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Resilience and Hope Amidst a Flood Disaster

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On 30 and 31 December 2014,a 43-man team of Singapore volunteers braved muddy floodwaters to distribute relief supplies to the victims in Pahang and Terengganu.(Photo by Lin Tai Ming)

The havoc wrought by serious flooding in the Malaysian peninsula at the close of 2014 saw Tzu Chi volunteers on both sides of the causeway working hard in tandem as they extended humanitarian aid to the affected.

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Singapore Volunteers Extend Help in Flood-hit Pahang

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Peninsula Malaysia experienced its worst flooding in decades and out of its 13 states, nine have been seriously affected and the number of victims has exceeded 20,000. (Photo provided by Tzu Chi Foundation (Hualien))

The worst flooding in decades to hit Malaysia has progressed into its second week and according to media reports, there are now nine states that are affected, including Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu and Kedah, as well as the worst-hit areas in the southern and western states of Johor, Negeri Sembilan, and Selangor.

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Giving Children the Strength to Dream

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Recipient students and their families arrive under the guidance of our volunteers for their respective ceremony sessions. (Photo by  Leong Li Ling)

The 2015 Seeds of Hope Financial Assistance Scheme Presentation Ceremony was held at the Jing Si Hall of Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore), over two days and six sessions. Fifty-six recipient secondary schools from all across the island, comprising 2,584 teachers, parents and students were invited to attend. The ceremony’s central theme was “Practicing Charity and Filial Piety Cannot Wait”, and the warm and touching atmosphere even prompted some students to express their gratitude to their parents on the spot.

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A New Life Gained and a Family Transformed by the Dharma

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Xu Liang Tong loves to watch Da Ai TV and imbibe the teachings of Master Cheng Yen. Learning the Dharma daily helped him to understand the impermanence of the material things in life. (Photo by Lin Zhen Yi)

Cui Li’s husband Xu Liang Tong is one of the beneficiaries of Tzu Chi’s charity mission. In September 2011, his family was in dire straits when he lost his capacity for daily functions due to post-operative complications from a brain tumour removal.  With the care from Tzu Chi volunteers and inspiration he got from the Da Ai TV programmes, the family of three has found light at the end of the tunnel and begun practicing the Dharma diligently.

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Tzu Chi’s Use of Bamboo in Cement Flooring Wins International Award

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Tzu Chi Foundation is building pre-fabricated housing in the province of Leyte in the central Philippines which was badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013. (Photo by Tu Feng-May)

The Tzu Chi Foundation received a gold medal at the 39th International Invention Show (INOVA) in Osijek, Croatia, on November 8, for its use of bamboo in the making of cement tiles for a housing project in the Philippines. It won the environmental category of the competition for its cost-effective and environmentally friendly concept.

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Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class Cleans Up the Coast

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Participants working together to remove plastic bags buried deep in the sand. (Photo by  Zhang Mou Sheng)

In contrast with previous camps organized for the Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class, a half-day coastal cleanup was specially arranged as one of the 2014 camp activities. On 15 November 2014 which was the first day of the camp, 66 members of the Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class aged 13 to 17 gathered at the Pasir Ris Park for the cleanup. Through the experience, they learnt the negative consequences of littering and learnt that everyone has a role to play in protecting the environment.

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Be Strong—Loving Hearts Encourage One Another On

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Tzu Shao with a grateful and respectful heart, helping care recipients remove their shoes and keep them in the shoe bags provided. (Photo by Zeng Mei Zhen)

Charity distribution day is an event organized every two months by our charity volunteers, and also involves entrepreneur volunteers from Tzu Chi who play the role of drivers, fetching care recipients and their families to and from the Jing Si Hall. On 9 November 2014, 243 care recipients from four different regions attended the charity distribution event which brought joy and hope to their lives. Volunteers also invited care recipients onstage to perform and with much song and laughter, brought encouragement to one another.

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Graduating Today! A Milestone for Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool

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CEO of Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) Low Swee Seh, Tzu Chi's head of administrative matters Keng Lim and the head of the Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool Ms Ong Suan Paik were present to give their blessings to the graduates. (Photo by Huang Bo Han)

Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool finally welcomed its first batch of graduates six months after its opening. The graduation ceremony was held at its Yishun premises, and though there was only three little ones graduating, the teachers put in their best efforts to prepare for the ceremony and invited the parents and 25 of its students to celebrate this milestone. Together, they witnessed this important developmental phase of the children and made up part of the students’beautiful childhood memories.

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