(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

“在2015年尼泊尔地震,虽然很多组织和国家都有捐款,不过政府却阻止了大量资源流入当地人,导致许多人民因缺乏水和食物等必需品而饱受折磨。

我尝试加入了一些慈善组织,希望尽可能帮到的忙会更多。然而,所以,我决定必须要靠自己去做,才能确保我的贡献能够直接达到真正需要的人。

那时,我收拾好自己的随身物品,很快的我就已经飞过去,并在那里呆了三个月。那时,我只是专心的尽我所能帮助当地人重新站起来,同时试图深入探讨当地所面临真正的问题。

我在尼泊尔三个月后回到马来西亚,并开始筹集资金,打算为300个家庭筹集资金和购买蚊帐,因为尼泊尔的夏季已经来临了,这时候也是最多蚊子的时候。那一次地震造成的损失导致许多人失去家园和家庭成员,而蚊帐更是很多家庭无法承担的奢侈品。

多得我的朋友和网络的帮忙,我超越了目标,并成功筹集资金为889户家庭提供蚊帐。那时我知道,即使只有一个人的力量,如果有决心和正确的策略,还是可以带来很大的改变的。

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

“在尼泊尔志愿服务这段期间,我发现当地人没有意识到他们需要改善他们自己国家的进展,而是一味地到国外做劳力工,只为了养活自己。

我现在正与我在尼泊尔的项目合作伙伴合作,已经开始了通过开发销售她们的手艺产品的平台,来帮助更多的当地女性。

我想帮助当地妇女学习和拓展当地的企业,希望可以帮助他们开发更多的收入来源。

目前,尼泊尔的经济主要是由女性支撑着,因为许多当地的男性都已经到其他国家工作,其中包括马来西亚。

所以,大多数这里的妇女都是在农业耕耘,不过却缺乏了教育和可以提高收入的技能。

我的合作伙伴会教他们如何制作手工产品,同时,我就帮忙他们制定商业计划,通过互联网的奇迹向其他国家推销这些产品。同时,我也是会帮助他们在任何类型的项目或特殊需求筹集资金。

我相信真正要帮助他们不是仅仅靠资金或资源,而是为他们提供可以自力更生和学会做小型生意的正确方法。

我想教育他们关于小企业和发展的重要性,希望他们可以意识到这是真正可以改善他们的生活条件的其中一个方法。”

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

The above interview was conducted in Mandarin.

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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

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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)