Hands of Hope recently organised the second installment of “Hands of Hope Charity Night” to raise funds to support the education of refugee children from Chin Student Organisation (CSO) Refugee Learning Centre.
After raising over RM 10,000 in donations from its inaugural event last ear, Hands of Hpe returns with the same vision of sowing seeds of change through education to under-served communities.
This year, the event aimed to raise funds to support the education of students from CSO to ease their financial burden and allow them to continue schooling throughout 2016. Through the generosity of its donors, the event managed to raise RM 11,000 this year.
As an appreciation to its kind donors, the event held at LeMoon’s Eatery.Bakery.Zakka featured performances from students of CSO and Indie-Pop band Froya. The event also held a mini art auction featuring artwork by Felicia See and Mok Chun Wai, inspired by life stories of refugees.
Hands of Hope was established in 2010 with the aim to provide quality education to under-served communities while instilling volunteerism among university students. However, volunteers of Hands of Hope observed that an increasing number of students were dropping out before completing their primary education due to financial struggles.
“Among these children, there are so many bright ones with so much potential. Yet, these children are limited due to their status which they did not get to choose. With the lack of access to free education, many children struggle to stay in school and are stuck to choose between pursuing an education and working to feed their families,” said Suzanne Ling, Co-founder of Hands of Hope.
Themed “Ignite My Life”, the event highlighted the importance of developing a sustainable method of providing aid to these students. Donors were given the chance to donate RM600 to support a child for a full year inclusive of school fees, uniforms, shoes, textbooks, classroom supplies and educational activities or RM50 for a ticket to the event.
Co-founder of Hands of Hope, Suzanne Ling, sharing the mission and vision, as well as the future direction of Hands of Hope in 2016.
“To many of us, education is a basic right that we often take for granted. But what we do not realize is, receiving an education is not just a basic right, it is a privilege that many children dream and long to have,” said Lee Swee Lin, organising chairperson of Hands of Hope Charity Night 2015.
“Hands of Hope saw the struggles of these children, and we are not going to be silent about it. Every child is a child despite nationality, religion, financial capability and status – and every child deserves an education,” added Lee.
With the funds raised, five refugee students have been selected to receive financial support to study at IDEAS Academy while another five students with financial difficulties will be supported to study at CSO in 2016. The selected students will commit themselves to contribute back to their own community by providing extra lessons for students who are weaker in class and night classes for dropouts who need to work upon receiving this financial support.