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Sunday, 21 October 2012 00:00

A Cultural Camp for Scholarship Applicants and Parents/Guardians

Written by  By Kang Sin Fue, Lin Hui Chu & Low Siew Lian, Melaka/ Translated by Ng Say Fen & Hew Kwee Heong

A warm hug enhances the relationship between parents and their children.【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】

Tzu Chi Melaka's volunteers recently organized a cultural camp for their scholarship applicants and parents/guardians, hoping to share with these underprevilaged families the virtues of gratitude, respect and love.


On the morning of October 21, 2012, Melaka's Tzu Chi volunteers cheerfully greeted 213 applicants of their scholarship scheme and their parents/guardians. The warm welcome had calmed the nervousness of these first timers to the Camp.

The Camp's programme included activities that highlighted the virtues of gratitude, respect and love in the parent-child relationship, and a drama based on Jing-Si Aphorisms.

Apologizes to mother

When asked how he shows his love to his parents, Lin Jian Hao said, "Every morning, I help my mother to make pastry for sale."

Being the eldest in the family, Jian Hao always lend a helping hand to his parents in their pastry business. But he said he rudely answered his mother occasionally when he was in bad mood. After watching the drama that depicted a couple who ignored their father when he was no longer able to provide assistance to them, he regretted his misbehavior towards his mother.

He realised that he needs to be obedient to his parents and expressed his apologies in a thank-you card to his mother. In presenting the card, he sincerely apologized for his misbehavior to his mother, who was very touched. Both of them had tears rolling down their faces. His mother then said to him, "All I hope is that you can concentrate on your studies and do not disappoint us."

Close relationship between grandmother and grandchild

Wu Qi Zhong, a Standard Two student, attended the Camp together with his grandmother. When the movie screened showed happy moments between parents and children, a teacher asked the students if they were all happy. While most of them answered "Yes", Qi Zhong kept quiet and was unsure of his feelings.

Coming from a single-parent family, he was left to the care of his grandmother from young; and became an introvert. Apart from his grandmother, he did not interact with others in the Camp.

As the programme progressed, he started to get involved in activities and actively answered questions during an interactive session. Despite not having the presence of his parents in his daily life, he is, nevertheless, grateful that he has his grandmother to take care of him. He then presented a thank-you card to his grandmother.

A mother with many roles to play

Huang You Min, a busy mother said, "This is a very meaningful activity which can help a lot of people." Besides doing house chores and fetching her three daughters to and from schools every day, she also helps others to take care of their children. Furthermore, her husband is always not at home as he works outstation. Others felt that she is having a tough life but she is happy doing all these tasks as she feels that they are her responsibilities as a mother.

The family's financial situation is insufficient to fulfil the children's needs, like shopping and eating the food they like. But the children did not complain. Instead, they help their mother to do the house chores. You Min always teach her children to think positively.

Her eldest daughter, Zhu Hui Xin, is a good girl. At the Camp, she has learnt more about the meaning of filial piety through the drama "The Hot Temper Turkey".

I am fortunate

Forty-two year old single-mother, Chen Rong Li, attended the Camp with her two daughters. She said, "I have learnt that I am fortunate through this Camp as I realized there are other people who are less fortunate than me."

She was a full-time housewife, who used to live a comfortable life, surrounded by people who cared for her, like her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law. Unfortunately, all of them had passed away within a one-year period. Her husband was in a comatose state for 6 months before his demise. Following all these unfortunate incidents, her life suffered and she went into depression.

Besides insomnia, her depression has stabilized with medical treatment and counseling; and she no longer needs to take medication. She is now a temporary worker in a noodle factory, as well as, a cleaner for a family. Her eldest daughter's results have also improved after she started paying attention to her upon her recovery from depression.

Rong Li has deep feeling for the Jing-Si Aphorism: "Say good words, have good thoughts and do good deeds" because she said she found her value in life in her most difficult time through helping others.



Most of the students, who attended the Camp, were from single-parent families. Hence, the volunteers provided more care to them. This Camp, which promotes the virtues of gratitude, respect and love between parents and their children, is a preliminary effort by Tzu Chi to assist these students.

 

Tzu Chi's Da Ai Mothers and Teachers jointly organized a drama entitled,   The Cultural Camp promoted the virtues of gratitude, respect and love.【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】

Tzu Chi's Da Ai Mothers and Teachers jointly organized a drama entitled, "The Hot Temper Turkey".【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】
 
The Cultural Camp promoted the virtues of gratitude, respect and love.【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】
 
Lin Jian Hao's apology made his mother cry.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】   Even though his parents were not present in his daily life, Wu Qi Zhong is nevertheless grateful that he has his grandmother to take care of him.【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】

Lin Jian Hao's apology made his mother cry.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】
 
 
Even though his parents were not present in his daily life, Wu Qi Zhong is nevertheless grateful that he has his grandmother to take care of him.【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】
 
Zhu Hui Xin (right) said she greatly appreciates her mother, Huang You Min (centre).【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】   Chen Rong Li (with pony tail) said she has learnt that she is fortunate through the Cultural Camp.【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】

Zhu Hui Xin (right) said she greatly appreciates her mother, Huang You Min (centre).【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】
 
 
Chen Rong Li (with pony tail) said she has learnt that she is fortunate through the Cultural Camp.【Photograph by Lee Kin Chee】

 

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