On the 5th May, PeopleGiving by Manulife will be partnering up with Pertubuhan Komuniti Kasih Selangor (PKKS) to help build our 10th Library of Hope in Kg. Bertang – Bentong, Pahang. The village consists of 350 villagers, 170 of which are children ranging from the ages of 0-17 years old. Currently they have Local OA teachers who help conduct classes on a daily basis and they also have volunteer teachers provided by our partner who travel into the village on weekends. The classes held in the library are not only attended by children but also by their parents who also benefit from the lessons as well. This year again, PeopleGiving aims to replicate last year’s initiative of building an outdoor playground for the younger children to enjoy – this will help stimulate growth and build their motor skills.
Library of HOPE is an annual project created and organized by PeopleGiving Association to provide those in need with education and literacy, which is KEY to breaking the poverty cycle in Malaysia. We strive to provide underprivileged OA children with a safe, comfortable space for them to utilize for learning and having fun. This year PeopleGiving will be partnering with a local partner Pertubuhan Komuniti Kasih Selangor – they are experienced in working with orang asli villages and have been helping to provide them with the right tools for education and empowerment.
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Despite Malaysia’s success, it is estimated that 125,000 Rural Malaysian children are still out of school and do not have access to primary education and the dropout rate is 16.7 per cent for rural schools compared to 10.1 per cent for urban schools.This is why Library of Hope aims to to provide a comfortable and collaborative space for the children to come to after school. This is so that they can cultivate a habit of reading and revising their studies to prepare for school examinations in the comfort of their own village.Each Library will be equipped with donated items like educational books, toys, shelves, benches and tables.With this, children are able to use them as revision tools as well as to keep up with their studies if/when they are required to be away from school for an extended period of time.The additional fund of RM 5,000 raised from this campaign will also be used to purchase the following items for the children in the village:
1. White board2. School bags3. Stationary eg. Drawing pads, color pencils, pencil boxes4. Storage containers5. Additional educational books, toys and CDs6. Soft Play Mat7. TV set and DVD playerWhen : 5th May 2018Where : Kg. Bertang – Bentong, Pahang
"Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open" - Laura BushWe believe that every child – no matter where they come from, deserves the opportunity to learn and grow. With a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them, the dreams of a little child can be made into reality. This is what the children in the rural Orang Asli Village aspire for. To these kids who live in poverty, even the smallest of gift means the world. In hopes that the library will inspire them with the blessings of education and literacy and be the KEY to breaking the poverty cycle that they live in.Remember, every little bit counts!