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Go Vegetarian to Save Mother Earth

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Six-year-old Khor Xin Yi (right) takes the initiative to help out with simple housework at home. (Photo by Pang Lun Peng)

Six-year-old Khor Xin Yi from the Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool will sometimes tell her mother that she wants to have a vegetarian meal. Though the request is unexpected, her mother will try her best to fulfill it. The menu on their table at home will therefore change according to her whims. For Xin Yi, the reason behind her request is actually very simple……

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Seniors Appreciate the Thought that Counts

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Villay expresses her gratitude to neighbour Grandma Ee for giving her the motivation to carry on. (Photo by Zheng Mei Fen)

Apart from Children’s Day and Youth Day, are you aware that there is an International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP)? To raise international awareness of population aging and the needs of the elderly, the United Nations has designated 1 October of every year as UNIDOP. The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) started the “Seniors Give Thanks!” campaign three years ago and this year was the second time that Tzu Chi had been invited. The latter led seniors in an activity that encouraged them to express their gratitude to their caregivers, friends, and society.

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Paving a Path of Blessings Into Paitan, Sabah

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On the 1st October 2016, a team of Tzu Chi volunteers from Sandakan in Sabah, Malaysia, travelled to Kabuluh Community Hall in the town of Paitan. As their vehicle rolled to a stop, the volunteers were greeted with the beautiful sight of aboriginal children in school uniforms seated neatly on the floor in the Hall. Especially delighted and excited was local volunteer, Chin Chai Mee. Every trip to Paitan is like a precious homecoming to Chin, who treats the group of over 700 children there as her own.

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The Cycle of Love Continues in the Middle East

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Jordan volunteer Lily J. A. Ramian is a Catholic and a volunteer with Tzu Chi, where she renders aid to Syrian refugees and orphans. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi Taiwan)

The Middle East region has been plagued by conflicts in recent years, and the Tzu Chi Foundation (Jordan) is one of the international humanitarian organizations that have been actively helping in the refugee crisis. In addition, Tzu Chi volunteers have engaged the locals in volunteering and heartening results have begun to be seen.

 

 

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Turning Trash into Resources

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Visitor Zaiton came with a trolley filled with recyclables and spent some time learning more about recycling from Tzu Chi volunteers. (Photo by Wong Twee Hee)

In his opening speech during the Clean & Green Singapore 2016 event, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that climate change has brought about greater challenges for Singapore. Apart from rising temperatures, drought and water shortages are also occurring more frequently. Tzu Chi was also present at the exhibition zone that day, educating visitors on recycling in daily life.

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Maturing with the Great Love PreSchool ‒ A Little Boy Grows Up

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Before he turned five, Boo Ray Sheng was a handful for his teachers. His mother’s choice of adjectives to describe him were namely, “dependent” and “anti-social”. After two years of preschool life, however, six-year-old Ray Sheng has not only made himself new friends, but also learnt the meaning of gratitude and respect for others.

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The Joy of Life-Long Learning

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Student Zheng Zhen Yu demonstrating the protocol in tea art. He explains that only with focus can one brew up a good pot of tea. (Photo by Chai Jiuan Hua)

From steeping tea, one learns the art of interacting with others; from flower arrangement, one finds the inspiration to continually improve. On 22 October 2016, graduating students of the Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre (CEC) shared the joy of lifelong learning and its benefits with others through a live presentation and exhibition of their craftwork.

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Filling Up a Heart with the Power of Love

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The annual winter aid distribution exercise has become an appointment to look forward to between Tzu Chi volunteers and Ah Xian. (Photo by Huang De Xin)

“Thank you Master Cheng Yen, for the care and love you have shown me! I am filled with joy and will continue to live on!” Uttered with difficulty, these words came from Ah Xian (not his real name) who had difficulty with his speech and motions. Every year, during the winter aid distribution exercises in China, local Tzu Chi volunteers would come across those who were handicapped or suffering in loneliness and who were dearly in need of a dose of care and spiritual uplifting. Ah Xian from the Hai Cang District in Xiamen City was one such person.

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