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Last updateWed, 11 Nov 2015 11am

Great Love to Flood Victims

Rosliza (left), who rely on sewing to make a living, sought for Tzu Chi’s financial aid to repair her broken sewing machine. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

Rosliza bte Mat Ibrahim, a single mother of five, who lives in Kuala Krau, Pahang, depends on sewing for her family’s livelihood. Unfortunately, the flood destroyed her sewing machine, cutting off her main source of income for three weeks. On January 10, Tzu Chi volunteers learnt of her predicament during a home visit. The following day, they offered emergency cash relief to repair her sewing machine.

A Malay lady, Ramlah, warmly welcomed a revisit by volunteers to Kuala Krau and her village for clean-up and care-giving.[Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]

In Kuala Krau, where the majority of its population are Malays and only 10% are Chinese, there is little interaction with Chinese-based Buddhist organizations. When Tzu Chi first launched the cash-for-work programme, it was misunderstood by the local Malays, who thought they had to pay Tzu Chi for the cleaning work.

The granny (middle) was delighted as Liu Xin Yin, a Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth, lovingly called her, “Granny”. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

With her arms around a volunteer, 69-year-old Malay granny, held a Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth, Liu Xin Yin, close to her. When Xin Yin pressed her cheek against the granny’s and lovingly called her “Granny”, the latter joyfully said, “You all care for me genuinely, and I love you all dearly!”

Tzu Chi remained in the affected areas after the disaster, and returned repeatedly to care for the needs of flood victims, besides conducting house-to-house visits to provide comfort. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

At 6.30 am on January 2, 2015, some 300 Tzu Chi volunteers from nine branches in Central and Southern regions set off for Kuala Lipis, Sg Koyan, Padang Tengku and Kerambit in 71 four-wheel drive vehicles. They carried out home visits that benefitted about 474 families.

Tzu Chi volunteers sponsored the work relief programme in Pahang. Villagers happily joined in the clean-up efforts and re-established themselves. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]

On January 4, 2015, approximately 2,000 Tzu Chi volunteers and public members drove 1,249 villagers to sign up for the cash-for-work programme in Temerloh and Kuala Krau in Pahang. Twenty-five trucks and seventeen excavators were mobilized to complete the operation in approximately three days. On the same day, volunteers from Tzu Chi Melaka launched a similar programme in Kampung Seberang Jelai in Lipis.

Volunteers from Tzu Chi Melaka initiated cash-for-work programme in Lipis, hoping to give local villagers a sense of community. It was an uplifting experience for both parties. [Photograph by Charlie Kam How Chan]

With blessings from Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi volunteers initiated the cash-for-work programme in Lipis, hoping to give the local villagers a sense of community and speed up the recovery of the town’s livelihood.

Volunteer Ch’ng Eng Guat chatted, consoled and persuaded Granny Mekti to eat the lunch specially packed for her. [Photograph by Tee Kim Wooi]

An old couple, who refused to go to the relief centre, took shelter in a tent set up by their neighbours outside their mud-filled home. Seeing her ruined house and unable to clean it up, Granny Mekti felt depressed and was consoled by Tzu Chi volunteer, Ch’ng Eng Guat.

Malaysia Airlines delivered 300 boxes of Instant Rice from Taiwan to Kuala Lumpur free of charge on December 30. Tzu Chi volunteers and Nippon Express staff helped coordinate at the airport. [Photograph by Lim Eng Yee]

Following the devastating floods that hit Malaysia, Tzu Chi Malaysia and Singapore have mobilized all volunteers to survey the affected areas, distribute relief aid, and hold free clinics since December 26. As of December 29, a total of 2,178 families (some 7,000 people) had benefitted.

On January 3, 2015, volunteers loaded cleaning paraphernalia for transportation from KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall to Temerloh. [Photograph by Woo Yoke Bee]

Eight Malaysian states have been seriously affected by a major flood. Although floodwaters have receded in some places, mud and debris are everywhere. Master Cheng Yen suggested that the Malaysian volunteers carry out a cash-for-work programme to help the victims clean up their homes. This programme, involving more than a thousand people, is most practical for the affected areas in Temerloh, Pahang, which are closely located.

The victims showed their gratitude when volunteers distributed the material aid and cash relief with both hands. [Photograph by Oh Bee Choo]

The number of flood victims in Malaysia had risen to above 220,000; and Maran was one of the worst hit areas. On December 27, Sio Kee Hong, Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, and Low Guan Huatt, Deputy Director of Tzu Chi Klang, and two volunteers departed for Kuantan Liaison Office to discuss relief efforts for Maran. They only arrived at midnight December 28 as they had to take a longer route due to the flood.

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