Birthday crowdfunding for charity

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I am a volunteer to refugee children at a Myanmar learning centre in Malaysia, where I teach English to students from ages 8 to 10. On 5 Sept, I started a crowdfunding initiative in conjunction with my big 40 birthday in November. In lieu of gifts/money/meal, I am aiming to raise USD 1500 for the learning centre. Click HERE to contribute.

The funds will be used for:

  • Children’s Day celebration (movie, food, transport, activities) – USD 500
  • Educational resources (books, board games, art supplies) – USD 300
  • Monthly contribution (outing/classroom activities) – USD 100 per month X 6 (Jan – June 2020)
  • Food/Snacks for students – USD 100

Thank you in advance. We can’t change the world but we can change lives – one at a time 🙂

Week 1

Be the change we wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi

Week 2

Make every experience count

Week 3

What is your idea of a perfect school?

This week I had the opportunity to teach my students at a refugee learning centre about school. During class, I introduced to them the word ‘canteen’, which they had no idea what it is given the state of a typical refugee learning centre – spartan and severely under-resourced. Which is why I often get my students to express their thoughts/feelings through art. And this is what a perfect school looks like to them.

Education is a human right, not a privilege. Join me in my birthday fundraising goal to make a wee bit of difference in the lives of the less privileged #birthdaygoal

Week 4

Life is all about perspective

The best thing about taking photo using a drone is that it creates something new and fresh from a different perspective. To quote Oprah Winfrey “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough”. And the right perspective makes the impossible possible.

This week I received one of the biggest contributions to date – that will go towards creating memories and experiences for refugee children who are otherwise denied normal childhood. Like having a picnic in the park. Or going for a swim.

Thank you for your gifts and keep ’em coming! #birthdaygoal

Week 5

Fundraising update as of 4 Oct 2019

It’s been a month since I embarked on a birthday fundraising campaign and thanks to your generosity, I have raised 33% in monetary contribution as of 4 Oct 2019. Earlier, I received confirmation from another food sponsor and that warms my heart. Because the world needs more kindness and compassion. Less judgement and prejudice. More doers and less talkers. Get onboard and join me in my mission to lend a voice to the underprivileged – a voice to be heard and recognised #birthdaygoal

Week 6

Raised USD 560 as of 12 Oct 2019

Week 7

Learning fun with jigsaw puzzle

Week 8

Home-baked chocolate cake for Diwali

To many, refugees are invisible – most prejudices are born out of ignorance. This week, I had the opportunity to share with my students the meaning behind Diwali. And boy did they have fun learning about rangoli! While enjoying some lovely cakes 🙂

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