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Thursday, 28 May 2015 14:47

Tamil School Sent Love to Nepal

Written by  Cheong Siew Wai & Tsze Hut Sea, Kota Tinggi / Translated by Eg Zhong-Qi

Volunteers led the children and teachers in forming the shape of a heart with their arms, hoping to send their love to Nepal. [Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong]

Tzu Chi volunteers from Kota Tinggi held their first fundraising at SJK(T) Tajul, a school that has implemented Tzu Chi’s “Happy Schooling Scheme”. Teachers and students showed their compassion by enthusiastically donating to Nepal’s quake victims.


It has been a month since the first quake rocked Nepal, and to-date, the victims are still in a dire situation. Tzu Chi’s aid is still pouring in, in the form of free medication, aid distribution, temporary living quarters, team activities, and even emotional support. Those who are not there in person are there in spirit, raising funds relentlessly, praying that their love reaches those in Nepal.

On the afternoon of May 28, 2015, nine volunteers from Kota Tinggi were at SJK(T) Tajul to solicit donations for Nepal’s quake victims from 257  students and faculty members.

Praying sincerely for the victims

SJK(T) Tajul in Kota Tinggi was one of the schools selected by Tzu Chi to introduce the “Happy Schooling Scheme” in 2012. Every year since then volunteers have been dispatched to assist the students from families who struggle financially by subsidizing their transport and meals. Besides alleviating the financial burden of the parents, seeing the children attending school on a full stomach and able to concentrate in class, has made it all worthwhile.

Yang Yu Ling, volunteer in charge of the scheme hoped that the students would extend their kindness knowing how much the victims had suffered. With approval from the relevant authorities, Yu Ling called on the volunteers to participate in this event.

The video sharing and translation by the teachers had helped the students to further understand the disaster. The students and teachers present had willingly donated to the victims, with the hope of deriving happiness from helping others.

Volunteers then used the song “Love and Care for All” to lead everyone in prayers. All the children immediately recognized the solemn atmosphere and put their hands together, praying sincerely that their love would reach the needy. Besides donating RM10, a Primary 6 student, named Paalan, also prayed reverently for the victims’ safety in getting through the tough times.

Inspired the kindness within

“When we heard about this horrible tragedy, we were hoping to be able to lend a hand in any way we could, but we did not know how,” said student, Aswini. When told of this event, her father gave Aswini and her sister, Vishalini, RM50 each to donate to the cause. Upon watching the video, her sister hoped that the victims would rebuild their homes soon.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm shown by the students today. I feel that their moral values are very strong and they will definitely become wonderful students and citizens in the future,” said Sumathi Vengadesan, a teacher at Tajul. She also thanked Tzu Chi for visiting the school, telling the students how the victims in Nepal have been living in a dire situation and that everyone’s help is needed desperately.

She added, “This was an important lesson in moral education for the children, as it allowed them to find the love within.” She felt that tragedies like this could happen to anyone, and when it does, we should all lend a helping hand.

Yu Ling could not hold back her tears when she witnessed the children’s kindness during the event. Kindness has indeed transcended age, race and religion.

 

After communicating with the Principal of SJK(T) Tajul, volunteer Yang Yu Ling (right) went to the school to inspire kindness among the students. [Photograph by Tsze Hut Sea]   With translation from the teachers, volunteers shared information regarding the earthquake with the students to help them to better understand the situation in Nepal. [Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong]

After communicating with the Principal of SJK(T) Tajul, volunteer Yang Yu Ling (right) went to the school to inspire kindness among the students. [Photograph by Tsze Hut Sea]
 
With translation from the teachers, volunteers shared information regarding the earthquake with the students to help them to better understand the situation in Nepal. [Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong]
 
A volunteer bowed in respect and gratitude as a young girl put some money into the box. [Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong]   After seeing the homeless victims in a video screening, Vishalini hoped that they will be able to rebuild their homes soon. [Photograph by Tsze Hut Sea]

A volunteer bowed in respect and gratitude as a young girl put some money into the box. [Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong]
 
After seeing the homeless victims in a video screening, Vishalini hoped that they will be able to rebuild their homes soon. [Photograph by Tsze Hut Sea]