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Parent’s Day Celebration at Tzu Chi

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On 22 May 2016, the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) organized an event in honour of parents. 499 attendees from 163 families participated in the activity, which was held at the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Cultural Academy. Children participants expressed their gratitude to their parents by offering the latter snacks which they had made themselves, together with a cup of tea. They also presented carnations to thank their parents, and in return, they received a heart-shaped thank you card.

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Work Relief Programme Brings Renewed Hope to Ecuador Quake Survivors

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Tzu Chi volunteers from the US, Argentina, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic inaugurated a large-scale clean-up effort in the earthquake-stricken seaside town of Pedernales in Ecuador. A total of 1,137 residents participated on the first day.  (Photo credit: Tzu Chi USA)

More than a month has passed since a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 shook the coastal Province of Manabi in Ecuador on 16th April 2016, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands of shell-shocked survivors without homes. Teams of seasoned Tzu Chi disaster response volunteers from the United States quickly sprang into action and kicked off a Cash-for-Work relief programme, working side by side with quake survivors to help clean up the quake-hit areas. Deeply moved by the volunteers’ genuine love and tireless efforts, quake survivors rekindled hopes of rebuilding lives and homes in the places where they had spent their entire lives raising families and making a living, prior to the massive disaster.

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Little Children Learn Culture from Tea Appreciation and Flower Arrangement

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Tea appreciation class instructor Yan Su-Yuan (centre) guides the children in their observations on the changes the tea undergoes after steeping. (Photo by Nichelle Chan)

Are flower arrangement and tea appreciation classes suitable for children? Since April 2016, Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) has been conducting twice monthly flower arrangement and tea appreciation classes for the five and six year olds at the Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool. The classes aim to inculcate the qualities of love, compassion and respect in them and teach them the appropriate ways in which they should conduct themselves.

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A Smile from an Elephantiasis Sufferer

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Nurse Nancy Tan (left) dresses Salih’s wound with the help of a volunteer. (Photo by Bernard Ng)

After more than a year of care from the Tzu Chi medical home care team, Salih, an elephantiasis sufferer for the past 20 years, finally walked out of his dark days as his festering sores started to heal. The team who has been visiting him once a week is now like family to him.

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Gearing Up for New Tenants for Grandma Wong

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At noon, volunteer Wang Li Juan (right) helps Grandma Wong to clean her altar and advised her to buy just one or two of each type of fruit offerings so that there would not be wastage. (Photo by Nichelle Chan)

Grandma Wong, aged 79, is one of the many elderly folk living alone in the Redhill estate. Her home is filled to the brim with clutter and she is unable to clean up her living quarters herself as she cannot stand or sit for long. On 24 April 2016, 15 Tzu Chi volunteers arrived with cardboard boxes both large and small, some cloth rags and paint, intending to repaint her walls and facilitate the rental of her empty room.

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Purifying Our Minds Through Spiritual Practice

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Former CEO of Tzu Chi Singapore David Liu giving a talk at a volunteers’ training session, sharing invaluable insights he has gained from working under Dharma Master Cheng Yen. (Photo by Chua See Siew)

“If we do not seize every little opportunity (to do good), we would find it difficult to attain great deeds,” said David Liu, former CEO of Tzu Chi Singapore and Malacca.

On the 16th and 17th of April, Liu delivered three speeches to groups of volunteers in Singapore, sharing invaluable insights that he had gained by working under Dharma Master Cheng Yen (Tzu Chi’s founder) in Taiwan. He also took the opportunity to launch a new book that he had authored.

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Post-Disaster Needs Assessment in Quake-Stricken Ecuador

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Nearly 7,000 buildings collapsed in the massive earthquake that struck Ecuador on 16th April 2016. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi USA)

On 16th April 2016, a devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck the coastal Province of Manabi in Ecuador, leaving a trail of widespread destruction. The killer quake left a staggering death toll of at least 659 innocent lives, and some 27,732 injured. In response to the massive humanitarian crisis, a 9-member Tzu Chi team of disaster relief volunteers from the USA and Chile was quickly despatched on 27th April into the hardest hit areas, along the coastline of Manabi Province, to conduct a post-disaster needs assessment so as to plan for relief efforts. 

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Rendering Aid to Survivors of Kumamoto Earthquake

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Tzu Chi volunteers received good feedback (from the quake survivors) for the dumplings they had made using Jing Si instant rice. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi Taiwan)

When a magnitude-7.3 earthquake hit Kumamoto, Kyushu, on 16 April 2016, Tzu Chi volunteers in Japan were immediately activated. They started to gather information even as they convened an emergency meeting to discuss the extent of damage and the mode of humanitarian aid. They grouped themselves into small disaster response teams and proceeded to the quake-hit zone to render aid.

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