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“I like who I am now!”

“I like who I am now!”

64-year-old Tan Beng Hock described himself as living a “foolish and chaotic life” before the age of 50. After surpassing many trials in life and growing up from the hardships he went through, he said with certainty, “I like who I am now.”

People | Tzu Chi Foundation

A Woman of Many Talents

A Woman of Many Talents

Living the high life of “eating, drinking, playing and making merry” was once the “life mission” of Hsu Li Chen (Ci Yu). A chance encounter with Tzu Chi propelled the well-to-do homemaker into a joyful path of service for the less fortunate.

People | Tzu Chi Foundation

Living Without Regrets

Living Without Regrets

During his 18 years in Tzu Chi, veteran volunteer Loi Hui Thin viewed acts of charity as second nature to him and always found joy in serving others. Though without a medical background, he had quietly served in countless medical aid missions overseas……

People | Tzu Chi Foundation

Former Gang Leader Turns to Volunteering

Former Gang Leader Turns to Volunteering

After having walked this earth for close to 70 years, former gang member Tay Teck Seng is presently a changed man. He now lives a fulfilling life each day as the guardian over every tree and shrub around Tzu Chi’s Jing Si Hall.

People | Tzu Chi Foundation

Emerging from Adversity Through Charity

Emerging from Adversity Through Charity

Despite the adversities that have entered their lives, Mr and Mrs Wu Bao Fa’s passion for charity remains unwavering. But is it still possible to have a charitable heart even when one’s basic survival needs can’t be met?

Charity, People | Tzu Chi Foundation

“It is a blessing to be able to even move at my age!”

“It is a blessing to be able to even move at my age!”

80-year-old Tzu Chi volunteer Lock Meng Swee describes the first part of his life’s journey as a directionless ship. Now, he lives a meaningful life as a volunteer, accompanying Tzu Chi’s medical home care team on weekly home visits...

People | Tzu Chi Foundation

Waste Water Can Also Be Useful

Waste Water Can Also Be Useful

Water is an indispensable resource for life, but are we treasuring every single drop? Ponder on this: Have you managed to save water as you go about your daily life?

Env. Protection, People | Tzu Chi Foundation

A Young Child Transformed

A Young Child Transformed

A graduate of the Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool, Angus Chan is an active boy who used to be an impatient character. Under the loving care and guidance of his teachers at the PreSchool, he has become a sensible child who enjoys helping others.

Education, People | Tzu Chi Foundation

A Chapter on Determination and Freedom in Life

A Chapter on Determination and Freedom in Life

How would you deal with it if the mobility on one side of your body was affected? For cerebral palsy patient Tony Ng Hee Kiat, who was unable to live life normally since he was a child, the road growing up was not easy. He was resentful of his condition a

People | Tzu Chi Merit Organization

Adding Years of Fortune Without Joss Paper

Adding Years of Fortune Without Joss Paper

“Retirement”, “rest” and “troubles” are words not found in Tzu Chi volunteer Feng Theam Fook’s books, and the most apt description of the man’s character would be the Jing Si Aphorism: “Be willing to give and happy to accept what comes our way”. Ten years

People | Tzu Chi Foundation

Repaying the Tzu Chi Family by Giving Back

Repaying the Tzu Chi Family by Giving Back

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 h

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Flowers Bring Spiritual Realizations on the Tzu Chi Path

Flowers Bring Spiritual Realizations on the Tzu Chi Path

A self-proclaimed person “born of a good life,” Xue Shu Ru from Taiwan came to Singapore in 2004, accompanying her children who were studying here. In the blink of an eye, 11 years passed by and the seeds she had planted in Tzu Chi Taiwan had...

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A Vegetarian Diet ─ From the Foetal Stage

A Vegetarian Diet ─ From the Foetal Stage

Tzu Ching alumnus Lee Yuen Kuan and her husband Phoon Kin Ming decided in 2009 that their future children would all follow a vegetarian diet, right from the foetal development stage. Now, their two children Phoon Yi Xin and Phoon Yi Qing, who are both...

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Inspiring Kindness in the Neighbourhood

Inspiring Kindness in the Neighbourhood

“When countless others benefit, so too will one’s blessings be limitless.” Master Cheng Yen’s words made an indelible imprint on Tzu Chi volunteer Tang Pei Ling’s heart when she was at the June 2014 volunteer leaders’ retreat organized in Taiwan; these wo

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From Zero to Hero

From Zero to Hero

25-year-old Neqqi stopped school for almost ten years after failing the PSLE. He used to live in despair, thinking that he had no future, and had also lost hope in society. But with the support of his family and Tzu Chi, the young man finally found hope i

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A Couple’s Joyous Dedication Towards Protecting the Earth

A Couple’s Joyous Dedication Towards Protecting the Earth

Bi Yu Kun and Chen Ya Ting, a husband-and-wife team from Shun Fu Road who have been Tzu Chi volunteers for 21 years, remain dedicated to their beliefs and have never looked back. Their family is not well-to-do; they have to work hard to make ends meet...

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A New Life Gained and a Family Transformed by the Dharma

A New Life Gained and a Family Transformed by the Dharma

Cui Li’s husband Xu Liang Tong is one of the beneficiaries of Tzu Chi’s charity mission. In September 2011, his family was in dire straits when he lost his capacity for daily functions due to post-operative complications from a brain tumour removal. With

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A Promise to Meet in a Letter with no Address

A Promise to Meet in a Letter with no Address

Xu Zhi Sheng once kicked his mother’s shoulder in a rash fit. For this act, he still feels regret till this day. He wrote down the words he never had a chance to say to his late mother...

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