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Inspiring the young ones to be their best selves

January 05, 2019 | Charissa Tulinao

Going on for almost two years, the Jing Si Kiddie Class proves its effectiveness as children eagerly participate in the activities and adopting coin banks with the aim to help others in need. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

Story Highlights

  • The children are the future, and Tzu Chi truly sees the significance of shaping the minds of these young individuals. Every month, volunteers conduct a Jing Si Kiddie Class in barangays N.S. Amoranto, Salvacion and Paang Bundok in Quezon City. A session was held on the 5th of January 2019 at the Jing Si Hall.

  • In an effort to continue with the holiday season’s spirit of giving, the volunteers surprised the children with biscuits and sacks of rice to take home to their families.

 

It is known that children hold the power to the future of the world. Possessing an opportunity to mold and shape them into compassionate individuals is a great privilege.

For almost 2 years, Tzu Chi volunteers has been conducting Jing Si Kiddie Class once a month to different barangays in Quezon City with one ultimate goal; to instill good morals and values that Master Cheng Yen shares in order to cultivate their young minds and guide them into the right way of life.

On the 5th of January, residents of barangays N.S. Amoranto, Salvacion and Paang Bundok in Quezon City were invited to participate once again in the Jing Si Kiddie Class. The children excitedly enter the hall and show their enthusiasm as they join in the sign language of the songs.

Majority of the residents weren’t expecting gifts as they arrived in the venue but continuing on with the spirit of the holiday season, volunteers surprised the recipients by giving them biscuits and sacks of rice.

Before the distribution, the unknowing guests listen attentively to the video presentation prepared by the volunteers wherein a video of the beginning of Tzu Chi Foundation by Master Cheng Yen was shown.

Over a period of two years, the kiddie class was conducted in the barangays, and in most of their sessions, the concept of the coin banks was always presented. The families eagerly contributed and during the program, 3 full coin banks were collected.  

Nympha Acosta, a 60-year old grandmother, regularly takes care of her granddaughter, Andrea. She believes that putting coins in their coin banks no matter how small is the amount over a long period of time would eventually be a big help especially to those people in need like she herself.

She knew how it felt to be alone, having lost her husband, thus, she truly desired to offer her assistance and comfort to those who have suffered like her through donating to the coin banks.

“We were given food, and all of these goods so I think it’s just right to give back and share all the blessings I received,” said Acosta.

Brenda Oncines’ 10-year old daughter was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, an uncommon tumor that is found in her liver cells. Trying to maintain a stable life for her family with the money that her husband earned as a tricycle driver, she claims that they barely get by because of the expensive medical bills.

Although, as they went on with monthly checkups, and as she was about to go through surgery, the doctor declared that the lump in her liver was already gone. Oncines couldn’t be more happy and grateful for the miracle that happened to her daughter.

“Her checkups and tests were always delayed because we didn’t have enough funds to go on with the process. Other organizations who offered to help takes a long time to process the paperworks. But, I guess it was really a blessing in disguise when we finally had the chance to get her checked, and the doctor announced that her lump was gone,” Oncines narrated.

She also shared her daughter’s willingness to place her own savings to the coin bank. Oncines saw the difference and the change her daughter went through as she takes part in the Jing Si Kiddie Class with the volunteers.

A volunteer since 2010, Rose Ang explained the importance of providing everyone an opportunity to help even if they are less fortunate or with whatever amount they can afford.

She also shared the significance of guiding the children to be their best selves through helping others.

“It is important to begin with these children because we believe that education must start with the young ones. Because what you teach them at their young age is what they will remember as adults,” said Ang.

  • Before the program, the children and their guardians register and confirm their attendance inside the Jing Si Hall. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Encouraged to join in with volunteers, recipients kneel down and put their hands together as they sing-along to the song and prayer. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • The children and their families give their coin banks to the volunteers. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Aside from rice, volunteers distributed biscuits to the children. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Brenda Oncines together with her daughter receive the goods. They could not contain their excitement upon collecting the gifts as they wanted to share them with their family members immediately. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Tzu Chi volunteers understood the significance of a sack of rice to a family. In providing the less fortunate with things that they could not afford makes them happy and thankful. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】