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Monday, 05 July 2010 23:36

A Safe Home for Lachmy and Family

Written by  By Low Hui Cheng, Kuala Lumpur / Translated by Lee Ren Hui

Volunteers removing the rusty zinc.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】

Lachmy's dilapidated house could not even shelter the family from rain. Tzu Chi volunteers decided to repair their house so that they can at least live safely.


Lachmy's house, located on a slope of a plantation at Bukit Arang, Sungai Buloh, was dilapidated and could not shelter the family from the wind and rain. The house also lacked furniture and they had to cook using firewood.

Lachmy and family moved to Sungai Buloh from Jinjiang ten years ago. It was then that her husband started his drinking habit and became abusive, resulting in Lachmy and children living in constant fear. Lachmy had to provide for the family of five with her monthly income of RM400/- but she persevered.

Later, she moved out to a rented place with help from Tzu Chi volunteers. She said she was happy then, but lately as her salary could not cover the rental and daily expenses, she decided to move back to her former house.

"I have to work to support my family, and I also worry about my children at home being beaten by their drunken father," Lachmy revealed.

Every morning before leaving for work, Lachmy would cook the 'three meals' for the children. Upon their return from school, the children would take their lunch and go to their neighbour's house to do their homework and play until their mother came home.

Embrace hardship with gratitude

Tzu Chi volunteers in Kuala Lumpur discovered this family through home visits to applicants of Tzu Chi's Study Grant Scheme in 2008. Later, the family became Tzu Chi's care-recipient. Before long, Lachmy and children, especially her daughter, have established a good rapport with the visiting volunteers.

"Tzu Chi volunteers always deliver supplies to us on time before our rice stock runs low." To repay the kindness received, Lachmy has become a Tzu Chi monthly donor despite the lack of money. She said, "Many people had helped me and I wish to do my part to help others too."

One could see sunlight shining through the gaps in the zinc roof of Lachmy's house. The toilet was not even properly covered so it was not safe for the daughter. On rainy days, water would drip into the house from the roof. If it rained at night, the children had to stay up to help their mother to place pots on the floor to collect the rainwater. If it rained heavily, they would sit at a corner of the living room until the rain stopped. Many times the children had to go to school the following day without much sleep.

Tzu Chi volunteers were deeply saddened by their living conditions. After assessment, Tzu Chi decided to give them a comfortable and safe home.

A heart can only be at ease under a safe shelter

Volunteer Ye Ya Guang was responsible for assessing the repair work. He delivered all the required building materials to the house a day earlier with Cai Jin Hua, donor of the materials, so that volunteers could start work immediately upon their arrival the following day.

On the repair day, it started raining about noon time and this affected the progress of the work. Volunteers sang the "Prayer" song hoping that the rain would stop soon. It did, and everyone was happy and resumed work quickly.

Volunteer Hong Jin Ji had participated in various house repairs and cleaning operations for care-recipients. For this project, he had mixed feelings. He said, "I am so blessed so I must be more appreciative of my good fortune. I am thankful to this family for giving me this opportunity to serve." He hoped to bring along his children on home visit next time as it is a very educational exercise.

Love can change everything

After the roof had been taken care of, the volunteers repaired the toilet. Before long, a new toilet had been constructed. Encouraged by volunteers, Jaya Sangan, husband of Lachmy, helped to cement the toilet floor.

Lachmy and family were very happy to see that their house can now withstand the wind and rain. Now, they do not have to worry about the problems of water leakages and the insecurity. Yang Mei Yan, the coordinating volunteer, said, "With a safe shelter to live in, we hope they will feel more at ease."

Jaya Sangan promised volunteers that he will no longer be abusive, and will find work to ease his family's financial burden. Hopefully, with the influence of great love, he will become a responsible father to his children.

Lachmy's daughter loves the company of Tzu Chi volunteer.【Photograph by Wong Mun Heng】   This was the condition of the toilet before the repair.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】

Lachmy's daughter loves the company of Tzu Chi volunteer.【Photograph by Wong Mun Heng】
 
This was the condition of the toilet before the repair.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】
Jaya Sangan helps to apply cement.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】   This is the toilet after repair.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】

Jaya Sangan helps to apply cement.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】
 
This is the toilet after repair.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】
Lachmy and her children thanked Tzu Chi volunteers for giving them a safe shelter.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】    

Lachmy and her children thanked Tzu Chi volunteers for giving them a safe shelter.【Photograph by Yap Choong Lin】
 
 

 

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