Ambi, 10

 

I love football. My dream is to be a football player one day. I’m a good player in my home too. My football coach always has praises for me in the way I play the game. My favourite football player is Pepe from Portugal’s National Team. I want to follow in his footstep to be a great football player once I grow up.

Puven Raj, 14

My dream job is to be a cartoonist. I love cartoons since I was a baby and often wondered about the kind of imagination a cartoonist has. As I became older, my interest in drawing increased. I love art and now am taking several art classes in Agathians. I want to explore deeper into cartoons to be a creative and successful cartoonist once I grow up.

Kavinash, 11

 

My dream is to be a mechanical engineer. I love machines and technology. I do some simple repair jobs at home in my free time. In fact, my love towards machineries grew deeper as I always watch Discovery Science: National Geography programme on television. Of course, I want to be a good example to my other brothers in my home to help them be successful in their lives too.

Leenesh, 16

I love the ambience of luxurious hotels in Malaysia. I witnessed our latest fundraising event in one of the prestigious hotels in Klang Valley which inspired me more. Since then, I wanted to be a 5-star hotel manager. My dream got stronger and I want to own a hotel before I celebrate my 50th birthday. I know that I can!

Buddha, 16

My dream is to become a teacher. I strongly believe that knowledge and wisdom are the most expensive assets anyone can possess. As a teacher, I would be one of the “world’s richest men” by spreading knowledge to my future fellow students. Over the years, I learnt that it is not easy to be a successful teacher. I will be one in the near future.

The Agathians Shelter

The Agathians Shelter was founded by the late Siva Balan in 2003 in an attempt to rescue 8 boys from an illegal orphanage closed down. Now, the shelter is a sanctuary for 30 boys. They are either orphans, abandoned or from broken families and are between the ages of 4 and 18 years old. Agathians Shelter is a legally registered welfare home under Pertubuhan Kebajikan Agathians Malaysia and it’s a tax exempted organisation. In the shelter ran by volunteers, the children get the essentials basic needs such as a place to live, food and education. Their educational needs are also met even though they have missed some years of schooling. In addition, the children have talents and are interested in curriculum activities such as music, arts, dance, sports and information technologies. The boys are being equipped with skills and hobbies as to develop a positive mind-set in their life. The skill set is important for them to discover their talents and help them reach their highest potential. The shelter also organizes activities to showcase the shelter, update sponsors on the development of the boys as well as to recruit new sponsors. During these activities, the boys will entertain the audience with their talented performances, and most importantly, have a good time themselves.

For enquiries, please contact us at 03-7954 1680 or admin@agathians.org

Find them at No. 22, Jalan Kelah 8/6, , Seksyen 8,Petaling Jaya, , 46050, Selangor, Malaysia

Love And Care In Animal Welfare

PAWS (PAWS Animal Welfare Society) is a non-profit animal shelter in Petaling Jaya that opened in 1987. PAWS receive the surrender of unwanted dogs and cats which they proceed to vaccinate, deworm, neuter/spay, and put up for adoption. Currently, there are over 250 dogs and 250 cats under the care of the shelter. The shelter and all costs involved in running it are entirely funded by the generous donations of the public as well as proceeds from charitable events. The PAWS team consists of three office staff, a number of part-time veterinarians, one vet assistant and seven kennel workers. PAWS is a registered Society under the Registry of Societies of Malaysia that is led by an elected committee.

Adoption

1. Visit the centre anytime during operational hours to have a look at the animals that are ready for adoption.

2. After you have selected the animal you wish to adopt, seek assistance from any of our shelter staff who will interview you to determine if you are a suitable adopter.

3. Please be aware that the minimum donation for adopting an animal can be found here http://www.paws.org.my/adopt/

Donation

If you are too busy to drop by the shelter in person, you can also make a donation through the following channels available here http://www.paws.org.my/donate/ . Do scan the bank in receipt to pawshelter@gmail.com for the official receipt.

Volunteering

When volunteering at PAWS, you can choose to spend time with any animal that you want and do the work that you enjoy. Whether you stay only for an hour or a whole day, it is still a big help to PAWS and a real joy to the animals. If you do not have any specific activities you would like to carry out at the shelter, you will be assigned to the activities which may include cleaning the shelter area and spending time with the animals.

PAWS welcome volunteers at any time during our opening hours, which are:-

Monday – Sunday (except Wednesdays and Public Holidays): 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

SPCA

SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Selangor, founded in 1958, is an animal welfare organization based in Ampang Jaya, Selangor. The aim of SPCA is to protect vulnerable animals and to lighten their suffering through adoption programs, investigation of cruelty reports, humane education, assistance to community animal caregivers and running a dedicated, low-cost spay/ neuter clinic. SPCA is a well-respected and trusted non- profit organisation and has gained tremendous recognition from animals lovers all over the country for decades.

Adoption

SPCA is open from 10am to 4pm, every day except Monday. Do drop by the centre choose from a variety of animals of different shapes, sizes, breeds, colors, and characters. These animals will be delighted to have a new home for the rest of their lives.

Donation

SPCA depends on the generosity and goodwill of the public and sponsors to sustain their services, and they welcome all donations, big or small. Go to http://www.spca.org.my/get-involved/donate/ to find out how you can contribute.

Volunteering

Volunteers are required to go through the Pet Care Programme (PCP) to learn the right way to handle the animals. The PCP is a hands-on educational session that teaches volunteers about responsible pet care. Volunteer duties at the centre include cleaning, preparing and serving meals, housekeeping and more. Volunteers can also get involved in SPCA’s events. If interested in being part of the event volunteer database, drop an email to volunteer@spca.org.my with the subject title ‘SPCA Event Volunteer’. Tailor-made internship programs are also available! For more information on volunteering, call 03-4256 5312 or log on to http://www.spca.org.my/get-involved/volunteer/ .

Putting the Lives of Refugee Women Back on Track

Tanma Federation was formed in 2010 by 3 ethnic Burmese women refugee groups in Malaysia, Mang Tha, Kaopro and Chin Women Organization.

“Tanma” means strong in Burmese. Tanma runs livelihood programmes for refugee women based on Fair Trade and cooperative principles. Through Tanma, several social projects including livelihood trainings, addressing gender-based violence, language classes for refugee women and education programmes for refugee children are run. At the core of Tanma is self- empowerment of refugee women.

Vision

  • To be a world-wide fair trade cooperative run by and for refugee women, committed to giving a chance to the most vulnerable women to be economically independent and to participate in decision making
  • To empower women to build peace and harmony and to bring change in our environment

Mission

  • To build solidarity among women
  • To protect women artisans’ rights as workers and as women
  • To run a fair trade cooperative
  • To help other women’s groups join the federation

Recognizing the critical need for livelihood opportunities, Tanma works with Burmese refugee women to develop a sustainable income-generating programme, which includes:

  • Consistent training on livelihood skills
  • Continuous English language lessons
  • Business & marketing skills development
  • Financial literacy training
  • Livelihoods project management

Tanma members also support each other in networking and marketing – which is imperative for the survival of livelihood programmes. Through Tanma, refugee women are learning their rights, owning it and asserting their rights to ensure that they are protected. Tanma understands that women’s human rights cannot advance without education and understanding of one’s rights and the creation of spaces to claim ones rights.