Support our initiative to start a social enterprise selling People Caring gourmet coffee blend that can continuously sustain our works in providing additional tuition and dance / music workshops to children and youths stricken with all forms of disabilities and medical challenges in Malaysia.
One of our visually impaired beneficiaries at our online learning project
Music Workshop with disabled children
Picture an image of a child stricken with disabilities. How does it make you feel? Sadness? Helplessness? Hopelessness?
It is estimated that there are 55,000 children and youths with all forms of disabilities studying in 5,000 public special and mixed schools in our nation, Malaysia.
Globally, according to United Nations, it is estimated that there are 93 million of such children and youths.
These children and youths share common challenges, inequalities and social barriers which result in many psychological and emotional challenges. At such young age, these children are already exposed to an extremely negative environment. As they grow up to adulthood, they face similar inequalities economically, thus, resulting in them being perceived and treated as burdens to societies as well as their families.
CAN WE TRANSFORM THIS INEQUALITY LANDSCAPE?
For the past 5 years, our team has been engaged in many learning and enabling projects to hopefully make a difference to their lives. One of our learning projects which was launched in 2017 was to provide sponsored tuition to 200 disabled students (visually and hearing impaired) from 11 special schools nationwide. This platform was in collaboration with our country’s largest public listed education publisher, where materials were accessible for the students’ usage anytime and anywhere through the power of technology and the Internet.
We have seen some breakthroughs in terms of academic results when 7 of our blind students scored an average of 3 to 8 As in the 2017 Secondary 5 examination – SPM (equivalent to Year 11 Cambridge IGCSE). This enabled them to gain further higher education opportunities such as enrolling for pre-university programmes (i.e A-Levels) and even degree programmes.
We intend to expand on this learning project to include those stricken with mental and multiple disabilities by engaging them in dance and music workshops using an accessible technology called Soundbeam. We believe dance and music is a universal barrier-free learning and experience which will hopefully aid children and youths regardless of abilities, race or religion.
Dance and music often invokes joyful expressions. It is also an excellent bridging tool in fostering inclusion among diversities and encouraging empathy. So hopefully, it will help open up a different world for these children and youths and make lives better for each and everyone of these precious individuals.
Our team is led by founder, Stevens Chan, who himself lost his eye sight at the age of 45 due to glaucoma. So, who better to understand the challenges faced by the children and their families? Even more so that he has been working with many of them for the past 9 years.
Founder Stevens Chan and his guide dog, Lashawn
We are seeking to start a social enterprise selling our own brand of people caring gourmet coffee blend that will enable us to sustain our work to reach out to all of these children in our country. And hopefully in the future, we will be able to bring this project to the rest of the world.
We collaborated with established coffee suppliers from Malaysia who has been around for the past 15 years.
Nurul Adilah Binti Hadi
Born partially blind to a taxi driver couple, Adilah always dreamed of being an author. With deep interest in storytelling, the only child of the family is now studying in SMK Seri Tasik, a mixed school that specialises in teaching multiple disability students. Since 2017, Adilah has been taking part in LEARNING INCLUDES, to improve her academic performance and enable her to take part in public general exams – she’s on track to achieving her dream of becoming a great fictional author.
Foo Jun Sheng
Diagnosed with Glaucoma since young, Jun Sheng, the middle child of 3 has to cope with losing his vision for the rest of his life. But with great singing talent, Jun Sheng has always held his head high and has a positive outlook about his future. Currently studying in SK Seri Mutiara Mixed school, a school that specialises in the Visually impaired student, he learned piano on his free time. Since Joining the LEARNING INCLUDES project since early 2017, Jun Sheng has also learned how to use a computer and to study virtually.
Rishan Ponraj Sivaraj
Being the only blind child in the house, Rishan has never looked down on himself. He always believed that blindness should not stop him from achieving academic excellence. With hard work and assistance from the Learning Includes Project -– his sweat and tears paid off when he scored 7 As in the SPM General Examination in 2017. He is now pursuing his dream to be a lecturer in the English Language, and currently studying in SMK St John for his Form 6.
Please do support our project with your generous giving. In return, we shall thank you with our special subscription rates only available for this campaign. For every USD 15 (RM 60) / monthly subscription, it comes with our special gift box of 2 x 250g Coffee Includes blend.
For more information, contact us at 014-3545124