Over 300 indigent families at Caloocan High School were blessed to receive a 20-kilo sack of rice from Tzu Chi on April 14.
In the Philippines, low-income families consider themselves fortunate when they have rice on their table. With extra money, they buy various viands that last for weeks. If not, they season rice with condiments like soy sauce. Such are the ways of easing their hunger.
Seeing families deprived of rice, Tzu Chi Foundation reached out to over 300 indigent families in Caloocan High School, Caloocan City bearing 20-kilo sacks of rice on April 14.
“Once you enter their homes, you’ll really see the hardships they have to endure every day. They don’t have any comfortable mattresses, so they sit or sleep on the floor,” explains Tzu Chi volunteer Violeta Cuna, who conducted home visits.
One of the recipients was Edilita Mique, escaped death a week before the relief activity.
Despite cataract in her right eye, 75-year-old Edilita accompanied her friend to the barangay office to seek medical assistance. Crossing the road, it was too late when she saw the approaching truck. The accident caused minor injuries on her face. She lost a lot of blood but survived.
Mique takes care of her granddaughter while her son works as a tricycle driver. Upon hearing about Tzu Chi’s relief mission, she immediately approached the local officials to be listed. She has known Tzu Chi for some time, having undergone a checkup at its dental clinic in the Great Love Campus.
“The sack of rice will really surely last for a month or so. Now, my son can allot rice money to more important expenses,” she shares.
She also plans to share the grains with her brother living nearby.
“I’ll be sharing this rice to let him know that despite the life we have, he must be still grateful for the blessings,” she adds.
Orlando San Pedro, another recipient, is beyond grateful for the rice he received. Although this is his first time to hear about Tzu Chi, he became motivated to do good through the teachings of Dharma Master Cheng Yen.
Physically challenged since birth, San Pedro makes between Php200 and Php300 a day working round the clock. It’s barely enough to cover his household’s needs and send his four children to school.
“Working as a tricycle driver with a disability is really hard. But it’s not a reason to beg for alms on the roadside. Life is always hard, which is why we need to double our efforts to live a good life,” ends Orlando.
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