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Partnering English Teaching Assistants

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Partnering English Teaching Assistants

“I am very excited to start my English lessons with the ETA’s to improve my English, especially in the area of writing!” Asmida, OA Teacher of Paya Buluh After School Programme. It is our first time working with English Teaching Assistants from Bera. Bailey and Mackenzie will be helping Asmida with English lessons once every fortnight. Asmida teaches in an after school programme for Primary One to Six students. The lessons would be useful for her to practice her spoken English, and improve her grammar and writing skills. “This year I have a renewed determination to learn and speak English better. I do not know why, but whenever I try to speak English I get tongue tied, but I’ll try anyway!” -Jisam, Orang Asli teacher from Gerik. “I can communicate in English decently. I needimprovements in writing and grammer. But more importantly I hope that the English teaching assistants can share with me new learning and teaching methods. I do not have internet back in my village. Sometimes I get stuck when I think of new, fun and effective teaching ideas. I hope that this will provide me with a good opportunity to learn more and more so we are will be on par with more advanced schools” -Dinah, E2T project trainer and Orang Asli teacher from Gopeng. Our OA teachers shared the above when we introduced them with the Fullbright English teaching assistants from Gopeng, Gerik and Lenggong. We are grateful for this partnership that will help encourage and mould our teachers into becoming better educators. This year would be our third year partnering ETA’s from the Fullbright Program. The past partnerships has been very helpful in helping our Orang Asli teachers improve their English. We would like to thank the ETA’s for making time to meet up with us and helping out teachers with English...

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Seeing our minor’s do well make our work worthwhile!

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It is extremely encouraging to see young people from our case management program now doing well after being resettled in United States. Being an unaccompanied and separated minor, it was very tough for him here in Malaysia. He was in our program for close to two years before he was resettled. Our case management program provides protection and care for children who are here without any caregivers and support We’re happy to play a crucial part in his journey. Seeing him do well makes it all worthwhile. Read more about how Reza is settling in the US...

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It was one of the most rewarding moments I’ve had in Malaysia – Bryan’s Experience

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It was one of the most rewarding moments I’ve had in Malaysia – Bryan’s Experience

SUKA Society partners with Fulbright English Teaching Assistant’s who are teaching in the nearby vicinity of our Orang Asli pre-schools. They provide English lessons for our Orang Asli teachers so that they can improve and provide better lessons for the pre-schools. Here’s an excerpt from Bryan’s account during his visit to Kampung Dala, the village of our Orang Asli teachers who he spent the year teaching. I made my way out to Kampung Dala during Hari Raya  to visit a group of teachers that myself and a few other ETAs tutor. SUKA Society, a Malaysian non-profit, connected us with these teachers from a preschool in the village meant to provide an early education for the Temiar children, who typically fall behind their peers in the first few years of primary school. After roasting the fish we caught, we returned to the school. While sitting around drinking teh tarik, the group of men asked if I could teach them some English. They sat in the preschool classroom, pen in hand, as I went over some basic phrases. Like my secondary school students, they would say, “Teacher, I don’t understand. Teacher, how do you say?” The lesson went on for more than an hour, and, afterwards, the guys laughed as they tried out their new English phrases. It was one of the most rewarding moments I’ve had in Malaysia. Read the full, exciting story here: ‘Solace in the Jungle’ by Bryan...

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Run it, Race it, End it – KL 24 Hour Race

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Run it, Race it, End it – KL 24 Hour Race

The KL 24 Hour Race has been fundraising for SUKA Society Anti Trafficking in Persons project for the third year now. This Malaysian leg of the 24 Hour Race will take place simultaneously with two other locations in the same time zone – Singapore and Hong Kong. Founded by anti-human trafficking non-governmental organisation Running to Stop the Traffik (RTST), the local leg of the 24 Hour Race aims at raising funds for the Persatuan Kebajikan Suara Kanak-kanak Malaysia, or Suka Society. Read on for details of what went on: Third edition of race against human trafficking this weekend...

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Thank you for your support!

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Thank you for your support!

