Raising funds to empower poor youth

Small Changes is holding its annual fundraising event “Seeds of Deeds 2016” at NU Sentral Mall, Kuala Lumpur today to raise RM100,000 in an effort to empower 2,000 underprivileged students in rural Perak, Kelantan, and Kedah.

The event will feature Syed Azmi, a notable social activist in Malaysia, who will talk on the importance of safety as well as addressing education inequalities in Malaysia.

Others non-governmental organisations joining hands for the fundraising event include Projek Kalsom, Young Muslim Project, Teach for the Needs, Lean In Malaysia, Nation Building School and Organisational of National Empowerment.

Also lending a hand to the event is Englishjer, a social media celebrity with over 141,000 followers on Twitter who will raise awareness on the importance of English language amongst Malaysian youth and underprivileged students.

The highlight of this year’s fundraising event will be the flash mob activity to raise awareness about the plight of underprivileged students in Malaysia.

The public will also have the opportunity to take pictures with Star Wars cosplayers from Legion 501 Club during the event.

“We are very passionate about bringing the community together in our mission to empower youth through knowledge.

“Each of us has a role to play and it is our responsibility as concerned citizens to address education inequality among underprivileged students in Malaysia,” said Small Changes president Sharif Ahmad.

Sharif said the public could support this cause by donating RM50 to sponsor an underprivileged student in the youth empowerment camp.

The donation will be used to cover food and lodging costs, study materials, coaching sessions by facilitators and other related expenses.

In Malaysia, underprivileged students risk the danger of being school dropouts and involved in social problems.

A survey by the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs in 2014 showed that 72% of student dropouts in Malaysia come from underprivileged and low-income families.

For more information, visit the Small Changes Facebook page.

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