Another (BIG) book donation from International School KL

I used to be driving up Kuala Lumpur, with my car loaded with books to be sent to other centres in our project. But Wednesday’s trip was the opposite:

Seventeen boxes of books, donated by International School KL.

We are fortunate to be remembered whenever there are second-hand/unwanted books to be disposed of. International School Kuala Lumpur was in its latest round of refreshing its library stock. We got an email from the very kind PTA secretary, Cheryl Cole Dodwell, about the books a week before. This is the second time Mari Kita Membaca receiving donation from ISKL.

The good people of ISKL: On the right, Cheryl, secretary of Parent-Teacher Association, ISKL, and on the left is "Money", ISKL staff.

It took some effort to even take stock of the books. In total more than 600 books!

Some of the 17 boxes of books.

As these are mostly reference and higher grade books, we will pass on some of the books to two locations: Project Mentari at Petaling Jaya and the local community library run by a temple in Segamat.

Thank you ISKL again!

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Kg Tekir English Enrichment Program

Hello Kg Tekir!

On 10th March, Mari Kita Membaca visited Kampung Tekir to kick-off our English enrichment program. Many thanks to our new volunteers for their efforts in leading the activities! Most of our new volunteers are staff from Teach For Malaysia.

We started off with songs and games, followed by a craft activity.

Outdoor activities with the kids

This time, we delivered activity books for the preschool children and set up a reading corner. The kids went wild with the alphabet mat and the colourful stools. We ended with a reading session in small groups. The purpose of this was to get the younger children interested in books, and to build the confidence of older children in reading aloud.

Get Involved

For the next six months, we will visit Kg Tekir at least once a fortnight to run English enrichment programs. These are fun activities such as games, songs, picnics, and videos to help the children speak English with confidence. While these activities go on, we also teach English to advanced students and the kindergarten teachers.

If you would like to join us on our trips, please email [email protected] to get involved.

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Kelab Alami Mukim Tanjung Kupang – May 2011

Since we’re always interested in supporting other groups that help kids to learn and explore their world, we were excited to hear a few months ago about the Kelab Alami Mukim Tanjung Kupang.

Tanjung Kupang is a region near the PTP (Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas) and Gelang Patah in the south-western tip of Johor. Most of the villagers are farmers, fishermen, or port workers. A couple of years ago, some of the local teachers and a PhD student in Applied Science, Serina Rahman – Kak Serina to the children – started a club to teach the kids not only about the natural environment in their area, but also how to go about investigating and monitoring it for themselves. While most people might agree in principle that preserving nature is a good thing, it may be difficult for those from low-income communities to see that as an end in itself because they have more pressing things to worry about. So, the club members hold seafood barbecues – featuring fresh seafood right off the coast – and guided tours of the seagrass beds which provide a source of income for club operations, as well as pride for the kids.

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Alissa and I went for one of the tours in May this year, along with some other Malaysian and Singaporean friends. We took the Causeway Link bus to Gelang Patah where we met up with our friends who live there. When we arrived at the Kelab, it was shortly ahead of a busload of HSBC employees from KL. Apparently, HSBC is a corporate sponsor of the Kelab and provided some much-needed life vests – some of the employees come down periodically to visit.

We brought a bag of books for the little library in the clubhouse. In addition to the books, we also got 20 red bicycle safety lights for the members, as some of them have had near-accidents on the narrow, dark kampung roads while cycling.  Continue reading

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