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Medical Care for Refugees in Thailand

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 A waiting patient at a Tzu Chi free clinic event reads information written in his own language. Languages from many countries are spoken in the free clinics that Tzu Chi offers every month to refugees in Bangkok, Thailand. The refugees there receive warm receptions from volunteers, have their ailments treated, and relax in conversation with fellow countrymen in their mother tongue.

A group of us from Tzu Chi climbed the narrow stairs up a four-story building in a Bangkok suburb. Suddenly, from behind us, someone called out, “Are you with Tzu Chi?” We looked back and saw Suhail Joseph waving to us from an open door. Going past his home without knowing it was an understandable mistake—the building contained many small studio apartments, each with a door of the same color. Suhail led us into his apartment. Saima Khokhar, his younger sister, was setting the table. “Please join us for breakfast,” she said to us. A small balcony, equipped with a personal-sized gas stove, served as their kitchen. Joseph squatted by the flame to make buttered toast and a pot of Pakistani milk tea. Volunteers stepped up to kiss his mother, Theresa Khokhar, 71, who was sitting on a bed. Theresa broke into a smile. As the sizzling toast filled the room with a buttery aroma, Saima began to tell us their story.

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Tzu Chi Holds Eco Awareness Fair by the Sungei Api Api

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Mr Teo Chee Hean (fourth from left)  Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for National Security and MP of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC officiated at the ceremony of Tzu Chi’s adoption of Sungei Api Api. (Photo by Huang Si Ni)

Situated by the banks of the Sungei Api Api, the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) jointly organised a green exhibition with the neighbourhood grassroots committee on 20 December 2015. Residents were invited to the “Sungei Api Api Neighbourhood Eco Awareness Fair”, which included activities, such as talks, an exhibition, and a drawing and colouring contest. 

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Seeds of Hope Recipients Learn to Sow Blessings

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SOH educational beneficiary Qaisyara (right) gives her aunt a big hug in gratitude for bringing her up. (Photo by Pua Poo Toong)

The hopes of a country lie in the hands of its younger generation while their future depends on education. As 2015 drew to a close, and before the commencement of the new school term, the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) held six Seeds of Hope (SOH) Financial Assistance Scheme disbursement ceremonies from 12 to 13 December 2015, benefiting 1082 students.

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