(Part 01/02) “When the earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, the Government was blocking a lot of resources from going down to the locals and they were lacking basic necessities such as water and food…”

(Part 01/02) “I joined a few charity organisations and hoped to help out as much as I can, but I came to find out the severe lack of transparency and abuse of funds.

Hence, I decided to go on my own and make sure my contributions reach out to the people I care for. 

I packed up my belongings and went to Nepal, helping out as much as I can to get the locals back on their feet while trying to understand the real issues faced by the community and how I can help efficiently. 

After three months in Nepal, I came back to Malaysia and started a crowdfunding exercise to raise funds and buy mosquito nets for 300 families.

It was going to be summer and mosquitoes breed during that time. A mosquito net is something a lot of families cannot afford, considering that many have lost their homes and family members. 

Thanks to my network of friends, I was able to achieve beyond my target and raise funds to afford mosquito nets for 889 families. 

That’s when I realized, even as an individual, one can make so much of difference if he or she has the determination and right strategy.

I will never forget their faces when we were distributing the mosquito nets to each of these families. 

They have so much generosity and love even though they do not possess many things. Some of them live in very poor conditions yet they show much gratitude for everything they own. 

That is something you can hardly find in the city, including the place I grew up in, Kuala Lumpur.” – June Moh






当我们向每个家庭分发蚊帐时,我永远不会忘记他们那一张开心和感恩的脸孔。当地人拥有的不是很多,可是他们的心载着的慷慨和爱比我们多。其中一些人的状况其实真的很恶劣,但他们对自己所拥有的一切都充满这感激的态度来生活。这是你在城市很难找到的东西,尤其是吉隆坡,我长大的地方。” – 莫淑华

The above interview was conducted in Mandarin.

Story and photo by Ooi Chia Shen

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(This post was first published on March 20th 2018)

(Part 02/02) “While volunteering in Nepal, I feel that the locals do not realise they need to improve their country’s economic development to have a better quality of life…”

(Part 02/02) “They merely think of working odd job overseas to make ends meet.

I am working with a project partner in Nepal to come up with an avenue for them to market their products.

I want to help the local women to learn and expand the local businesses so that they can have a sustainable income source.

Nepal’s economy is mainly supported by women because men have moved to work in other countries including ours (Malaysia). Most women are involved in the agriculture sector but due to the lack of access to quality education, they don’t have the skills to increase their income.

My project partner teaches them how to make handcraft products while I work on developing a business plan to market their end-products to other countries, thanks to the wonders of the Internet. At the same time, I help them raise funds for any special projects or requests which can boost their income.

I believe this is the right way to help them instead of feeding them with funds or resources. It is to educate them about the importance of entrepreneurship and development. I hope they will understand that this is one of the ways to lead better lives.” – June Moh









The photo below shows June in Nepal while volunteering with the locals.

The above interview was conducted in Mandarin.

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Story by Ooi Chia Shen
Photo by June Moh

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(This post was first published on March 22nd 2018)

“I’d just finished my A-levels and I really wanted to volunteer somewhere, thinking that I could maybe get some experience before starting university…”

“I googled and found out about the IDEAS Academy, their work with refugees, who they were and what were their stories. So, I applied for their internship but it was full. Instead, I asked if I could volunteer. They agreed and I started immediately at the IDEAS Academy. The school was a shop lot, a really nice place, nicer than a government school. I was surprised by how it looked and felt like this place must not have a problem with funding. So I asked, and they told me it is fully funded on donation! They also told me they needed to shut down the school if they had no funds! 

I mean, how can you shut down a school for children where nobody wants?! 

Then I asked if I could start a crowdfunding page so I did that on my second day at work. I forwarded on WhatsApp messaged to my family and friends and I was so amazed at how people were willing to donate. My neighbours knew me but their friends didn’t and random people were helping! My target was RM8,000 but today I am at RM10,000. 

I wish more people knew about the status of refugees. If we give them an education, they can at least go out and do something in the future. “

– Humans of Kuala Lumpur

If you wish to know more about Jasmine’s cause, do check out http://www.ideasacademy.org.my/

Photo and story by Mushamir Mustafa and Yu Ping May — with Jasmin Aizul.

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(This post was first published on October 16th 2017)

(Part 1/2) ‘I used to work for The Edge for almost three years as a full-time journalist’

(Part 1/2) ‘I’ve gotten two journalism awards – and it’s my first ever job, but I never had a sense of self-fulfillment, a sense that I knew that I am doing the right thing.

‘That was in September last year 2015 and I really felt like I was going through some quarter-life crisis. So, cliche, I know… and I turned 25 this year so I thought, oh my God it’s coming a bit early!

‘So I quit my job with no backup plan, nothing to fall back on, no savings, nothing! I just quit and decided to do stuff for charity.

‘My mom has been doing charity for 10-15 years and I decided to volunteer for it full-time, and despite them wanting to pay me, I turned it down.

‘I only considered a token sum, which is fine, because I really wanted to do something that’s bigger than myself. 

‘When I started doing charity – it’s just about the community that I am impacting. I work with single mothers who need jobs and a team who have come from very different backgrounds. The secondhand goods sold for its profits go toward our causes which you can take a look at www.kedaibless.com, and the charity sells secondhand goods.

‘The warehouse I work at is massive, dirty, dusty, and has so many items that needs to be sifted through, as well as needs cleaning.

‘It takes a lot of humility to clean the warehouse too, especially with just a fan and in our hot weather. We have to wear face masks because of the dust.’

‘And because I’m a little bit more tech savvy, I’ve assisted BLESS make an online presence through the webshop, as well as market the brand and upload the content. 

‘It’s been six months here, I am feeling good, I know I can do even better, but above all I just want to know that I am making an impact.’

‘When I joined BLESS, it’s really a blessing, I have blessed others and at the same time I am being blessed’.

– Humans of Kuala Lumpur — with Sarah Voon

Photostory by Mushamir Mustafa

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(This post was first published on June 6th 2016)