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Monday, 04 December 2017 00:00

With Love, the Children Are Not Alone

Written by  Chan Shi Yih, Nepal / Translated by Lee Hui Yieng

Tzu Chi volunteers interacted happily with the children at the Phenday Care Children Home. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]

More than two years since a massive earthquake rattled Nepal, Tzu Chi volunteers have not stopped caring for the survivors. On December 3, 2017, more than 20 volunteers from Tzu Chi KL &Selangor and Nepal sent daily supplies and love to the orphans.


Phenday Care Children Home is located on a hill in Sathikhel Village, about a 2-hour drive from Kathmandu. Nepali Tzu Chi volunteers have been offering medical services and healthcare education, as well as, providing daily supplies and stationery to the Home since November 2015.

On December 3, 2017 morning, 27 volunteers from Malaysia and Nepal arrived at the Home and were surprised to be greeted by the children near the entrance, with each receiving a stalk of marigold.

“Hello! Hello! Hello! Transforming beautiful dreams into happiness sounds awesome, but it takes every one of us to do it to yield the result…”

More than 10 volunteers and over 40 children were singing and dancing to the songs, “Hello” and “Little Stars”, instantly filling the classroom with joy and laughter, and drawing one another closer.

A token of gratitude

After the ice-breaking session, volunteers taught the children how to make “finger flower”. First, they outlined their palms on paper and wrote a blessing on each finger. Then, they cut the palms out and rolled them into flowers.

A well-behaved Saino Gurung was among the many children who enjoyed making the “finger flower”. She said, “Because I can teach my friends later.”

Volunteers then guided the children to prepare thank-you cards for their teachers. The children mindfully penned their notes of gratitude on the heart-shape cards, before presenting them to their teachers respectfully. The atmosphere was warm when the teachers read aloud what were written on the cards.

Volunteers also encouraged the children to express their gratitude and wishes for their teachers. Thirteen-year-old Sumina Gurung said, “The teachers taught us very well. I love you teachers, thank you.” With her parents divorced, Sumina moved to the Home after the 2015 earthquake. She felt happier there because of the love and education received. She also likes Tzu Chi volunteers very much for their loving nature.

A happy moment together

The children’s laughter lingered in the air as volunteers played outdoor games with them. They also sang a Nepalese song, “Phulko Aakhama” (translates as “In the Eyes of the Flowers”), and a Mandarin song, “The Child Who Lights the Darkness”, to convey their gratitude towards the volunteers and to wish peace on everyone.

After a series of interactive activities, a local doctor, Nirdesh Shakya, presented a bag containing Jing Si Aphorism booklet in Nepalese language, peace ornament, red envelope of blessings from the Master, and so on, to each teacher; and a bag containing a winter jacket, stationery, Master’s red envelope of blessings and so on, to each child. Everyone was delighted to receive the gifts full of blessings.

The children were especially attracted to the three boxes of storybooks, among other provisions, such as, multi-purpose foldable beds, eco-blankets, food wares and cabinets. They immediately started reading the books.

The event ended with the song, “We Are Family”, which best represented the love of Tzu Chi towards the children. With love, the children are not alone, and the beautiful memories will be imprinted in everyone’s heart forever.

 

 

Volunteers led the children to perform sign language interpretation of the song, “We Are Family”. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]   Volunteers distributed winter jackets, stationery, Master’s red envelopes, and other supplies to the children at the Phenday Care Children Home. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]

Volunteers led the children to perform sign language interpretation of the song, “We Are Family”. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
Volunteers distributed winter jackets, stationery, Master’s red envelopes, and other supplies to the children at the Phenday Care Children Home. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
The children were especially attracted to the storybooks provided and immediately started reading them. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]   The children expressed their gratitude for their teachers on the heart-shaped cards. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]

The children were especially attracted to the storybooks provided and immediately started reading them. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
 
The children expressed their gratitude for their teachers on the heart-shaped cards. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
Sumina (left) felt happier living in Phenday Care Children Home because of the love and good education she receives. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]   Saino (right) has received a lot of love and care at the Phenday Care Children Home. She said, “Here, I have learnt to love and respect nature and others, and especially to be honest.” [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]

Sumina (left) felt happier living in Phenday Care Children Home because of the love and good education she receives. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
 
Saino (right) has received a lot of love and care at the Phenday Care Children Home. She said, “Here, I have learnt to love and respect nature and others, and especially to be honest.” [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]