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Monday, 01 June 2015 18:15

First Education Sponsorship Scheme’s Humanities Lesson in Tawau

Written by  Leong Imm Chon, Tawau / Translated by Jacqueline Khoo

Volunteers handed out sponsorship to the beneficiaries with respect. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]

“Very touching, I felt respected. The moment my child went on stage and vowed, I felt really proud,” said a tearful father, Anwar bin Latip.


 
Anwar bin Latip works as a school helper earning a monthly wage of RM600. He is grateful to Tzu Chi for granting his two young children the Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme, which has allowed his children to purchase the required reference books. The family is aware that the sponsorship can only be continued if the children achieve outstanding performance. For this reason, Anwar has motivated his children to work harder.
 
Tzu Chi Tawau extended their first Education Sponsorship Scheme in 2015, with the aim of nurturing more hardworking children from poor families, who have moderately good results, to finish their education in school.
 
On June 1, 2015, 17 students along with 18 parents attended the Education Sponsorship Scheme’s humanities lesson at Tawau Liaison Office.
 
Parents and children together experienced a game called “Great Love Lighting Up the World”, where each pair of parent-child took turns to drip water into a cup. All were anxiously waiting for the moment the light bulb lit up. At the same time, they realized the importance of gathering everyone’s strength to help others.
 
Through the game, Anwar came to understand that many a little makes a mickle. Previously, he would put the money collected in the bamboo bank in the bank. Now that he has learnt about doing good through the bamboo bank, he and his children will donate the money saved in the bamboo bank to Tzu Chi to help those in need.
 
Learn proactively with determined ambitions
 
Eight-year old Nuraisyah received her first sponsorship from Tzu Chi. When she was born, her parents abandoned her and her 15-year-old sister. Their mother returned to Indonesia due to post-natal depression; and their father, who works in Kota Kinabalu, deserted them. As their guardian, Suriani decided to adopt them even though she is not wealthy.
 
Suriani was touched by a video presentation of the real life story of Thinesh Kumar, who never gave up on himself despite inherent inadequacies. After learning of Thinesh’s story, Suriani felt that nothing is impossible in this world. She also responded to the call of turning love into actions by donating money to help the needy.
 
“This amount of money could fulfil a child’s dream in studying,” said a grateful mother, Sarimah. Her husband, the sole breadwinner of the family, passed away last month, leaving the helpless family behind.
 
Sarimah has five children with the eldest daughter at sixteen and the youngest son is four years old. With her children to care for, she could only earn a living by doing some sewing at home. To Sarimah, this sponsorship has given her and her children endless hope. Her Primary 2 child, Nabilah, is also eager to study.
 
Han Xing Yuan was utterly grateful as the sponsorship could allow him to buy extra Chinese reference books for his daughter, Han Xiao Ling. He is also saving his money in the bamboo bank to help the needy. He will also use Thinesh’s story to encourage his daughter not to give up on studying.
 
Realize one’s dream to study with sponsorship
 
After receiving the sponsorship, the 17 beneficiaries vowed to appreciate the sponsorship offered to them and would continue to work hard. Every beneficiary was given a Tzu Chi Interaction Book, which allows the students to move forward everyday towards their goal and direction.
 
Through the Education Sponsorship Scheme, children from poor families can go to school without worries. Their hope of learning continues while their dreams of studying are fulfilled.
 
 
The lively and interactive activity, “We Are Family” brought volunteers and parent-child closer together. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]   Anwar came to understand the principle that every little helps, thus he decided to save money in the bamboo bank and donate them to Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]

The lively and interactive activity, “We Are Family” brought volunteers and parent-child closer together. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]
 
Anwar came to understand the principle that every little helps, thus he decided to save money in the bamboo bank and donate them to Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]
 
A total of 17 students received the sponsorship, which they vowed to appreciate and have also promised to work hard.  [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]   Tzu Chi teenagers presented snacks to the attendees courteously. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]

A total of 17 students received the sponsorship, which they vowed to appreciate and have also promised to work hard. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]
 
 
Tzu Chi teenagers presented snacks to the attendees courteously. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]
 
Han Xing Yuan, a father, stated that he would use Thinesh as an example to encourage his daughter not to give up on learning. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]   Sarimah thanked Tzu Chi for their timely assistance for her daughter’s education after she lost her husband. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]

Han Xing Yuan, a father, stated that he would use Thinesh as an example to encourage his daughter not to give up on learning. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]
 
 
Sarimah thanked Tzu Chi for their timely assistance for her daughter’s education after she lost her husband. [Photograph by Chen Yu Ping]