Thursday, December 22, 2011

Face Painting for Birthday and Aqikah @ Ina Alim's

Konnichiwa こんにちは!!!

How are you? Have you been working too hard this year? Since Xmas and New Year hols are near, it looks like a good time now to start letting your hair down, sit back and relax with your loved ones.

Before I proceed with this post, let me first introduce you to Ina Alim. She's a good friend of mine from my Alma mater, Sekolah Tun Fatimah - a wonderful all-girls boarding school down south. We used to be playing in the school band together; she loved blowing the trombone, while I loved tooting the trumpet. We were also in the same class during our final year. Since our school days till today, Ina Lim is always the people person who knows how to gel us together and who loves to organize gatherings, trips and projects.That's why she is well known and well loved by her peers, juniors and the seniors alike, including myself ;)

Now, this is Ina Lim's niece who is the celebrated birthday girl:
Happy birthday, love!
Ina Alim (far left - the lovely tiger lady in maroon) with her sisters and niece. Ina Alim safely returned from her hajj journey recently. Welcome home, Hajjah! Let's catch up soon :)

 Peace y'all!

All the photos in this post are courtesy of Ina Alim. These great shots are captured by her brother in law - thanks so much for sharing!

Thanks to you too for reading this till the end. I wish that 2011 is a fruitful year for you. May you start enjoying the reap of whatever good things that you sow earlier ;) Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating & a very happy new year to all. Cheers!

".......You'd know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised in a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days...."
-Someone Like You, Adele-

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Let's Help KAFA Integrasi Al-Insaniah - Sponsor A Child Today :)

Dear friends,

Let's help KAFA Integrasi Al-Insaniah, a partially independent school that is so full of inspiration and love yet is so scarce of means and resources. We had a chance to visit the school two months back. At a glance, it looks like just another ordinary school. But if you look closer at the surroundings, you'll then understand why it needs such help.

KAFA Integrasi Al-Insaniah is located at Lembah Subang, next to clusters of Program Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPR) flats. The PPRT flats are meant to help the less fortunate families who were previously living in the squatters. The headmistress told us the families will need to pay a nominal fee of RM124/month for their flats. Many still can't even afford to pay the fee, let alone their children's education as they are still struggling with basic needs such as food, medication and clothing.
Photo is taken from here. Click to read more about one of the PPRT Lembah Subang residents' predicament.
We were also told that 75 of the pupils are greatly in need of food. They most likely have one square meal for the rest of the day from the Rancangan Makanan Tambahan (RMT) or Free Food Program from the canteen. The RMT is sponsored by good Samaritans, but it is seasonal in nature. Do think of them on this rainy seasons, how are they faring in coldness and hunger? :(

Each pupil under RMT will need a budget of RM1.50 per day. So to sustain feeding 75 pupils a month, the school will need about RM113/day or RM3,375/month. Apart from RMT funding, tuition fees and teaching aids are the hardest to come by. Because of poverty, the school is often the target of robbery and theft. PC and laptop were stolen, even a metal bar to secure the cabinet was stolen and sold to buy food.
Let's extend a helping hand. The hand that gives is above the hands that takes :)
It's a great feeling in the heart to know that there's a circle of caring individuals forming a community to help this school and the PPRT community. They ran a carnival to raise fund last October. Check them out here at Help KAFA Integrasi Al-Insaniah. But there's a lot more to be done and your help no matter how big or small is really needed. Recently, a sponsorship program is launched. You can sponsor a child's education at the school for RM300/year. You can share the RM300 with your friends if you like. Read about how to make sponsorship here.  

You can also make donations as and when you like at any rate to:
Bank Islam SAR AL-INSANIAH 12047010031372

Or you can contact / visit the school to give away used PCs / laptops or projectors that may be laying useless in your office or home to:
KAFA Integrasi Al-Insaniah,
Jalan PJU 1A/42, Taman Putra Damai,
Lembah Subang, 47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
The Headmistress: Ustazah Siti Hawa Sharif - 013-9180191

For more understanding about this school and its surrounding, have some good reading from these caring sites:
I really hope you can help out in every little way or another. Let's help and pray the poor in this country can break away from their viscous poverty circle; let's help and pray that every child gets the education that they deserve. Thank you for reading this till the end my friend. God bless you!

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is every wasted." - Aesop