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Long Distances Pose no Barrier to Aid Distribution in Serbia

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For Tzu Chi volunteers in Serbia, the chance to personally offer their love and support is  cherished. And the love flows both ways, as refugee families take a moment to relax and smile. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi USA)

At 4am in the morning before the light of day, on 17 March 2016, 22 Tzu Chi volunteers in Europe set off from the refugee camp in Sid, in the north of Serbia, for another in Presevo. Located in southern Serbia and bordering Macedonia, the destination was seven hours by road, and the volunteers made the 500km journey to bring winter clothing and supplies to refugees taking shelter there.

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A New Venue for Tzu Chi’s Parent-Child Bonding Class

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The venue of the Tzu Chi Parent-Child Bonding Class was changed to the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Cultural Academy Home. With proper classrooms and well-prepared lessons conducted by an experienced team, the young participants’ learning was greatly enhanced. (Photo by Huang Zhe Ying)

On 28 February 2016, the first Tzu Chi Parent-Child Bonding Class of the year was held at the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Cultural Academy Home. With proper classrooms and well-prepared lessons conducted by an experienced team, the young participants’ learning was greatly enhanced.

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May There Be NO MORE WAR in This World

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At an aid distribution, volunteer Zhou Ru-yi hugs a Syrian woman to soothe her. The woman was venting her discontentment against the Turkish government.

A protracted civil war has forced four million Syrians from their country. Over two million of them have fled to Turkey. This number includes half a million school-aged children, of whom only 140,000 go to school. They have already lost their homeland; they can ill afford to also miss out on an education, perhaps their best chance for a better future.

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Bringing Cheer to Elderly Residents During the Chinese New Year

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Tzu Chings put up a lion dance performance for the elderly residents, bringing a festive air to the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home. (Photo by He Yao Yong)

On 21 February 2016, a care visit team consisting of 47 Tzu Chings (members of the Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association), Tzu Ching seniors, and their school mentors went to the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home to bring special new year greetings to the thirty over residents there.

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Repaying the Tzu Chi Family by Giving Back

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Luo Shu Fen (left), accompanied by Wang Li Fen, sharing her story at the Tzu Chi trainee commissioners’ learning retreat in July 2014. (Photo by Chua See Siew)

North Zone Tzu Chi volunteer leader Luo Shu Fen was diagnosed with stage two stomach cancer in 2013, but she faced the future with equanimity and regarded the illness as her teacher. With support from the Tzu Chi family and her own family, she continued her volunteer work to repay the love and care she has received from everyone. Luo’s story serves to encourage Tzu Chi’s aid beneficiaries to face their challenges with courage.

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Tzu Chi Promotes Environmentalism at Chingay Night Fiesta

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Tzu Chi volunteers at a busy walkway doing their bit to raise awareness of recycling among the masses at the Chingay 2016 Night Fiesta. (Photo by Chua Teong Seng)

On the evening of 21 February 2016, volunteers from Tzu Chi Singapore participated in the Chingay Night Fiesta for the first time, and together with two other charity groups, promoted recycling to the masses at the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. They especially hoped that their actions would inspire the younger generation to maintain the clean and green image of Singapore, so that its reputation as a “Garden City” would continue far into the future.

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Giving Love and Extending Aid to Refugees in Serbia

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Tzu Chi volunteer Chen Shu Wei caring for an Afghan child refugee at a rest centre in Serbia. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi Taiwan)

Thousands of refugees fleeing from the unrest in their home countries pass through Serbia every day, on their way to other European countries. They carry deep within them the ardent hope of finding a safe haven where they can settle down in peace. On their long, gruelling journey, they face harsh conditions, freezing weather, and a shortage of aid and shelter. In January 2016, Tzu Chi volunteers in Europe made a trip to Serbia to assess the refugees’ needs, and returned later in February with supplies of winter clothing and accessories. Their inspiring love and care warmed the refugees’ hearts and strengthened their resolve to rise up to the challenge in their search for new homes.

 

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Spreading Awareness of Recycling ─ Juying Students Do Their Part

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For over two years, Juying Secondary School, whose students have benefitted from the Tzu Chi Seeds of Hope (SOH) Financial Assistance Scheme, has worked together with the organization to hold talks on environmental awareness for its Secondary Four students. In addition, Tzu Chi volunteers have also been guiding the students to do recycling and to promote environmental protection to residents at a nearby HDB estate.

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