Coming up, Tzu Chi volunteers in the United States hold a winter aid distribution at an elementary school in Chicago.
Celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year with Tzu Chi, the chief minister of Malacca also joined in Tzu Chi’s year-end event.
Welcome to Da Ai Headlines. I’m Mary Lee-Shioda. Thank you for joining us. We begin today’s program in China, where Tzu Chi volunteers from three regions visited Liaoning’s Qingyuan County to hold a large scale aid distribution for the local poor residents.
Also in China, we see how the Tzu Chi volunteers have held a winter aid distribution in Hebei’s Tangshan City.
Moving to the United States, the Tzu Chi Chicago Chapter went to the James Ward School with winter aid items for poor students. This act of love was also a good teaching moment for teachers at the school.
On January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude hit the capital of Haiti. In the past 7 years, the pace of reconstruction has been slow, with man-made disasters and political instability contributing to it’s economic downfall. These factors have forced the country to the verge of collapse.
Tzu Chi volunteers in Malacca, Malaysia, recently hosted a yearly event to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year. The chief minister of Malacca also came on site to celebrate the festive holiday and seized the chance to promote vegetarianism.
At the same Lunar New Year event hosted by Tzu Chi volunteers in Malacca, 466 volunteers were mobilized to serve the care recipients. Among the volunteers, some were former care recipients who participated as a volunteer to reciprocate the love they have received.
Next, we meet Jiang Yongxu, who was paralyzed from the chest down since the age of 20, and subsequently, he has laid in bed at home for twelve years. Intervention by volunteers convinced him to go to Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital to undertake rehabilitation. Now he uses the internet to sell goods and care for himself. And, another individual is Dai Chunxiang, who suffered a childhood car accident which left her right foot injured, and without proper medical treatment it led her to walk with difficulty which also affected her other foot. After 30 years, she finally received treatment at Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital and with necessary rehabilitation, she has made a lot of progress.
In our next report on keeping healthy as we age, we will look at a heart problem that many people suffer from, known as aortic stenosis, which results from a calcification of the aortic valve.
In our next piece on aortic stenosis and heart valve replacement, we will learn about the two surgical methods that doctors use in order to implant new heart valves in patients that suffer from calcification of their heart valves.
Ethical Eating Day is not something only Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan are promoting, as those in Europe, the United States as well as Mozambique are all promoting the event. At the end of the program, we here at Da Ai TV encourage you, our audience members, to join us in eating vegetarian on January 11th. We hope you participate to help Planet Earth, we thank you in advance for your support and we’ll see you next time.