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May 23rd
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In South Australia -- I Saw the Face of Happiness

In South Australia -- I Saw the Face of Happiness For most of us, our face consists of normal healthy features, whether we are considered pretty or ugly.  But for fourteen year old teenager, Mahathir, it is a distant dream.  He was born with a very severe cleft palate that extends to his eyes, mouth and nose.  Even his oral cavity and teeth are such affected that indescribable pains are common occurrence.  When he was five years old, he came to Australia for his first surgery.  Nine years later, his attending surgeon still remembered him.  He visited Mahathir during a working trip to Singapore, and urged him to come to Australia for his second treatment.  Mahathir’s mother is a single parent with daily income of MYR10 (A$3.50) from a roadside stall.  With two kids to support, she already struggles to make ends meet.  Luckily, with the help of Tzu Chi Malaysia, their travelling expenses were provided for.  During their stay, Tzu Chi Australia would continue the support.  Thus, a relay of love between the northern and southern hemisphere unfolded.
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Typhoon Morakot

Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan on August 8, 2009.  In its aftermath, Tzu Chi volunteers in 52 countries mobilised. Full story

Baby’s fight with cancer

On 3 July 2007, I made my usual bread delivery to the Egyptian Hassan family. I was ready to play with their four young children for about half an hour as I always do. But I sensed something was different as soon as Omar, the father of the family, let me into their house. Their three older girls, aged from 4 to 6, looked tired and were sitting quietly on the sofa in the living room. I haven’t seen... Full story
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