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The Tzu Chi Da Ai Gallery

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During the volunteer briefing session at the Da Ai Gallery, volunteers serving as guides and community leaders listen attentively to the explanations of design and planning team member Seow Beng Lan and carefully take notes. (Photo by Chua Teong Seng)

Three pencil stubs, each 1-cm in length, and three cabbage props—can these seemingly puzzling exhibits really tell the story of Tzu Chi? The Da Ai Gallery established by the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) officially opened to the public on  19 April 2016. Prior to the opening, volunteers who would be serving as guides at the Gallery and community volunteer leaders were briefed on the exhibits and the meaning behind them.

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Tzu Chi Signs MOU with Ren Ci to Provide Free Dental Services

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Unlike typical dental check-ups, more than half of Ren Ci’s residents are bed-ridden, as such volunteers have to be mindful of clear communications and minute details. (Photo by Douglas Lee)

On 23rd April 2016, Tzu Chi Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ren Ci Nursing Home at Bukit Batok. The partnership enables dental professionals from the Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA Singapore) to provide two years of free monthly dental services in the health care institution. To facilitate the preparation of equipment for future visits, TIMA’s dental team provided free dental check-ups for residents in the Nursing Home and filed their dental records for future reference.

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Recycling Starts from the Grassroots

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Minister of State for the Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon (second from left) was there to lend support to the recycling point’s opening, accompanied by RC chair Luo Mei Li and Tzu Chi volunteers. (Photo by Guo Qing)

On 10 April 2016, the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) partnered Yio Chu Kang Zone 7 Residents' Committee (RC) and opened a new recycling point at Ang Mo Kio block 624. The Residents’ Committee members lent their ardent support from the preparations till the opening, transforming the empty plot of land into an area where the earth friendly endeavour can take place.

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Local and Overseas Students Visit Tzu Chi’s Eco-Awareness Centre

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Children from the Kong Meng San Dharma class learning the recycling mnemonic. (Photo by Wu Ming Jun)

Everyone has a part to play in protecting the earth. In 2014, the Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre received many visitors after it was established, doing its bit to spread environmental awareness. Two groups of students, one from  Aldrich Bay Government Primary School in Hong Kong and the other from KMS Dharma School in Singapore, visited the Centre on 23 and 26 March 2016.

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Sowing Seeds of Great Love among Kidney Patients

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Mok Chee Peng, social worker  at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, sharing from his real-life experiences with over 340 Tzu Chi Home Visit volunteers. (Photo by Lin Meng Cai)

Since 2005, Tzu Chi Singapore has been providing financial assistance to needy kidney patients undergoing dialysis. On 3 April 2016, some 340 of its Home Visit volunteers attended a training session where they gained a better understanding of the anguish of kidney patients and learned how to support them with empathy. In addition, the attendees were also introduced to the eight new measures of Tzu Chi’s Mission of Charity, which aim to expand and deepen the Mission’s outreach in the community.

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Jing Si Books and Café Opens Sims Avenue Branch

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Volunteers of the Jing Si Books and Café at Sims Avenue take turns helping out in the operations, working in shifts. (Photo by Chua Teong Seng)

The Jing Si Books and Café officially opened its Sims Avenue branch in Singapore on 1 April 2016. To instil its volunteers with the spirit of service, staff from the Jing Si Book Hut, together with Tzu Chi Singapore’s cultural promotion team, organized a training session for 56 participants on 27 March 2016.  The Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Jing Si team, too, made a special trip down on 28 and 29 March to share their experience and drink recipes, as well as to assist in the decoration of the bookstore.

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Volunteers Sow Seeds of Hope in Students

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Tzu Chi volunteers bow respectfully to recipients of the SOH Financial Assistance while distributing gift pouches containing reusable eco-utensils to them. (Photo by Teoh Moh Sang)

The Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) held a ceremony to present the Seeds of Hope (SOH) Financial Assistance to beneficiaries of the Scheme on 19 March 2016 at the Jing Si Hall. The programme assists students from financially strapped families with their meal and transport expenses, helping to lighten their families’ financial burden. With Tzu Chi’s aid and the care from its volunteers, the needy students can now better focus on their studies. 

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Winds of Change Bring Recycling to UWCSEA

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With guidance from Tzu Chi’s recycling volunteers, students from UWCSEA’s East Campus successfully implemented green practices at its Family Festival, impressing Marialine Verdickt, head of the Parents’ Association at the school’s Dover branch. (Photo by Tan Sam Ba)

Over the past two years, Tzu Chi volunteers have been regularly visiting the East Campus of UWCSEA (The United World College of South East Asia) to share their experience in promoting environmental action and awareness with members of the student recycling initiative, GreenFingers (GF). On 19 March 2016, the East Campus organized a Family Festival and GF put what they had learnt from Tzu Chi into practice, transforming the event into a green campus activity.

 

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