Student beneficiaries of Tzu Chi 325th Dental Mission listen attentively as a Tzu Chi Bohol volunteer introduces to them the missions of the Buddhist group in the island province.
The activity was carried out on December 9 and 10 at Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (DCPNHS) in Tagbilaran City. The two-day activity saw TIMA and local dentists offering free dental services such as tooth restoration, cleaning, and extraction to 756 students of DCPNHS.
While this was ongoing, Tzu Chi organized a short program to introduce to the beneficiaries the various missions of the Buddhist group. The students were very eager to listen to the life story of Tzu Chi’s founder, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, including her inspiration to start Tzu Chi. Jay Marie Asoy, 17 years old from Tagbilaran City, has been suffering from toothache for months. His father works as a tricycle driver, while her mother is a housewife. Upon knowing that Tzu Chi Foundation will be sponsoring a dental mission, she immediately grabbed the opportunity.
“Upon knowing that Tzu Chi is sponsoring a dental mission, I had no second thoughts seizing the opportunity. During the sharing program, I was even more impressed with how Tzu Chi volunteers carried out their missions. I was inspired to do good deeds,” she says.
Grade-12 student Jhered Regunda has also been suffering from toothache for some time. Coming from a broken family, Jhered doesn’t have the means to have a dentist remove her aching tooth. Now, she is very thankful that she got to know Tzu Chi.
“I am inspired with the compassion that Tzu Chi Foundation has shown to people who needs help. Now that I know about Tzu Chi, I want to spread the good news to my friends,” she said happily.
The different missions of Tzu Chi Foundation carried out in Bohol were also shown to the participants. These activities include shoes distribution, rice distribution, orphanage visits, medical missions, and treating patients with special cases.
“I am so lucky that I have the chance to be in Tzu Chi Foundation’s first ever Dental Mission here in Bohol. After attending the sharing activity, I feel like I want to start doing volunteerism and other humanitarian works to show love and compassion to others,” said Kim Logico, 18 years old from Tagbilaran City.
After the sharing program, pamphlets of Jing Si aphorisms were distributed to the participants. They also adopted Tzu Chi Foundation’s coin cans, willing to drop any amount each day for Tzu Chi’s charity missions in Bohol.
During the dental mission, volunteer staff help in facilitating the registration of patients. Hundreds of patients, mostly students, flocked to the school to seek dental care. 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】
A group of friends show interest during the program. They are impressed and amazed at the service Tzu Chi offers to people in need of help. 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】
A Tzu Chi volunteer wears her best smile as she states one of Master Cheng Yen’s teachings. She reiterates that “the most beautiful make up is your smile.” 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】
From right to left, seated: Kim, Jhered, and Jay Marie receive a Jing Si Aphorisms booklet by Dharma Master Cheng Yen. The booklet is a collection of one-liner lessons on life. 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】
A TIMA dentist performs dental extraction to Jhered Regunda, 18 years old. Jhered is grateful of receiving such services for free. 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】
Kim Logico, 18 years old, undergoes free extraction from a TIMA dentist. A graduating student, he sets aside his dental health just to save money for her project and school fees. 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】
Jay Marie Asoy is in the running for honors this year, so she doesn’t want her aching tooth to ruin her chance. With dedication, a TIMA dentist extracts her tooth. 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】
Apart from the dental treatment, Jhered receives free medicine. A Tzu Chi volunteer instructs him on its proper intake. 【Photo by Juvy Ann Radaza】