Parents, teachers, donors and Tzu Chi volunteers attended the 12th batch of graduates under the Tzu Chi Livelihood Training Program during its culminating activity last June 8, 2016 at Still Thoughts Hall in Quezon City.
Inspirational messages were given by Tzu Chi volunteer and Social Service Department head Mr. Jimmy Chua, Businessman and staunch supporter of Tzu Chi's missions Mr. Benson Lao and Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Mr. Alfredo Li. They imparted words of wisdom on Tzu Chi’s values and gave positive encouragement to all the graduates and everyone in this joyful event.
The forty (40) women-trainees completed the courses on garments sewing and computer encoding. Among them is the 1st batch of 25 women-trainees sponsored by Lao Foundation, Inc. These women come from varied personal backgrounds: single, married, single parents, and from varied educational level: high school graduate, out of school youth, college dropouts. They are looking forward to employment with local companies. Tzu Chi Foundation forms their student-trainees not just to have the livelihood skills but also on proper humanistic values.
The graduates presented various songs, performed a garment skill show, and had a drama presentation. They sang “A Beauty and Happy Resolution” and “Today of Each Year”. Aside from showing skills learned during the training, they demonstrated two important values: loving/respect to parents, and doing good deed to others.
The crowd was deeply moved when the scholars performed the dramatization of “Anak” composed by Freddie Aguilar. It was sang by one of the trainee and followed by “May Bukas Pa” dramatization on how Tzu Chi became a hope in fulfilling their dreams.
Ms. Heraclia, a graduating trainee shared her testimony. She was referred to the Tzu Chi Livelihood Training Program by her amo where she worked as a kasambahay. One of the very important things she learned in Tzu Chi is to love her parents and value them. She is very grateful that her relationship with her parents was restored.
Afterwards, the certificates were given to graduates and medals to the winners of Cursive and Print Script writing.