s care. [Photograph by Li Yi Hui]

Chang Kelley expressed his blessings to all families under Tzu Chi’s care. [Photograph by Li Yi Hui]
 
 

 

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