Mentari Project was set up in 2008 with the mission to provide equal learning opportunities and experiences for disadvantaged children in low-cost housing areas. Founded by YB Nik Nazmi before he became an elected representative, it currently serves the area of Desa Mentari, Seri Setia, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. About 50 children between the ages of 9 and 17 are the current beneficiary of Mentari’s programmes.
Mari Kita Membaca made a visit to the Mentari centre on Sep 26, 2012. After a discussion of the needs and targeted readers, a total of 200 books were selected to set up a small library at the centre. We explored the ideas of encouraging reading culture among the young and the book refresh programme, to keep the library interesting with new books. The refresh could be done by swapping batches of books from other MKM communities, thus effectively enlarging the collection size of the MKM libraries.
Besides learning related programmes, Mentari project members shared with us the social problems in the community that they also help with. These include teenage pregnancy, abandoned newborns and truancy. Mentari team is on a very challenging mission indeed. The impact to the community will certainly be felt and MKM is proud to be in collaboration with Mentari.
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