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Habitat for Humanity Malaysia
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*an article by MahWengKwai & Associates
Following its initiative in helping Habitat for Humanity Malaysia raise funds for the recent ‘20th Annual Charity Walk/Jog/Wheel A-Thon with the Disabled’ organized by the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and FT, MWKA participated in a 1 day home-painting project with Habitat for Humanity Malaysia as part of MWKA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Tanjong Sepat, Selangor where the project was done
Early on a Saturday morning, 12.4.2014, the MWKA team travelled all the way to the humble town of Tanjong Sepat, Selangor with high spirits to paint the new home of Encik Khamis and his family. Encik Khamis, who is a farmer cum fisherman, previously lived in a termite infested house with his wife and 2 children before Habitat for Humanity Malaysia came to their aid and built a brick house for them.
The MWKA team, which included a pregnant lady and a 3 year old girl, was happy to give back to society and support Habitat’s cause, a cause which helps to build not only someone’s home, but also their lives by restoring dignity and hope!
The MWKA team in action
More about Habitat for Humanity:
“Habitat for Humanity Malaysia envisions a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The ambitious United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the globally agreed drive to tackle poverty and deprivation in all its forms, include specific calls for “a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020”.
Habitat for Humanity International puts such goals into reality by transforming lives through the provision of safe, decent and affordable homes. A decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities, and increased community cohesion. The challenges of combating poverty housing are complex.”
* An article written by Volunteer : Yun Hwa Goh
We are privileged to be given the opportunity to serve those who only have the minimal in order to survive. There is a world out there struggling to even meet their basic needs of having a decent shelter to call home. And this is what Habitat is all about. In 2013, we have continued our work to provide shelter to the poor and we cannot have done it without the generous assistance of our numerous partners and donors who have not only provided financial funding, but many a time, offered a hand as well to our builds. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude and eternal thanks to all of you who have help made a warm and safe home a reality to many of the under privileged.
To all our lovely volunteers (Mont Kiara International School, Shell Sarawak, Korea Housing Guarantee Corporation, Boys’ Brigade, Newell Rubbermaid, Crown Worldwide, InQpharm, Deutsche Bank, INTI University, Star Publication – Do Good Volunteer, HELP University, our Global Village teams from Korea, Japan, and many others), whose toil and sweat made it possible to transform lives, thank you all and may the experience have enriched your lives in ways not imagined.
In West Malaysia, we have mainly focused on Sungai Lui area in Hulu Langat and Tanjung Sepat, working with local craftsmen to facilitate builds for the Orang Asli. Many of them live a simple existence, earning their wages as general workers or as farmers, collecting banana leaves. Home is usually a basic structure made from a mixture of bricks, bamboo, wood, tarpaulin, or zinc and serves as a shelter for not just their families, but also more often than not, their extended families as well. These are the lucky ones – some call a dilapidated shack home. We succeeded in transforming 20 families’ homes over the year.
Cargill Volunteer Build Day Deutsche Bank Weekend Build
P&G Volunteer Build Day Do Good Volunteer Weekend Build
Borneo Blitz 2014 – A first of its kind! NAIM Holdings Berhad (NAIM) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding pledging RM400k and manpower to help build 14 houses for the needy. Fortune must have been smiling on us as even the plot of land of which the houses are to be built on was obtained through a generous anonymous donor. A sincere “Thank You” to you all.
With the help of MKIS, KHGC, Riverside Majestic Hotel and Grand Margherita Hotel teams, Nancy Ahem of Kampung Dangak has a new brick house to call a home. A single mother with 3 growing children since the death of her husband in a tragic road accident, her 2 bedroom wooden house rotted away over the years as she could only afford to patch it up on her meager earnings. The family of four can now stay in comfort without having to worry if the previous wooden structure would collapse on them!
In fact, the wonderful Grand Margherita not only helped build Nancy’s new home, they ran the Gingerbread House Charity Event to collect donations for Habitat Kuching (again for the second year running!) AND they also took the opportunity to run a soup kitchen at Kampung Dangak over Christmas season. There were smiles all that day as the children of Kampong Dangak enjoyed the mouth-watering meal prepared in the true spirit of Christmas.
