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Students Facilitate a Special Visit to the Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre

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Evergreen Secondary School students, who were in their red or blue uniforms, were paired with the special needs visitors wearing yellow or green shirts. (Photo by Fu Ya Tien)

On the morning of Saturday, 2 July 2016, a group of students and their teacher from Evergreen Secondary School arrived at the Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre situated at Woodlands Sector 1. They were not normal visitors but rather coordinators and helpers who made it possible for eight special needs students from Delta Senior School to learn about recycling.

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Tzu Chi Holds Green Workshop for Residents

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Dr. Teo Ho Pin (first from left), mayor of North West District, participated in the three-hour long recycling workshop at the Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre. (Photo by Zhuo Jia Ling)

In the afternoon on 2 July 2016, Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) held a recycling workshop  for 194 residents from the North West District at the Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre in Woodlands. Mayor of the North West District Dr. Teo Ho Pin, was also present throughout the event to render his support.

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Tzu Chi Kicks Off Island-wide Charity Day

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Tzu Chi volunteers island-wide are mobilized on the first Sunday of every month to visit aid recipients. (Photo by Bernard Ng)

Charity is at the very core of Tzu Chi’s existence. Therefore, in June 2016, the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) designated the first Sunday of every month as “Charity Day”, to encourage volunteers to participate in care visits and bring love to the corners of society that have been left behind.

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Youths Clean Up Sembawang Beach

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Tzu Chings cooperate in the clean-up efforts, removing and sorting out the rubbish dug out from under the sand. (Photo by Chen Yong Liang)

Paper bags, plastic bags, glass, bits of clothing and even diapers; these were just some of the rubbish that lay on the seemingly clean beach. On 25 June 2016, a group of 42 youths from the Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association descended on Sembawang Beach to help in cleaning up the environment.

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Relief Distributions for Flood Survivors in France

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Tzu Chi volunteers distribute monetary aid to flood affectees with a respectful bow. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi France)

In early June this year, upon the completion of documenting relief work in earthquake-stricken Ecuador, Nils Aucante, a Frenchman who is a staff member of the U.S. headquarters of Tzu Chi Foundation returned immediately to France. To support survivors of France’s worst floods in 150 years, Nils contacted the mayors of two severely-affected towns and worked with Tzu Chi volunteers in Europe to hold relief distributions in Romorantin and Salbris on 9 July and 10 July.

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A Priceless Moment Captured in a Hug

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A student and her mother wrapped in a warm embrace (Photo by Chua See Siew)

“I’m so grateful to Tzu Chi for giving me this priceless opportunity to hug my child!” said a visibly-moved mother during the organization’s second Seeds of Hope (SOH) Development Camp. A total of 25 students shortlisted for the SOH Meritorious Award attended the half-day interactive camp where they learned to appreciate and understand their parents better.

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Tzu Chings Send Warmth Straight from the Heart

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Li Yi Qian (left) and Zhan Wang (right) help a resident of the home in crafting a paper basket. (Photo by Zhou Zheng Yang)

The familiar tunes of songs from their youth and merry dancing rekindle past memories, lighting up the faces of the elderly folk. It was the first meeting between Tzu Chings and residents of the SASCO Senior Citizens’ Home, but they got along just fine; Tzu Chings also had more activities planned up their sleeve—it was to be a day filled with great cheer as the celebrations for Parents’ Day unfolded.

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Of White Rice Gruel and Bamboo Coin Banks

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After the teacher’s explanation, preschoolers carefully examine posters showing pictures of less fortunate children as they hold on to their self-made bamboo coin banks with their monetary contribution inside. (Photo by Bernard Ng)

Seeing the tasty meal that was normally served during lunch become a bland meal of white rice gruel, the expressions on the face of the preschoolers said it all. In June, the Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool conducted a unique series of lessons to teach students to cherish their blessings and bring across the importance of creating more blessings in their life.

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