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An Elderly Father Repents and Learns How to be a Good Person

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Lian Mei’Er credits the Jing Si Aphorisms for having profoundly positive effects in transforming her family’s relationship with one another. (Photo by Qiu Xiang Shan)

“I want to say sorry to you; in the past I had committed a lot of wrongs, and have only just started learning how to be a good person.”

These words left Lian Mei’Er momentarily stunned; it was unbelievable that her 68-year- old father had actually said those words to her. What followed next was a stream of tears that would wash away the years that were clouded by ignorance……

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Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool Graduation

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Ng Yi Jun offers tea respectfully to her parents at the Tzu Chi PreSchool graduation ceremony. (Photo by Dai Xiao Tong)

On 5 December 2015, the Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool held its second graduation ceremony at Tzu Chi Singapore’s Jing Si Hall in Pasir Ris, attended by 164 people. Apart from the 14 graduates from the class of 6-year-olds, also present were their parents and preschool mates from the class of 5-year-olds. With the passing of the months, the students had learnt good manners, to have a grateful heart, to love Mother Earth and even adopted a vegetarian diet.

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Tzu Chi Teenagers Celebration Inspires Kindness

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At the conclusion of their two-day camp, Singapore Tzu Shaos (students of the Tzu Chi Teenagers Class) held a celebration at the Jing Si Hall on 22 November 2015. The celebration was attended by 300 people and featured a talent showcase, as well as a food, arts and crafts bazaar to raise funds for the Tzu Chi Seeds of Hope Financial Assistance Scheme.

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Tzu Chi Youth Camp Nurtures Positivity

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The two day, one night youth camp at the Jing Si Hall organised by Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) was attended by 83 youths from various local tertiary institutions. (Photo by Huang Si Ni)

Every one of us have our own dreams, and an image of an ideal world inside our hearts. But how does one realise these dreams? The Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) organised a Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth camp from 31 October 2015 to 1 November 2015 for 83 students from various local tertiary institutions. Through the camp activities, they had the opportunity to reflect on themselves and to learn what they could do to create a better world for themselves and others.

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Education Is Precious, But School or Work?

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Tzu Chi volunteers and students at an education center play a game during a Saturday morning class on Jing Si Aphorisms.

They are children of refugees in Malaysia. Should these children work to help with family finances, or should they take on schooling expenses now to be better pre­pared for tomorrow? It is a difficult choice for parents, but the UNHCR and Tzu Chi Malaysia are working together in an attempt to help resolve the dilemma.

 

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Poverty and Illness: A Vicious Cycle

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People wait in line to be seen at the Tzu Chi free clinic. On Sunday mornings, the clinic opens at eight, but many patients get there early. A clinic staffer will hand out their numbers before the door opens. The clinic is on the top two floors of this five-story building on Jalan Pudu.

Refugees dread being unwell. If they are sick, they put off going to the doctor because they are too poor to afford medical care. In 2005, the Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur and Selangor branch and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees signed a memorandum of understanding to provide free medical services to refugees in Malaysia in order to keep them from being hit by the double whammy of poverty and illness.

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Joining the Town for a Recycling Day Out

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On 7 November 2015, the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) was invited to take part in Marine Parade Town Day and the Clean & Green Litter Picking Exercise organised by the Marine Crescent Ville Residents' Committee. The event aimed to heighten eco-consciousness among residents by promoting green living. That day, 54 volunteers from Tzu Chi reached out enthusiastically to more than a thousand participants.

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Helping Nepal Quake Survivors Get Through Winter

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(Photo by Tsung-Pao Huang)

The earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 devastated the country and destroyed many homes. Thousands were left homeless and many had to move to the Kathmandu Valley in search of safe shelter, food, health care, and possibly, work. However, there are also many people who did not have the means to travel to  the Kathmandu Valley. For these less fortunate ones, help and resources are even more scarce and scattered.

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