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Thursday, 11 March 2010 14:23

A Helping Hand for Single Parent Chenderakirana

Written by  By Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur Documentary Team, Kuala Lumpur / Translated by Chiang Sook Chen

Tzu Chi Volunteers brought vegetarian dishes and a cake to celebrate with Rana and family for their new home.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】

Single mother Chenderakirana and her three young children were living in an extremely dilapidated hut; and coupled with the unhygienic conditions, the children also fell sick frequently. Tzu Chi volunteers repaired their house and brought them new furniture.


Tzu Chi volunteers found Chenderakirana (Rana), a single mother, and her three young children, living in an extremely dilapidated hut last year when they carried out home visits to the Tzu Chi Study Grant applicants.

There were leakages in the roofs and cracks on the walls of this house. When it rained, the house would become very damp, attracting rats, snakes and insects. In addtion, the humid and unhygienic surroundings affected the family's health, making it difficult for the mother to attend to her job properly.

Since her divorce, Rana had been living in constant fear, without money or help from anyone to improve her livelihood. "There are holes here and there, and I am always worried about snakes sneaking in to hurt my kids," said Rana.

Aware of Rana's desperate situation, Zaiton, the landlord, did not press her for the long overdue house rent. And though Zaiton would like to help, she could not afford to repair the house.

"This pillar has been corroded by termites and some walls are breaking apart. This house is obviously at risk," said Tzu Chi volunteer Mo Zhe Wen, while pointing to the cracks on the walls.

In consideration for the health and security of the family, Tzu Chi volunteers decided to help repair the house. Commencing March 6, 2010, more than 50 volunteers took 6 days to complete the task of cleaning up the house, carrying out repair work and bringing in clean furniture. No efforts were spared to improve the living environment for the family to lead a proper life.

Help and support the poor with love

The floor in the house was damp and infested with germs due to the constant leakages of rain water. When volunteers found out that the family had to sleep together in the congested sitting room, they decided to create a new room for them.

Tzu Chi volunteers set up an iron framework, laid bricks and rebuilt a strong house at the same site with cement and zinc.

While doing the construction, Tzu Chi volunteers discovered that in addition to a caged white pigeon, there were also two tortoises kept by Rana's son, Norman, in a baby bathtub far too small for them.

Moved by compassion, the volunteers asked Norman, "Would you feel free and happy if you were kept in a cage?" Norman understood and agreed to set free the pigeon and the tortoises.

On the third day of the work, when volunteers noticed that Rana's eldest daughter had been in bed since noon and was having a fever, they sent her to Selayang Hospital. There she was diagnosed with lung affection, and an x-ray revealed that there were also some white spots. Though her case was not too serious, she was detained for further observation.

A new home

Rana watched the progress of the repair work with expectation and gratitude. On the sixth day (March 11), when volunteers brought in new furniture that included beds, mattresses, sofa, writing desks, chairs and wardrobes, tears welled up in her eyes. She never imagined there were so many kindhearted people existed in this world.

Her neighbour and landlord, Zaiton, and her family came over to congratulate Rana. Looking at the pretty surroundings, the lighting, the new water pipes, the flushing toilet and the well-arranged furniture, Zaiton could not help but shed tears as she shared Rana's joy.

All of them gathered at Rana's new house for a celebration that included delicious vegetarian dishes and a birthday cake. Rana and her children were overwhelmed by the love showered on them.

Rana, however, had mixed feelings. She was happy to have a new home where her children could be safe, but she was also worried about her eldest daughter, who was still warded in hospital. Nevertheless, an agitated and tearful Rana took the opportunity to express her deep gratitude towards Tzu Chi volunteers.

"This looks like a brand new house. Thank you very much for rebuilding my house and for giving me the furniture."

Tzu Chi's Great Love has enabled Rana and her family to enjoy a secure home and mutual love.

 

Tzu Chi volunteers starting to work on Rana's house.【Photograph by Pan Sze Wei】   Norman releasing the tortoises back to the stream.【Photograph by Pan Sze Wei】

Tzu Chi volunteers starting to work on Rana's house.【Photograph by Pan Sze Wei】
 
Norman releasing the tortoises back to the stream.【Photograph by Pan Sze Wei】
 
In addition to general repair work, Tzu Chi volunteers also created a new room for Rana and children.【Photograph by Pan Sze Wei】   Volunteers fixing up the furniture.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】

In addition to general repair work, Tzu Chi volunteers also created a new room for Rana and children.【Photograph by Pan Sze Wei】
 
 
Volunteers fixing up the furniture.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】
 
Rana is moved to tear looking at the fully furnish 'new' house.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】   Tzu Chi volunteers have rebuilt a new and secure home for Rena.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】

Rana is moved to tear looking at the fully furnish 'new' house.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】
 
Tzu Chi volunteers have rebuilt a new and secure home for Rena.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】

 

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