A huge shout out to the Victoria Institute Old Boys’ Association (VIOBA), The Malay College Old Boys’ Association of Malaysia (MCOBA), The Old Frees’ Association (OFA) and Old Putras Association (OPA) and thanks for choosing us as a recipient of the donations from this year’s quadrangular golf tournament! Read all about it here: Vioba derma RM10,000 kepada Suka

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SUKA Society Resilience Camp 2016 – Outbac Broga, Negeri Sembilan

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SUKA Society Resilience Camp 2016 – Outbac Broga, Negeri Sembilan

We organized our SUKA Society Youth Camp from the 14th to 17th September in Outbac Broga Campsite, Semenyih. A total of 25 children and 7 volunteers participated in the camp. This year, we focused on developing the children’s confidence and resilience by giving them the platform and tools to express their feelings, discover their aspirations ad identify their support systems. The children also enjoyed the various workshop, team building and outdoor activities. On the last day, we hiked up Broga hill together to catch the sun rise! We hope that the workshop will help them in the future in overcoming obstacles and being more resilient in life! Read below to know more about what we did throughout the camp! Day 1 We kicked off the camp with some ice breakers. The kids played games like ‘Drop the curtain’ and ‘Introduction Ball’. During ‘Introduction Ball’, the kids passed around a volleyball. Whoever received the ball had to introduce themselves by announcing their name to the group. This led up to the next game: ‘Drop the Curtain’ where the kids were divided into two groups and separated by a blanket being held up by two facilitators. Each group would send forth a representative to sit at the front of the group. The aim of the game was to call out the name of your opponent faster than he or she could call out yours. This taught the kids the importance of listening and remembering names. After the icebreakers, the kids were officially divided into their camp groups. Two facilitators were assigned to each group to help assist the children with the various activities. The next activity was the getting to know you sessions. Each person was given a piece of paper and was assigned to find someone who had something in common with them. From this activity, they learnt that no matter where we come from, we all share something similar with one another. After the activity, the children were led in a taster session on identity. One of our staff led a discussion on identity cards with the kids giving suggestions on what things would be inside a typical card. After that, the kids each received a piece of paper and were told to create their own identity cards, containing details that they wanted to put in. Many of our kids turned into artists in that moment, decorating and creating leisurely with the stationery provided. During the flying fox activity, it was fun to see the kids cheering each other on or making that decision to actually try it out. Each person who did it came back saying that they had no regrets trying it. Some even wanted to go for a second round. After that, during wall climbing, it was again awe-inspiring to see the kids taking hold of their fears and resolving to try the activity out. The kids also cheered their friends on when they noticed anyone freezing up or slowing down. Continuing with the theme of ‘Identity’, it was time for our first two sessions: ‘The Self-Discovery Journey’ and ‘My Support Circles’. During ‘The Self-Discovery Journey’, the kids were each given a copy of our ‘Self-Discovery’ Sheet. In the sheet there are five segments which the kids are supposed to fill out: ‘My Strengths’, ‘My Weaknesses’… The kids were...

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Paedophile Screening – Childproofing Institutions

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Paedophile Screening – Childproofing Institutions

    Sometime in June this year, the nation was shocked about the Richard Huckle incident. He was arrested and jailed for sexually abusing multiple Malaysian children, and posting his offences on the dark web. We were recently interviewed by BFM to discuss ways we can keep children safe from sexual predators. Organisations or institutions like ours cannot assume that just because someone is volunteering help, that particular person is genuine in his or her intentions. Therefore it is crucial that we not only have a robust child protection policy that governs who and how we work with children, but we need to also ensure that the child protection policy is consistently adhered to. Looking beyond the responsibility of organisations and institutions, it is also important for parents to pick up best practices in keeping children safe and remain vigilant at all times. Click the below picture to hear what our Executive Director, Anderson Selvasegaram has to say when it comes to keeping children...

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SUKA Society Youth Camp 2015

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SUKA Society Youth Camp 2015

On the 15 & 16 August 2015, SUKA Society organized a youth camp for refugee and Malaysian children. The objective of this camp is for the children to have fun. Article 31 of the UN Convention on the rights of the child states that every child has the right to play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Below are some pictures and highlights we would like to share from the camp: Our buddy system and ice breaker activities helped the participants warm up to each other. Each Malaysian child was paired with a refugee child. Despite being from different background and cultures, we soon realized that many of them shared common interests. The participants really enjoyed the outdoor activities. It was the first time for many of them to try out the flying fox activity, which was fun and exciting. Another highlight of the camp was the bamboo raft building activity.  Each team demonstrated team work and communication skills by building a bamboo raft together. We even had a mini rafting competition!      A total of 14 children from the refugee community and 14 children from the Malaysian community participated in this camp. We are glad that new friendships were built and the participants bonded over fun and engaging activities. We would like to thank our volunteers who helped us organize the activities. We are looking forward towards organizing next year’s youth...

