Monday, October 24, 2016

Jumble Station in an article

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Merdeka  Vintage Car Ride
Car rides are always a hit with young children and the Merdeka Vintage Car ride on August 31st this year was no exception. Several single parent’s children and children from various orphanages were given an opportunity to participate in a vintage car ride. Michael, a former policeman roped in several vintage car owners to offer a ride to the children starting at  the Spastic Centre in, Petaling Jaya on to Taman Permainan SS15/2E before  ending at Lake View Subang Jaya. 

At the meeting point in the Spastic Centre grounds, the children went through the registration process and each child was given a handheld Malaysia’s flag to wave. Happy yet, nervous and anxious, the children were keen to get going even though there were less cars compared to the year before. Many had hoped they would get a chance to ride on some of the bigger motorbikes, but this was not allowed for safety reasons.

The children were all seated in their respective cars, and the ride kicked off at 10am to Taman Permainan SS15/2E where they were given refreshments, “kuih” and drinks. The children were then grouped in to smaller teams for outdoors activities. It wasn’t  Pokemon Go but simple games such as tossing candies in the pail, running in two’s with a balloon behind their back etc. 

This was followed by simple aerobic exercises, conducted by Taylors University Students. The students started off with cheers of Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! and Malaysia Boleh! before proceeding to a dance called “Char Kuey Teow, Roti Canai and Teh Tarik”, topped off by ever popular A.R Rahman’s number “Jai Ho”.

The children then took the ride to Lake View Subang Jayawhere they shared tables with children from other homes and sang out loud the song made popular by Sudirman, “Tanggal 31” followed by “Jalur Gemilang”.  YB  Hannah Yeoh was there to join in the singing  and  hand over a cheque donation to the various homes as well.

Parents without Partner’s  was among the charities presented with the RM2,500 cheque and Social Coordinator Jayapratha accepted the cheque on behalf of PWP. The donation will be used to aid our single parents in time of need and is greatly appreciated especially in these very trying economic times indeed.

Time Out To Agro Park, Senawang

Parents Without Partners Bhd’s single parents children and underprivileged children from Trinity Homes, Petaling Jaya  was able to enjoy a trip to Starfresh Agro Park, at  Senawang, Negeri Sembilan thanks to Kiwanis Bandaraya, that sponsored the trip.

Starfresh Agro Park founder,  Alex gave a short introduction of the company and the park during a tour of the place.  

The children were introduced to  local fruit trees, including star fruit, durian, ‘duku langsat’, rambutan and many more. The beauty of the tour to the orchard was the fact that, the children were able to harvest the fruit themselves and eat them! Many were ecstatic never having done it before. 11 year old, Hanuthasan gathered a few duku langsat and carefully wrapped it in his handkerchief as a gift to his mom for when he returns home.  He was happy he could pluck them from the tree himself.  Sadly, many of the fruit trees were not in season including the durians and the rambutans but the kids still had a fun time with a jam making session.   

 It was the children’s first effort ever making their very own fruit jam! And what’s more it was also Agro Fresh’s first effort at making jam from star fruit! Guided by their group leaders, each child learnt the art of jam making from the washing of the fruits to slicing and dicing it, blending them, cooking and mixing them with sugar before pouring the finished gooey stuff into a jam jar. Little did they know that, at the end of the session, they were actually allowed to take a bottle of jam home!  Single father’s son, 11 year old, Jack Justin Tan said this was his first time making jam and he really enjoyed the experience very much.

 Famished after the tiring walk in the orchard and jam making activity, it was time for a buffet lunch. The children were so hungry they opted for a second serving of the delicious lunch.
Lunch over, it was paint ball target shooting time! The tour guide shared safety tips, and information on how to handle the paint ball guns. Each child was given 20 pieces of paint ball pellets, placed in the paint ball gun by the guide and given clear instructions on how to aim and shoot the target. The target in this case were aluminium cans tied to strings hanging from a steel bar. Muhammad Iqram, 9 years, was truly having a ball and scored by hitting 3 cans! Like Iqram, the other children had a whale of a time with the paint ball guns! 

