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Long Term Aid Beneficiaries Learn Fire Prevention

March 24, 2019 | Katrina Mina

Public Safety head of TXTFIRE Philippines Jones Lim gave a talk on fire prevention to the long-term beneficiaries of Tzu Chi Foundation. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

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  • Long term beneficiaries learn some fire preventive measures during the monthly Charity Day last March 24, 2019 held at Jing Si Hall.


In observance of the fire prevention month, long term beneficiaries of Tzu Chi Foundation learned about fire safety and preventive measures during the monthly Charity Day last March 24, 2019.

TXTFIRE Philippines Public Safety Head Jones Lim said that knowing how to prevent fire is much more important than avoiding accidents.

Lim said it is sad to see people fallen victim to a fire, which is why they campaign for fire prevention. Knowing what to do in case of a fire is so vital. “It’s what I always say, the emergency phone number because the firefighters cannot respond if no one called.”

According to Tzu Chi volunteer Jimmy Chua, aside from observing the fire prevention month, the increased number of fire incidents urged them to invite Lim to educate the beneficiaries.

“The information is very useful for our long term beneficiaries so that they will be know how to react to this kind of disaster.” said Chua.

A lot of beneficiaries shared inspirational talks on Charity Day. Trisha Tolop, 16, from Bohol came to express her gratitude to the foundation for her recent operation in Taiwan for her severe scoliosis.

Trisha has shown signs of scoliosis since she was in fourth grade. As time progressed, her condition got worse, tilting her body in an angle of 140 degrees that threatens her health. “I am easily tired when I have long walk since my walking is misaligned.” Trisha said.

In 2016, Trisha and her mother Gregoria with the help of her school teacher reached out to the foundation for help. Then finally went to Taiwan on November 15, 2018 to undergo series of operation that would help her condition.

Trisha underwent three operations within their first month in Taiwan and have therapy to help her recover. The incoming Grade 10 student said that she was afraid of the operation, but she felt happiness in going through the whole process which she couldn’t explain.

Gregoria, a mother of six, said that she’s grateful for all the people that helped her youngest. “I saw many people who helped Trisha and we were so happy because she was done with the operations.” said Gregoria.

Right now, Trisha’s height has increased but she still needs to undergo therapy to help her in her daily life. Even though she needs a walking stick, but she can walk freely. Volunteer Jimmy Chua said that since Trisha’s operation was very successful, she could finally help her family and the society someday.

Michael Mahusay, a 25 years-old who has a tumor on his face since 2016 will be going to Taiwan for his operation in May.

Despite his health condition, Michael remains hardworking and optimistic in his fight for a better life. “It won’t do if you don’t fight, or if you just cry. You really have to fight. It’s a challenge (and) you just have to fight it. As long as God is there, that is what’s important.” he said.

Jimmy Chua said that Michael’s case still has a long way to go, but the foundation is hopeful that the doctors in Taiwan and the many prayers from his family and friends would be able to help Michael in his journey.

The monthly Charity Day has free consultations and free reading glasses for the beneficiaries and Jing-Si Time for kids for their children to learn good manners and value formation. After the event, the long term aid beneficiaries received their assistance as well as grocery items.

  • Trisha Tolop (leftmost) expressed her gratitude to the foundation for her operation on her scoliosis. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Trisha and Michael (rightmost) along with other guests sing a song about overcoming difficulties. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Michael Mahusay 25, suffers from a tumor on his face. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Tzu Chi volunteers teach the children about kindness and generosity through donating. Children of the beneficiaries were engaged in Jing Si Time for kids. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Before the event started, some of the beneficiaries brought PET bottles to the foundation for recycling. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Volunteers in the Jing Si Time for Kids Class engage the children with questions and answers. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • After the event, the beneficiaries received their monthly assistance and grocery items. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】