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Clean and Green Environs Even After Charity Run

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Tzu Chi Singapore was invited to the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run for the third time. (Photo by Huang Da Lun)

On 4 September 2016, Tzu Chi Singapore was present at the third Yellow Ribbon Prison Run that it was invited to, spreading the word about environmental protection through its educational booth and conducting resource recycling at the venue. Approximately 9,000 participants took part in the charity run under the hot sun to raise funds for the Yellow Ribbon cause to help former inmates reintegrate into society.

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An ALS Patient Faces Life With Positivity

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After being properly geared up for his physiotherapy session, ALS patient Yu Han Cong is supported by his caregiver and physiotherapist Vinoth as he walks. (Photo by Li Jia Yi)

Back in June 2014, the Tzu Chi Home Care Services team were notified about an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patient. ALS, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rare affliction that causes muscular weakness and atrophy in patients. Sufferers may eventually lose their ability to control all voluntary movement; their mobility is affected, and they may experience respiratory failure at the end stage of the disease.

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Towards a Common Destiny

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Over the Hari Raya holiday and long weekend, Tzu Chi Singapore held its second annual “Four-in-One” volunteer retreat. (Photo by Cai Juan Hua)

The 2016 Tzu Chi volunteer retreat for cadres kicked off with much anticipation on 10 September. The event, which lasted till 12 September, was attended by 327 participants. With a theme centred on retracing the journey of Tzu Chi and rediscovering one’s initial spiritual aspirations, the retreat aimed to pass on the spirit of selfless Great Love, with the hope of motivating and guiding volunteers to work towards the three goals of “purifying people’s minds, bringing peace and harmony to society, and mitigating disasters around the world”.

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Bringing Solace to Italy Quake Survivors

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A Tzu Chi volunteer gave a quake survivor an ornament shaped in the Chinese characters of “peace” and “safety”, and held her lovingly to show encouragement and support. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi documentation team in Europe)

In the wee hours of the morning on 24th August 2016, a devastating earthquake of magnitude 6.2 rocked the beautiful town of Amatrice, leaving a massive trail of destruction. The killer quake stole nearly 300 lives in the quiet of their sleep and left thousands more homeless. Barely four days after the disaster struck, a team of 13 Tzu Chi volunteers from Germany and Italy visited the hardest-hit cities and towns to assess the damage on ground zero and to provide emotional support to the quake-stricken victims.

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Love Grows Even as a Currency Devalues

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Raul from Venezuela used to survive on one meal a day. Under the care of Tzu chi volunteers, he gradually regained his health. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi Venezuela)

Though Venezuela is dealing with a sharp devaluation in the local currency and soaring prices, the imprints of kindness continue to ripple out from the local community. On 14 April 2016, Tzu Chi volunteer in Venezuela, Wu Ran Yun, took some local volunteers to visit an impoverished neighbourhood and discovered a particular resident who was sorely in need of care. With the help of volunteers, the resident was admitted to a Catholic nursing home, and this opened up another opportunity for Tzu Chi’s local charity mission.

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A Secret for Teacher’s Day

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A teacher smiles happily as her student serves her tea and feeds her cake. (Photo by Nichelle Chan)

A few days before the Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool celebrated Teachers’ Day on 1 September 2016, something was abuzz among the little students. “It’s a secret!” they would only say. Under the guidance of the childcare centre’s management staff, they made cards and flowers and also practised a sign language song, all without the knowledge of their teachers.

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Passing the Torch ‒ Swazi Volunteers

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Swazi volunteers have learned from their counterparts in South Africa to cultivate vegetable gardens to feed the needy in their communities. (Photos by Hsiao Yiu-hwa)

Seventy percent of the 1.1 million people in Swaziland live under the poverty line. In 2007, Tzu Chi joined forces with the Philani Maswati Charity Organization and Tex-Ray Industrial Co. Ltd., to distribute rice in Swaziland, and this event has since been carried out annually. In 2012, Tzu Chi volunteers from South Africa opened the door to regular and long-term aid to the needy in Swaziland. Since then, they have been tirelessly working to help the needy population there, and their work has inspired many locals to join their ranks.

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New Uniforms Bring Hope

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Tzu Chi volunteers at SJK (C) Paya Mengkuang and the school’s principal, Li Qin Lie (first from left), distributing uniforms and shoes to children from needy families. (Photo by Luo Xiu Juan)

In Malacca, some children from poor families wear tattered uniforms and shoes to school as they cannot afford to buy new ones. Prior to the start of the school semester in June this year, Tzu Chi Malacca and local kind-hearted donors stepped in to buy them new gifts. On 22 and 29 June, shortly after the schools reopened, Malacca Tzu Chi volunteers made the trips to the primary schools of SJK (C) Paya Mengkuang, SJK (C) Yok Sin, and SJK (T) Ladang Sungai Baru, to distribute new school uniforms and shoes to 43 needy students.

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