Topping off the day’s event was what most rural children loved the most, swimming in a real river! The children could be seen laughing and giggling, busily splashing water and some swimming happily up and down the river itself. Having spent around 45 minutes in the stream, they were mighty reluctant to quit swimming begging for “another 5 more minutes, please”. The outing was a huge success, offering a great opportunity to bond with nature, it was indeed a time of fun, fun, fun and will hopefully add to the many sweet childhood memories of being one with nature.   

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pampering The Single Mums

Parents Without Partners Bhd’s poor single mums were given a creative pampering for the first time in their lives by US based Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Three young girls from YWAM, Courtney, Allison and Melissa had traveled to many of poorer parts of the world assisting the poor and the needy communities where the need was greatest.
This time, they paid a visit to Malaysia and were introduced into the personal lives of poor single mothers living in at government low cost flats at Lembah Subang in Selangor, Malaysia.
Courtney, Allison and Melissa shared a passion to care for the needy while building up their intrinsic worth, value and personal identity.
The three vibrant young women had gone through quite a number of unnerving experiences on their global charitable travels but nothing prepared them for the conditions they saw in what was supposed to be a modern country like Malaysia.
Led by social coordinator, Jayapratha the trio arrived at Lembah Subang, only to discover the elevator had not been functioning for the past two months. For the locals, this was nothing new, it often happens due to poor maintenance and vandalism. We were left with no choice but to walk up the flight of stairs, all the way up to 12th floor! While walking up the stairs, they saw firsthand the pitiful condition of the stairs, it was a veritable eyesore and the urine stench as well as the stench from the rubbish being dumped was nauseating. The safety factor of walking up and down the stairs was shocking due to the lack of metal railings to hold on to, on some flights of stairs. Making the matter worse was that there were no lights at all forcing the team to use their mobile phone torches to light up their way up.
Kalawathy a single mother of one daughter had her front door wide open to welcome the very tired bunch. The visitors were given a very warm greeting and gratefully agreed to be seated while waiting for the other single mums to show up. While waiting for the others to show up, Courtney, Allison and Melissa chatted with Kalawathy to learn more about her plight. When the other single mums arrived, they were given a short introduction to the three Americans and were pleased to be told that they had a treat in store for the single mums - nail polish and henna art pampering!
The 3 single mums were given the opportunity to choose their personal choice of nail polish colour which would be then painted on their nails. Mellissa and Allison begin pampering the single mothers with a hand massage each, something the single mothers had never enjoyed before because such manicure treatment usually costs around RM100 and above in spas. For these single mothers it was offered for free of charge by YWAM girls.
Nanthini, a single mother of 4 kids, said she had never had the thrill of pampering her hands, “This is my first,” she said. . Even her 4 year old daughter was given a manicure treatment, and like her mother, was thrilled to bits to have her nails painted! Kalawathy and her 13 year old daughter as well as her niece grabbed the opportunity to be pampered by Melissa and Allison while the henna art was carried out by Courtney. Kala, Nanthini and the other single mum were flabbergasted by Courtney’s artistic henna art work, and praised her talent in this skill which originates from Indians rather than a Westerner!
A very pleased Kala, prepared a simple lunch for everyone, offering fried chicken sambal, simple salad, rice and coffee. Everyone found the simple spicy meal, enjoyable time.
When asked, what they enjoyed the most from the pampering of single mums’ session, Courtney, who heads the YWAM team, shared that she was happy she could bring a refreshing and enjoyable talent to PWP’s single mums. Allison on the other hand enjoyed making people laugh and loves to hang out and casually chat with them. Mellissa shared that she loves to connect with different people, hear first hand their struggles and their challenges as well as how they are able to overcome such difficulties.
The trio, Courtney, Mellissa and Allison were delighted that they together with PWP could be a real blessing to these hardworking single mothers and families. Truly though, it was only a couple of hours, it was still a great time of bonding , a time of fun , a time of pampering and personal sharing , all of which was worth their weight in gold.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Jumble Station Hari Raya Celebration.
Jumble Station had the Hari Raya celebration with its Muslim staffs on Tuesday, 21st July held at Reading Station. We had a Pot Bless dinner with each staff contributing a dish or two. From ‘ketupat’ , succulent mutton ‘rendang’, chicken cooked in coconut with chilies and turmeric, mixed vegetables, spaghetti and many more.
The table was filled with lots of home cooked food, local desserts, kuih nyonya and cordial drinks.
The celebration was filled with love, joy and laughter. The kids were blessed with "Duit Raya" by Mdm Lian See Lim.
Jumble Station wishes all "Selamat Hari Raya"