Global Village Team from America Cahya Mata Sarawak
American International School of Abu Dhabi Hong Kong International School
2013 proved to be a GV team year for Kota Kinabalu. Many thanks to the teams who came from Korea and Japan who braved the humidity and heat of Sabah to help us with the projects.
Global Village team from New Zealand Shanti Shanti team, Japan
Saint Paul Global Education, Korea Sinclair Knight Merz
Habitat is not only about providing shelter to the poor, but it is also about giving us all a chance to experience the beauty and essence of soul food. Do come and join us next year – this enriching experience is yours to take.
*An article written by National Program Manager : Susan Wong
On 26 March 2014, the Kampung Orang Asli Paya Lebar, a village located in the sub-district of Kuala Langat, Selangor along the quiet Sungai Lui, was visited by a socially responsible corporate team. That, in fact, was not the first visit by the P&G Malaysia who poured out resources – financial and labour – to build and restore dwellings of the village’s indigenous people community. Collaborating closely with Habitat for Humanity Malaysia (HFH Malaysia), the Project spanned over nine months. And finally, P&G Home Dedication was upon us!
The story began about a year ago when dialogue ensued between HFH Malaysia and P&G Malaysia on concerns for whole families who continued to exist in deplorable conditions. Concomitantly, an informal village needs assessment carried out revealed that housing needs ranks among the highest of compelling cases requiring early assistance. As population continues to increase, the 36 houses concentrated on 14 acres of land have become inadequate.
In true philanthropic spirit, P&G Malaysia soon became a willing partner of Habitat Malaysia, injecting USD20,000 into implementing Kampung Orang Asli Paya Lebar build project comprising one new build, three repairs and three rehabilitations. Activities started to take off the ground in mid-2013. Volunteers and beneficiary home partners alike, had enjoyed getting their hands dirty while systematically carrying out construction and restoration works.
On P&G Home Dedication Day, all hard work and commitment fuelled by tremendous generosity paid off when on every doorstep of either a new or upgraded home, families smiled widely and beamed in gratitude as they bashfully thanked HFH Malaysia and our valuable corporate sponsor who surprised families further with gift hampers of assorted P&G products.
*An article written by GV Students Leader : Jack Ciampi
A group of 24 students accompanied by three teachers journeyed 10,000 km to Tanjung Sepat last week to begin work on a new home for a family of three. This would be the first time in the village’s history that a group of volunteers would all be exclusively from a country other than Malaysia to build a house.
Coming into the project, expectations for the build were set high as all student volunteers were enthusiastic and motivated to provide a better standard of living for the Anuar Family. After arriving, the group was greeted by Joanne Sim, the Global Village Leader for the project, who would then provide assistance and direction.
Work began with the mixing of cement by hand for the house’s foundation. After, it was spread and smoothed, bricks were brought in for the walls, and mortar was mixed in order to lay the bricks on top of one another. As the group had split into two efficient teams, this process was moving faster than expected. One of the most proactive workers was the soon-to-be homeowner, Mr. Anuar, as he showed the volunteers how to complete various tasks with more precison and accuracy. He was also there to motivate and encourage, not by his words, but by his actions and the smile that was always present on his face.
On the last full day of work, the walls were built up to the point at which door and window frames could be set in place. This would conclude our progress on the building of the house for the week. After the final work for the day had been completed, a small closing ceremony was set up by the students for the family, the Global Village team, and the head of the Tanjung Sepat village, Tok Batin Jamil. It began with a speech by the Principal of Dhahran Academy, David Dorn, thanking the family and the Global Village team for their time and effort throughout the week. After that, Mr. Anuar gave an unexpected and emotional speech showing his appreciation for each volunteer by thanking them for their time and effort given to building his new house. Finally, gifts were exchanged as the students presented the family a hand-made blanket, and the family giving each volunteer an oragami basket made out of recyled airline boarding passes.This exchange of gifts signified the mutual appreation everyone felt and would stand as reminders of this remarkable experience.
The progress of the team over the four days of work exceeded any goals that could have been set. Through determination, focus, and a common goal of building a house for a family in need, the all student team was able to accomplish more than ever expected. The volunteers of Dhahran High School arrived in Malaysia with only their heart and time to give, but left with a sense of hope and inspiration that will be shared internationally for years to come.