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Mt. KK Charity Climb 2015

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Mt. KK Charity Climb 2015

Mount Kinabalu Charity Climb 2015 was held from the 11th to 14th of April 2015. The event was co-organised by SUKA Society and Suriana Welfare Society. The objective of the climb was to raise awareness and funds to support SUKA Society’s work of creating greater access to education for the Orang Asli community, provide water solutions for two Orang Asli villages in Gerik and support Suriana Welfare Society’s in their work of tackling poverty among urban marginalised families. A total of 17 enthusiastic climbers from various age groups and backgrounds participated in this charity climb. The climbers were Amira Nadiafatin, Chen Wai Hing, Chong Suit Kin, Ho Tsuey Xin, Kok Soo Aun, Amanda Leong, Richard Ranjit Singh, Sng Mee Kee, Thomas Soo, Low Chee Chong, Tan Shern Yang, Toh Yen Lu and Anderson Selvasegaram. Sarah Teo from SUKA Society and Nancy Ee from Suriana Welfare Society took the lead inorganising the charity climb. Bosan bin Mel & Jisam bin Busu Mas, two of our Orang Asli community teachers from Gerik participated in the climb as well. “It was amazing to share the climb with great people who are advocating for the rights of marginalised children and as well as for Orang Asli education.”- Shern Yang       While this was the first Mount Kinabalu experience for many of our climbers; for co-organiser Nancy Ee, it was her 12th time ascending to the summit of Mount Kinabalu. For Thomas Soo and Richard Ranjit Singh, it was their second time participating in a charity climb organised by SUKA Society. “I had to endure altitude sickness, exhaustion, knee pain and freezing conditions during the climb. But it was an awesome experience making it to the peak” – Yen Lu The presence of our OA teachers, Jisam and Busan made the charity climb even more memorable as they shared with the other climbers their day-to-day Orang Asli life experiences and as well as the challenges in running their respective Orang Asli community pre-school classes. Busan also showcased his athleticism andfitness by making it up toLaban Rata within two hours after leaving Timpohon gate. Starting at 3am the following morning, he reached to the summit within one and a half hours from Laban Rata. Before the climb, each climber pledged to do his or her best to raise RM250 for every km climbed (9 km to the peak of Mount Kinabalu), making it a total of RM2250 raised for the charity of his or her choice. The climbers collectively managed to exceed the charity climb target by raising a total of RM41075.50. 13 climbers who pledged to climb for SUKA Society raised a total of RM34190.50, while 4 climbers who pledged to raise funds for Suriana Welfare Society raised a total of RM6885.00. “It was an eye opening experience climbing up Mount Kinabalu. For me, having the opportunity to talk to the Orang Asli teachers and the mountain guides reinforced some perspectives about life. The climb may have ended but the journey for the Orang Asli pre-school education continues.” – Tsuey Xin All in all, it was a successful and memorable event. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of our climbers, donors and sponsors who supported this charity climb. While our journey to the summit of Mount Kinabalu may have reached its end, the charities’ work in improving Orang Asli children’s access...

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Volunteering with Orang Asli Teachers

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Volunteering with Orang Asli Teachers

One of the main challenge in our work with the OA Asli teachers is in providing them support for their continuous development. This is mainly due to the fact that the teachers are located in obscure villages and we do not have volunteers who live near these villages. We visit the teachers every month to provide school supplies, supervision and guidance. But to help improve their English effectively, weekly sessions with the OA teachers are required. This is where the English Teaching Assistants (ETA) under the US Fulbright program are a valuable help to our cause. We met really enthusiastic and capable ETAs in Gerik, Lenggong and Gopeng who were more than happy to fill the gap. Yesterday our OA teachers in Gerik had their first English lesson with the ETAs. They worked on the basics such greetings, introductions and personal particulars. It’s wonderful to have the ETAs helping our teachers. We are confident that as the OA teachers   improve in their English skills, their ability to teach will also improve. First and foremost I would like to that you all for this tremendous opportunity. This has been a source of my happiness and I am grateful for the experience and exposure of getting to know the Orang Asli here in Malaysia. I am forever grateful. Our first meeting last night was a great success. We all got acquainted with eachother and worked on greetings, introductions and personal particulars. I am looking forward to next weeks meeting” Akirah Crawford, Fellow ETA.    ...

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