Friday, July 8, 2016

A volunteer shares her Reading Station experience.
Reading Station (RS) is a place with great potential. Every child who walks through the door is bursting with potential that’s just waiting to be nurtured. Many of them lack the learning environment and the opportunity that some of us possess but that can change, not overnight, not even over a period of a year but over a long period of prayer, hard work and Godly faith. That was the essence of what I felt when I first visited Reading Station recently.

What is really amazing is to see children both so obedient yet extremely hungry to learn. In my first session with them, they courageously overcome their innate shyness and showed great improvements by the end of the class session. Of course, we had fun. I know I did and I know my four year old son did. He told me in the car on our way back home, ‘mommy, I like it when you are the teacher’ – that was music to my ears.

My second session was different but equally interesting and encouraging. I was asked to bring props for a drama class and being the least imaginative person you can think of, I thought of balloon sculpture as a way to reach out to the kids at RS. I used to do that for other disadvantaged communities so balloon sculpture it would have to be and it was my hope that the children at RS would be as interested in learning about balloon sculpturing as the children elsewhere.

However since I’m pretty terrible at it, I roped in my hubby to help out and he willingly agreed to assist. Since it was also Father’s Day we thought it would be a good opportunity to show our two boys that we can be spiritual parents to other children, some whom may be fatherless.

So there we were at RS complete with balloons, pumps, pens and all…and lo and behold, no one was there. It was the fasting month and many children had to help out their family at the daily food bazaar. Only two new students finally turned up but we wanted the previous batch of students to also attend and enjoy this second session. So armed with balloon sculptures, we went to a couple of flats and knocked on doors. The earlier batch of kids all could not make it for various reasons but we met a few new children along the way and they were really excited to see the balloon animals and the flowers. I was praying for at least 10 students and 15 of them would be great and mercifully we finally drew in 15 children. At one point, we literally had children following us to the Reading Station and it was very encouraging. Needless to say, my boys and my hubby too had great fun that day and I had a lot of exercise so that was a nice bonus. All in all, it was a great day.

Challenges? I am not quite in a position to share on challenges since I’ve just started volunteering. But, something else, more challenging comes to mind. As we went knocking on doors looking for students, I was reminded about the poor living conditions of the place. Lifts were broken down (and waiting for lifts took a long time), doors have fallen apart, graffiti filled the walls, rubbish even faeces decorated the stairwells – all these were not exactly the most conducive of living conditions.

My thoughts were that many who live there either don’t have much of a choice in the matter or they themselves contributed to the terrible condition because they are bitter with life. The challenge I realise is that we need to do something about it. Not at once, maybe not in the very near future but there has to be a long term plan to transform the entire community and improving its environment. Of course that’s easier said than done but we have a powerful God of the impossible and with His help we can make an impact on the children we serve and also in the process make an impact on their parents, their friends, relatives and the entire community. It may take years of hard work but I believe that God has a purpose for this community, a purpose that is far beyond the reading classes and interesting activities we now hold. What we are presently doing is opening a door to this community who really needs support.

My message is, if you are already volunteering and serving the disadvantaged, continue your amazing work. If you are not, do consider giving a little of your time to Reading station and see how God works. I’m starting small myself due to my other commitments but I believe as we each bring something small to those at Reading Station, God will perform his great miracle of impactful change.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wishing all our Muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya.
From the Management and Staff of PWP.