Serve and Learn in KL!
Malaysia’s social enterprise scene is growing. On this trip, we will visit several of them to find out why they do what they do, and the investment opportunities that their businesses require in order to impact more people. It will be an immersive experience, as we get to participate in hands-on activities and engage with the people who have been transformed by the works of the social enterprises.
Social Enterprises we will meet:
Dignity School provides Montessori curriculum education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students are taught in English and are equipped with values and skills that can facilitate their employment in good careers in the future. Through various social enterprises in the school’s vicinity such as a cafe, sewing and woodwork studio, an urban garden, and a bed-and-breakfast (coming soon!), students are given opportunities to practice in the real world.
What we’ve done with Dignity School:
On a customised learning and service trip with Centre for New Life in Sept 2017, the team conducted a hands-on soap making workshop for the Grade 3 students as part of their enrichment curriculum to learn about the science and art behind soap making. The team also shared the technique they learnt (from a soap-making workshop in Singapore) with the teachers, so they can conduct it themselves with other students in the future.
Together with the staff from Dignity for Children foundation, a sanitation and family planning workshop was conducted for the rohingya community that the foundation has been serving and working with. Today (April 2018), Dignity for Children is still working closely with communities there.
The Picha Project is a social enterprise which aims to provide financial empowerment to the marginalised groups in Malaysia. They provide job opportunities to families from marginalised groups by creating a platform for them to cater food to the public, utilizing their existing cooking skills and equipping them further with professional guidance.
Tripper’s experience at Picha Project’s Open House session:
“It was really heartening for me to see young Malaysians leading, and helping the communities in need through such a business. And hearing about the struggles faced by the Syrian lady (who cooked so much awesome food for us) was heart-wrenching – it highlighted the realities of war in a very real way for me. Yet, despite all that she’s been through, she’s truly a overcomer. And I’m inspired by that few hours with her in her home.”
Earth Heir works with over 100 underprivileged and disadvantaged artisans to create handmade products that are truly indigenous Malaysian. Their products range from bags and clothing to lifestyle products.
The trippers will design their own jewelry or art piece with the help of the artisans from Earth Heir.
GOLD – Giving Opportunities for the Learning Disabled is a NGO established by a group of parent-volunteers since 2000. It aims to enhance vocational, recreational and life skills training programs, and to initiate work and social opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
We were given the opportunity to witness the transformative work at GOLD, and got to have our lunch (nasi lemak, cookies, cakes, noodles, and more desserts) prepared by the students at GOLD!
It is our goal to distribute the fee fairly among all our partners.
The cost includes 2-way transport from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, local transport, 3* accommodation with breakfast, guides, 1 lunch and 2 dinners, Actxplorer guide, group travel insurance, and all aforementioned activities. 28% of this trip’s cost goes directly to activities with our hosts.
The cost of this trip is S$330/pax.
Your social impact
We hope that through this trip, you can become mouthpieces for these SEs – to raise awareness of their work beyond Malaysia, and serve as a connector between potential investors and volunteers to these SEs. Your presence and interest in their work will also serve as an encouragement for them to further their cause!
When will this trip take place?
This trip will be from 22-24 March 2019.
How can I share this with more people?
You may download / screenshot our e-brochure here, as well as share our Facebook event page! Drop us an email via our contact form or at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest!