Friday, August 26, 2011

Rice Of Love

On August 21, 2011, volunteers from Tzu Chi Foundation, Taiwan, held a rice sharing event in Tambora , Jakarta Barat, the capital city of Indonesia.

In her letter dedicated to Indonesians, Master Cheng Yen, the founder of Tzu Chi said that sharing of rice will end at one point ( when all rice have been distributed ) but the blessings and love in them shall remain forever.

The Governor of DKI Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo thanked Tzu Chi for it's noble act of sharing the "rice of love" with people of Jakarta. Fauzi had participated in events organized by Tzu Chi Indonesia in the past.
Distribution of rice started at 8am. The scorching morning sun did not dampen the spirits of the 178 volunteers on duty that morning but instead they continued to distribute a total of 3027 bags of rice and cooking oil with smiles on their faces. Recipients were given coupons to be exchanged with rice prior to that, on August 14, 2011. Besides rice and cooking oil, volunteers also handed essential items to families nearby whose 9 houses were burnt down on August 13, 2011.

One of the recipients was a 83 years old woman, Liem Lit Nio who lives in a house repaired by Tzu Chi in 2003 with 36 of her family members. Back then while going round surveying the area, Tzu Chi volunteers discovered the dilapidated house of Liem and found that it was not in a good state and decided to help her repair her house. Madam Liem thanked Tzu Chi continously for not only rebuilt her house but also shared the "rice of love" with her family.

In the spirit of sharing, in return Madam Liem gave away her fully filled money saving container made from bamboo to Tzu Chi. She said that even though the amount was not big but she shared it with the others a big heart referring to the quote by Master Cheng Yen that " sharing with the others allows us to feel blessed and satisfy with what we already have "

Madam Liem's making her own contribution