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Tzu Chi Annual Grant-in-Aid Presentation - A Token to Ease the Burden of Parents

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Tzu Chi Annual Grant-in-Aid Presentation - A Token to Ease the Burden of Parents
The Cycle of Love
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2008 Tzu Chi's grant-in-aid distribution benefitted close to 8,000 primary and secondary students from lower income families in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Muar, Kota Kinabalu, Seremban, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Kuantan, Tawau, Termeloh and Raub. This had enabled the students to continue with their studies without worry and, at the same time, eased their parents' financial burden.

Tzu Chi volunteers had the opportunity to interact with headmasters, teachers and many families in the community through the issuance of application forms to schools, home visits and presentation ceremonies. Besides witnessing the sufferings, the volunteers also came across many heart-warming stories that brought out the beauty in humanity.

Everyone Does Charity
More than 4,000 students from the Klang Valley's 221 schools, including the children of Tzu Chi care recipients, received the grant-in-aid distributed by Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur.

There were 13 ceremonies held for the grant-in-aid presentation where students, teachers and parents were invited. As several sessions were held in Tamil Schools for the ethnic Indian recipients, Malay or Tamil interpreters were arranged to ensure all the guests could fully understand the programmes. Volunteers also specially translated and recorded the song of "One Family" into Tamil for the event.

No language barrier
One of the sessions was held at SJK (T) Ladang Coalfields. In June this year, Tzu Chi volunteers received a report that this school needed help and relief was provided immediately after evaluation. The Assistant Headmaster, Anthony, was impressed with Tzu Chi's quick response. As such, he gave the volunteers his full cooperation for the session held in this school. He also invited his friend, Mr Guan, who is fluent in Mandarin and Tamil, to be one of the Masters of Ceremony; and arranged for three of the school teachers to learn the sign language at Tzu Chi's activity centre in Damansara.

Mr Anthony was also impressed that Tzu Chi did not limit the number of applicants, and that they visited all the applicants' homes to understand their actual situation. He thinks the aid truly serves its purpose and because of this, he has decided to be a volunteer too.

32 of 120 students in this school received the grant-in-aid. All of them are from families with income as low as RM500. Hence the money really helps to ease the burden of the parents.

Understand one's blessing
Master Cheng Yen said it is the responsibility of every Tzu Chi volunteer to do charity work.

Volunteers who participated in the evaluation exercise found that there were many families with problems. A member of Tzu Chi Teachers' Association found that a student had performed poorly as he could not cope with his father's demise. Besides this, volunteers also found a single mother who self-mutilated her arm, and there were families who were so poor that they did not even have sufficient food. On a brighter note, there were also very hardworking and contented students.

New volunteer Wang Hui Ting said, "When I stepped into the first house, I was shocked to find that there is such a poor family in my community. It is a unit of government flat. We saw children playing on the filthy floor. We later found that the three children are being raised by their grandparents as their father has abandoned them and their mother is staying with a friend. As their grandfather, the sole bread-winner, passed away three years ago, and their grandmother has diabetes, the family of four survives on the subsidy from the Welfare Department."

"I felt sorry for them and thought of my two daughters. My husband and I planned for their education since they were born. As I always wanted them to do better in their studies, I never praised them but always scolded them instead. I realized that I am the cause of my family's disharmony. I also understood when the Master said that one must understand one's blessing, cherish it and cultivate more blessings. I realized that I was very ignorant and kept comparing and complaining. My daughters are actually very obedient and well-behaved." After this round of home visit, Hui Ting began to actively participate in charity work, and even brought along her friends.

More than 2,000 volunteers were involved in the home visits. Out of the 4,800 applications, 405 applicants needed further assistance.

Through witnessing the sufferings, it is hoped that everyone has learned to be more grateful and broad-minded. One must then nurture sincerity and humbleness so that one is free from affliction and ignorance.


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