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Optimistic Outlook at the Challenges in Life

Written by  Yaw Ah Moi, Nepal / Translated by Chew Chiau Ping

Tzu Chi volunteers, members of TIMA Nepal and local medical professionals jointly held a free clinic and relief distribution at Chechupati Camp. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]

Three months after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Tzu Chi relief is now embarking on mid and long-term effort. At noon on July 24, 2015, Yaw Ah Moi and Lee Ley Hua, who are volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, arrived in Nepal on a one-month “home-visit”.


 
On July 25, 2015, members of TIMA Nepal and some local medical professionals jointly held a free clinic and aid distribution for approximately 140 villagers at Maheswori Camp.
 
The following day, local volunteers accompanied Tzu Chi volunteers on a visit to seven tent areas to learn about the victims’ situations. The largest relief camp is located at Chechupati, around 5 km away from Kathmandu. It accommodates 7,193 victims in 1,801 tents.
 
Most victims are locals staying in the vicinity before the earthquake destroyed their homes. The Nepalese government provided 15,000 Nepalese Rupee (about RM600) per family, but this was barely sufficient after their expenditure on household essentials for their tents. As such, most of them could not afford to rebuild their homes. Their employers could not help them either as their factories and workplaces were also damaged in the earthquake. The victims could only rely on the aid provided by international or charitable organizations while job-hunting.
 
Although some of the victims had rebuilt their homes, they chose to remain at the camp as they had no source of income. The relief materials provided by the international/charitable organizations could at least ease their burden temporarily.
 
Wet weather posted a challenge for free clinic
 
Hygiene was the most pressing concern for the quake victims in Chechupati as the dense population has to share the 36 toilets. Fearing the potential outbreak of diseases, Tzu Chi medical team decided to hold a free clinic and hygiene promotion in Chechupati.
 
After a week of planning and site-visiting, the medical service was held on August 1. Two TIMA members from Nepal – Dr Nirdesh Shakya and Dr Sarvesh Gyawali – invited local doctors, medical personnel and pharmacists to join in to provide medical care.
 
Tzu Chi Foundation had conducted a large scale distribution in Chechupati Camp before, and many locals living in this area were touched by the love and care showered by Tzu Chi volunteers from different countries. This had prompted them to volunteer in Tzu Chi relief efforts. The happiness derived from helping others had further motivated them to continue volunteering in the following aid distributions and free clinics.
 
On the morning of this event, an early shower had resulted in mud covering the floor of the camp area. A few local volunteers from the camp then brought a trolley of bricks to make a walkway on the mud pit. They made a few round trips without taking a break and worked with Tzu Chi volunteers to lay the brick path leading to the free clinic. The rain did not dampen their enthusiasm to help.
 
Love without boundaries reflected in ruthless disaster
 
Since the devastating earthquake on April 25, the locals had been struggling with the loss of their homes and loved ones. In addition, they had to deal with the pressure of life and unemployment. The presence of Tzu Chi volunteers had indeed brought great relief as they provided care-giving, relief distributions, medical services and many more. The warmth and love from Tzu Chi volunteers have given them a sense of hope for the future.
 
Tzu Chi volunteers have always tried their best to reach out to the helpless victims and lifting them out of despair. More than 70 local volunteers and 26 Tzu Chi volunteers participated in this free clinic which offered medical care to 597 patients.
 
The local volunteers had been a great help to the relief efforts. It is hoped that these sprouting seeds of kindness will eventually turn into a community of Bodhisattvas, and Tzu Chi’s missions would flourish in this birthplace of Buddha.
 
The Great Love of Tzu Chi volunteers has inspired the local volunteers to tread the Bodhisattva Path. To ensure they tread the path resolutely, volunteers would share Master’s teachings, Jing Si Aphorisms and Tzu Chi humanistic values with them. Hopefully, they would share it with those around.
 
 
Buddhahood is attained in the human world and Bodhisattva practice is accomplished within the suffering world. Hence, volunteers have always served the needy with gratitude, inspiring self-compassion to relieve the suffering of others. By giving unconditionally, they gain spiritual realization. It is hoped that the Nepalese could part with their suffering and be filled with happiness eventually.
 
 
An early shower had mud covering the floor of the camp area, making it difficult to walk on. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]   Volunteers lined up in the rain to pass along bricks for the construction of a walkway in the mud pit. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]

An early shower had mud covering the floor of the camp area, making it difficult to walk on. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]
 
Volunteers lined up in the rain to pass along bricks for the construction of a walkway in the mud pit. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]
 
The locals were undeterred by the rain as they were seen queuing patiently for the free clinic. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]   The young volunteers learnt to care for the elders. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]

The locals were undeterred by the rain as they were seen queuing patiently for the free clinic. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]
 
 
The young volunteers learnt to care for the elders. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]
 
The Nepalese doctors had patiently attended to each patient despite the long queue. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]   Dr Sarvesh Gyawali (2nd left) taught the children the six steps to effective hand washing. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]

The Nepalese doctors had patiently attended to each patient despite the long queue. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]
 
 
Dr Sarvesh Gyawali (2nd left) taught the children the six steps to effective hand washing. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]
 
The young volunteers learnt about “gratitude, respect and love” after several rounds of free clinic and aid distributions. Photo shows both givers and recipients bowed 90-degree and thanked each other after the relief distribution. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]   Volunteers approached the locals for their kindness, encouraging them to help the needy. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]

The young volunteers learnt about “gratitude, respect and love” after several rounds of free clinic and aid distributions. Photo shows both givers and recipients bowed 90-degree and thanked each other after the relief distribution. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]
 
 
Volunteers approached the locals for their kindness, encouraging them to help the needy. [Photograph by You Xi Zhang]