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Klang's Study Grant Presentation Ceremony

Written by  By Klang Documentary Team/ Translated by Peggy Lee

Presentation of blessings from Tzu Chi volunteers.【Photograph by Na Lian Teck】

This year marks the 5th year of Tzu Chi's Study Grant Scheme. As with the past years, volunteers from Tzu Chi Klang went to schools and made home visits to prepare evaluations on children from low-income families, in order to alleviate their financial burden and give them hope.


On October 27 & 28, 2012, Tzu Chi Klang organised a total of five Study Grant Presentation Ceremonies that benefitted 1,537students. To encourage and to elevate humanities, three awards, namely, Filial Piety Award, Morality Award and Great Improvement Award, were implemented this year.

Education should not be interrupted

The Headmaster of Raja Muda Musa Tamil Primary School, Thamilarasu said, "I hope parents and students would make good use of the award money to pay for their school fees as they are donations from the public. It is also the effort of Tzu Chi volunteers. I would like to encourage each and every student to study hard and to pay back to society in future."

Having known Tzu Chi for the past two years, Headmaster Thamilarasu fully supports the "Bamboo Bank" idea as he agrees that little money gathered will turn into good deeds. He encouraged parents and students to do good deeds every day. To show his support in protecting the environment, he promotes recycling in his school, as well as, educates his students to protect the Earth. They bring recyclables to the school once a month and proceeds from their sale go towards the school fund.

Madam Aminah, who has been teaching for the past 22 years, first came into contact with Tzu Chi volunteers and the introduction of Tzu Chi's Study Grant Scheme five years ago when she was transferred to the school. From this association, she came to understand Tzu Chi's missions and thereafter became a donating member. She is very grateful to the volunteers for their dedication, and is very pleased that they visit the school each year to advocate the Study Grant. This brings hope to students from low-income families as they will be able to continue with their studies.

She said, "Throughout the years, I have been helping the poor students to apply for the Study Grant to lessen their families' financial burden especially when the new school year begins. It has also reduced the rate of student dropouts."

She was moved to tears when she witnessed the students receiving their awards on stage. In order for the parents to understand the source of the awards, she and the Headmaster invited the parents to accompany their children to the award presentation. It also gave them an opportunity to understand that Tzu Chi is a charitable organization, which helps the needy regardless of race or religion. She hopes that they will learn to give back to society when able in the future.

Exemplary model

Physically-retarded Logeswary has only three fingers on her right hand and some deformed fingers on the left. Despite this, she was not ashamed but was seen smiling throughout the whole ceremony. A Year 5 student, she received the Study Grant for the second time this year and was also recommended by her teacher for the Morality Award. She was very happy to receive both awards and would be spending the money for the school's reopening. Her ambition is to become a doctor, so that she is able to help more people

Logeswary is very optimistic and does well in her studies. She also gets along very well with teachers and fellow students in school. At home, she helps her mother with house chores, besides taking care of her siblings.

Her father, V.Rajendran was very grateful for the awards given to his daughter; and this would encourage her to do well in school. Initially, he could not accept his daughter's physical condition, but seeing her determination in overcoming difficulties had made him an extremely happy father on this occasion. He said, "My daughter is a precious gift from God. I've learned from her the courage to face the challenges in lives."

When the father and daughter learnt about the source of the awards, they donated RM50 from her awards to the Study Grant fund. They received a thumbs-up from all volunteers present.

Li Zeng Rong from Kong Hoe Chinese Primary School, who received the Study Grant for the first time, was so inspired after hearing "The Power of RM10" that he donated RM10 from his award to the Study Grant fund. He hoped that his little effort to do good deed would benefit other students as well.

Give hope to poor students

Lenisha is from a single-parent family and she has received the Study Grant award for four consecutive years. At this year's ceremony, she was invited to share her story on stage. She was nervous initially but with her mother's encouragement and company, she finally plucked up courage to speak on stage.

She said, "This award is of great help as it will solve my mother's financial problem. I can use the money for school fees and stationery for the new school year.

Her mother, Malervili, is a kindergarten teacher. She would always remind her children that education is important for their future. She wanted them to study hard in order to help others in future. Her marriage broke up when Lenisha was 4 years old. Knowing the importance of education, Malervili gave up her part-time afternoon job at the tuition centre to assist her daughter with school work. She is glad that her daughter has the motivation to concentrate on her studies.

Rohani Sarsu bte Abdullah and son, Muhd Syukri, arrived very early. Despite having to spend RM50 on taxi fare, she didn't mind. "When I was informed of the award presentation, my first reaction was to thank Allah, and of course, Tzu Chi for the assistance!" said a very happy and grateful Rohani.

As a single-parent with five children, Rohani has to work hard to feed her family and to pay for school fees. She works as a car washer, earning only a mere RM25-RM30 a day. She is always short of money especially with the new school year when she needs to finance her children's school fees. With the help of this Study Grant, she no longer has this worry.

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The first batch of "The Study Grant Presentation Ceremony" ended with lots of smiles on the faces of these students. The second batch of the Ceremony was scheduled for November 4, 2012, with another five sessions to come, and more seeds will "sprout"!

 

The first batch (5 sessions) of Tzu Chi Klang's Study Grant Presentation Ceremony benefitted a total of 1,537 students.【Photograph by Lim Poh Choo】 Headmaster from Raja Muda Musa Tamil Primary School, Thamilarasu, praised the implementation of the Study Grant.【Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong】

The first batch (5 sessions) of Tzu Chi Klang's Study Grant Presentation Ceremony benefitted a total of 1,537 students.【Photograph by Lim Poh Choo】

Headmaster from Raja Muda Musa Tamil Primary School, Thamilarasu, praised the implementation of the Study Grant.【Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong】
Lenisha and mother, Malervili, are very grateful to receive the award as it will lessen the family's financial burden.【Photograph by Na Lian Teck】 V. Rajendran is very grateful for the award, which he said will greatly motivate his daughter.【Photograph by Lim Poh Choo】

Lenisha and mother, Malervili, are very grateful to receive the award as it will lessen the family's financial burden.【Photograph by Na Lian Teck】

V. Rajendran is very grateful for the award, which he said will greatly motivate his daughter.【Photograph by Lim Poh Choo】
Madam Rohani from Raju Muda Musa Tamil Primary School was moved to tears upon seeing the students receiving awards on stage.【Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong】

Madam Rohani from Raju Muda Musa Tamil Primary School was moved to tears upon seeing the students receiving awards on stage.【Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong】

 

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