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Four-year-old Girl’s Work in Tzu Chi International School

Written by  Tan Kim Hion, KL & Selangor / Translated by Goh Hwe Yong

Kam Boon Hong showed his daughter, Kam Xin Yan, how to arrange the cookies. She listened and observed carefully. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]

When Tzu Chi volunteers in KL & Selangor area were busy preparing for a fundraising charity event at three different locations on August 27, 2017, little Kam Xin Yan, a four-year-old, was  keeping herself busy. She helped making cookies for the sale, and donated all her savings from Chinese New Year blessings to the worthy cause of establishing the Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur (TCISKL).


Kam Xin Yan is a pupil of the Da Ai Kindergarten in Pandan Indah. She looked forward to studying in TCISKL after her kindergarten. That was the main motivation for her great zeal in doing all she could towards the building fund. When she came to the kindergarten with her parents on August 20 to help making cookies for the fundraising charity sale, she was tremendously excited.

Donation of a ‘Lotus Flower’

Wearing an apron, a scarf and a mask, Xin Yan instantly transformed into a cute little chef in style. With her father, Kam Boon Hong by her side, she and a group of friends worked attentively at making cookies, using teaspoons to press dough into shapes before sending them for baking.

Michelle Jee, her mother, was in charge of baking. As she waited by the oven to ensure baking was done right, she observed Xin Yan at work and felt proud that such a tiny tot was  determined to do her part to build the school.

“The other day, her class teacher showed the class a projected picture of the Tzu Chi International School that is to be built. Xin Yan was so excited about the school, and told me the school in the picture looked beautiful and perfect.”

Xin Yan related to her mother that there will be nice green fields, gardens and squares within the school ground, and the classrooms looked beautiful, too. She expressed that she liked it all, and would want to study in the school. Michelle took the opportunity to teach her child to do good by prompting her with the idea that funding would be necessary in order to build the school, and suggested that she could donate to the building fund.

The little one had no idea what a donation is about, but when she was explained that the money she collected as New Year blessings could be used to help building the school of her dream, she instantaneously agreed. The New Year gift she had received over the years had amounted to RM1,000; it is enough to donate for a “Lotus Flower”. Xin Yan’s mother helped to arrange the donation in Xin Yan’s name.

When Xin Yan was told that she could forgo the habit of drinking milk and save the money from it to donate towards the fund, she requested that her mother not to purchase milk powder for her anymore. That is not it, on her own initiative, she requested  that there will be no buying of new toys and titbits for her anymore. She wanted to save every cent to donate to  the school.

Happy schooling in Tzu Chi’s school

Xin Yan was too young to understand the significance of her care for the International School. But she did know that Tzu Chi has been doing kind deeds; and that life in a Tzu Chi’s school would be full of fun activities and happiness, just like what she has had in the Da Ai Kindergarten.

The day when Xin Yan heard from her class teacher that the class was going to make cookies for charity sale as part of the fundraising campaign, she was truly excited. Her mother responded favourably with a trial session of cookie baking at home. Xin Yan was happily helping out in the trial.

As a parent, Michelle felt a deep sense of satisfaction not only from the aroma of the cookies in the oven, but also from the thought that her family was able to get involved in the effort of raising funds for the school, which Xin Yan was also keen to get involved in.

“Xin Yan is a well-behaved child since she was a baby. Attending the Da Ai Kindergarten makes her even more so. She would help her granny in daily house chores; and she always responses with ‘Thank you’ to any little things done for or given to her,” shared Michelle.

It is not a surprise that she won the hearts of all in the family. She hardly asked for things to buy or places to go, because she appreciates the fact that it was not easy for her parents to work for a living. Such great consideration coming from one at such a tender age deeply touched the hearts of her beloved ones. In the eyes of her parents, she was caring, grateful and compassionate.

Xin Yan used to love fish in her dinner plate. Yet, after her class teacher told the class that eating meat would cause separation of the young of animals from their parents, and that pain would be felt by fish if killed and eaten, she took it to heart and told her granny not to cook meat, and when there was fish on the dining table, she would request others to leave the fish alone as it may felt painful.

She seemed to really feel the pain of a fish being killed and eaten. Since the sense of empathy was evoked, she never touches any fish as a dish, not even for a small bite. The compassion in her was revealed. For this, Michelle was convinced that the special emphasis of Tzu Chi on wholesome humanity and morality in its school curriculum is moulding students into kind and caring human beings.

She remarked, “We as parents wish that the International School to be completed as soon as possible from the bottom of our hearts.”

The urge to have the school come true became a motivation for parents to put in their time and take part in the work for charity sale. They had a common vision of a loving and caring schooling atmosphere for a wholesome character building in the children. A world with good people is a beautiful and peaceful world.

For over five hours, 16 four-year-olds and their parents worked hard to produce 2,000 cookies. The teachers packed the cookies into bags and tagged a card on each bag with a quotation from Jing Si Aphorisms. The children were especially excited in seeing the fruits of their efforts. They shouted happily, “Nice cookies, come and buy!”

The activity, which brought smiles on everyone’s face, ended with a group photo for remembrance.

 

 

Cookies making in progress. All done by the young children with the help of their parents. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]   Four-year-old Kam Xin Yan in the arms of her father, Kam Boon Hong, with her mother, Michelle Jee, by her side. Her wish to study in TCISKL is fully supported by her parents. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]

Cookies making in progress. All done by the young children with the help of their parents. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]
 
Four-year-old Kam Xin Yan in the arms of her father, Kam Boon Hong, with her mother, Michelle Jee, by her side. Her wish to study in TCISKL is fully supported by her parents. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]
 
Young and old alike, there is no discrimination when it comes to charity. Four-year-old Kam Xin Yan made a cash donation and contributed by making cookies for charity sale. What a great little one! [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]   The products of efforts of the four-year-olds, helped by their parents and teachers. These are bags of hope for the future. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]

Young and old alike, there is no discrimination when it comes to charity. Four-year-old Kam Xin Yan made a cash donation and contributed by making cookies for charity sale. What a great little one! [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]
 
 
The products of efforts of the four-year-olds, helped by their parents and teachers. These are bags of hope for the future. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]
 
“Home-made cookies are tasty, come and buy,” shouted the kids. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]  

“Home-made cookies are tasty, come and buy,” shouted the kids. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]