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Inspiring kindness in the workplace

March 22, 2018 | Jamaica Digo

Showing their coin banks and donation forms, Shawill Corporation employees cheer “We are now Tzu Chi members!” 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】

Story Highlights

  • Through the invitation of the company owner, Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers shared the history and programs of the organization with the employees of Shawill Corporation on March 22.

  • Inspired by the works of Tzu Chi, Shawill Corporation employees pledged to become monthly donating members.


Employees of Shawill Corporation are the newest members of Tzu Chi Foundation as they pledged to become donors during their monthly staff meeting.

On March 22, Tzu Chi volunteers, through the invitation of the company owner Mrs. Sharon Sy, shared with the 127 employees the history and programs of the foundation.

“Mrs. Sharon Sy is one of our volunteers. She wants us to share about Tzu Chi to their employees and inspire them to become Tzu Chi donors,” shares Chieh Fang Uy.

During the short program, Uy, along with fellow volunteer Michael Siao, discussed how Tzu Chi was born in 1966 out of a Buddhist nun named Master Cheng Yen’s wish to alleviate the suffering of the needy. The Master had asked her 30 disciples, who are mostly housewives, to save 50 cents daily from their grocery money in a bamboo coin bank. The collected amount funded Tzu Chi’s first charity programs. This practice continues to this day across the world where Tzu Chi had set foot.

Locally, Tzu Chi’s biggest contribution is in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Through the guidance of Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi volunteers had launched a cash-for-work program to clean the affected communities. This provided short-term livelihood for the survivors who received Php500 daily assistance, which helped them recover. Later, it even inspired many typhoon victims to become donors and volunteers.

Shawill employees were moved by what they have heard and learned.

For Monica Mendoza, Tzu Chi is a symbol of hope and love in a chaotic world.

“In these times, it may feel like evil is all around us but in fact, there are so many good people who are still ready to help in our darkest times.  That is something very touching and impressive,” shares Mendoza.

Another employee, Cristina Manuel, was inspired by the benevolence of Master Cheng Yen.

“She’s admirable because she has taught many people to give what they have and what they can as long as it comes from the heart. Although you don’t get anything in return, you keep helping. That practice is something I can adopt so that I can help others too,” adds Manuel.

In closing, Tzu Chi volunteer Siao reminded the employees that everyone has a kind heart that is only waiting to be awakened. He also underscored the impermanence of life, urging the employees to seize every moment to respect and love their parents and to do good deeds.  

“Our life is like a broken aquarium and we are the fish swimming inside. Our time is constantly running out,” Siao notes.

Inspired, almost every employee signed the donation forms and adopted coin banks, vowing to donate monthly. Among them is Roselle Viovicente.

“I will support Tzu Chi Foundation through donations wholeheartedly because they are truly helping a lot of people and I was so touched by what they are doing and have learned a lot from them,” she says.


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  • Volunteer Chieh Fang Uy shares Tzu Chi’s relief work in Leyte after Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The Buddhist group had launched a cash-for-work program that hastened the cleanup of the devastated communities in Tacloban City. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】

  • Employees of Shawill Corporation, numbering to 127, are all ears as volunteer Michael Siao discusses the history of Tzu Chi Foundation and its charity programs in the country. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】

  • Monica Mendoza says Tzu Chi Foundation made her realize that no matter how dark and dangerous the world seems, there is still so much goodness and kindness left in people. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】

  • Inspired by Master Cheng Yen’s example, Cristina Manuel pledges to adopt the practice of unconditionally helping people in need. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】

  • Roselle Viovicente vows to become a monthly donating member to support Tzu Chi’s charity programs. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】