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Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:44

Great Love to Nepal Earthquake Victims

Written by  Koh Poo Leng, Shah Alam / Translated by Chong Pei Fen

Tzu Chi volunteers respectfully solicited donations from the Nepalese workers. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

A ripple of love and compassion was spreading out in Marelli Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd as the workers made donations to the Nepal earthquake victims. For every Ringgit the employee contributes, the company will contribute another Ringgit to double the kindness.


 
Two weeks after a strong earthquake devastated Nepal, Tzu Chi chapters worldwide are still soliciting donations for the victims. Since May, volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor started raising funds in shopping malls and schools.
 
On May 7, 2015, volunteers went to Marelli Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, a multinational Italian company located in Seksyen 28, Shah Alam. As 30 percent of its employees (85 persons) are Nepalese, volunteers held a sharing and fundraising activity in the factory for the first time, hoping to bring comfort to the workers from Nepal.
 
“So long as we are allowed entry, we will surely be there to propagate the spirit of Great Love and share with them Tzu Chi’s International Disaster Relief Mission. This is the duty of every Tzu Chi volunteer,” said volunteer Lim Soo Tuat, who added that the factory had allowed volunteers to give a sharing so that the Nepalese workers know that there are many people who care for them.
 
Sharing sorrow with the earthquake victims
 
At the reception area, some attendees sat on the floor, some stood up as they listened to volunteer Tan Soon Hock’s sharing. Besides showing footages of Tzu Chi’s disaster relief work, Soon Hock also shared with them Tzu Chi’s relief operations in Nepal. Through his earnest sharing, the attendees, especially the Nepalese workers, felt the Great Love from Tzu Chi. They were also amazed with the production of eco-blanket and Jing Si instant rice, a heedful manifestation by Tzu Chi volunteers for disaster relief.
 
Ng Leh Peng, who is in the company's management team and a Tzu Chi volunteer, was the key person behind this activity. She said, “Hopefully through this activity, our Nepalese workers will know that all donations solicited are meant to help the earthquake victims in their homeland.”
 
She also shared that the company requested help from the foreign worker agency to check on the conditions of the workers’ families back in Nepal as soon as they learnt about the massive earthquake. The top management also communicated with the Nepalese workers, provided humanitarian aid and tried to ease their worries.
 
Asmawati, a Malay employee from the Finance Department, learnt about Tzu Chi through Leh Peng. Prior to this, she only read about Tzu Chi’s disaster relief operations from “The World of Tzu Chi” monthly journal. Through the brief sharing, she has learnt more about the Foundation.
 
With a smile on her face, she said “This is the first time such activity is held in the company. I hope that through this initiative, we can send more love and blessings to the Nepal earthquake victims.”
 
With a donation box in hand, volunteers approached the attendees for their kindness. Wearing a smile and/or a simple exchange of greeting, the attendees filled the donation boxes with their sincere contributions, which go far beyond the value of money.
 
Soothing pain with love and care
 
As the song, “Love and Care for All” was aired, Shankar Bishwokarma, who has worked in Malaysia for a year, could not help but shed tears. Although his family members back home are all safe and sound, he felt for his countrymen.
 
He said chokingly, “Nepal is my motherland and all affected by the earthquake are my countrymen, how could I not feel their pain? I am happy to learn that Tzu Chi volunteers are helping my folks back home. I hope that Tzu Chi can continue helping people forever, and more people can receive help.”
 
Ramkrishna Poudyal, who came to Malaysia about ten months ago, was emotional. His house was destroyed in the earthquake, and his son was injured and admitted to the hospital. He was anxious but there was nothing much he could do except making a phone call to find out the situation back home. The volunteers’ visit had nevertheless, brought some comfort to him.
 
“My son has been discharged from hospital, he is fine now,” said Ramkrishna, expressing as clearly as he can in the Bahasa Malaysia language. 
 
Fortuna Roberto, an Italian from top management said, “I am touched to see Tzu Chi volunteers organize this activity. I feel for the families of our Nepalese workers. We cannot be there to help them, but at least through this small action today, we can calm their mind. I guess they are touched too. Although we can’t do much, we are honoured to be able to lend a helping hand to the victims.”
 
 
The short two-hour sharing had ended, but the Great Love of Tzu Chi volunteers will always remain. As inscribed on the banner “Pray for Nepal” - hung outside the factory, our prayers will always be with them. Every single cent that was dropped into the donation box is also a blessing and supporting force for the earthquake victims in Nepal.
 
 
Employees of Marelli Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd gathered at the reception area and listened to sharing by volunteer Tan Soon Hock. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]   Volunteer Tan Soon Hock shared with the audience Tzu Chi’s international disaster relief efforts. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Employees of Marelli Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd gathered at the reception area and listened to sharing by volunteer Tan Soon Hock. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
Volunteer Tan Soon Hock shared with the audience Tzu Chi’s international disaster relief efforts. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
Volunteer Tan Soon Hock introduced to the audience the Jing Si instant rice produced for disaster relief. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]   As the song, “Love and Care for All” filled the air, Shankar Bishwokarma (centre), could not help but shed tears, thinking of his countrymen back home. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Volunteer Tan Soon Hock introduced to the audience the Jing Si instant rice produced for disaster relief. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
 
As the song, “Love and Care for All” filled the air, Shankar Bishwokarma (centre), could not help but shed tears, thinking of his countrymen back home. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
Looking at the eco-blankets, the attendees felt the heedfulness of Tzu Chi in disaster relief. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]   Ng Leh Peng, who is in the company's management team and a Tzu Chi volunteer, conveyed the purpose of the activity to the Nepalese workers and hoped that it could ease their worries. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Looking at the eco-blankets, the attendees felt the heedfulness of Tzu Chi in disaster relief. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
 
Ng Leh Peng, who is in the company's management team and a Tzu Chi volunteer, conveyed the purpose of the activity to the Nepalese workers and hoped that it could ease their worries. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
Fortuna Roberto, an Italian from top management, felt honoured to be able to extend a helping hand to the Nepal earthquake victims. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]   Asmawati hopes that through this activity, more love and blessings could be pooled together and sent to the earthquake victims in Nepal. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Fortuna Roberto, an Italian from top management, felt honoured to be able to extend a helping hand to the Nepal earthquake victims. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
 
Asmawati hopes that through this activity, more love and blessings could be pooled together and sent to the earthquake victims in Nepal. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]