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FORGED BY A HEART AND SPIRIT to reach out to an indigenous (“orang asli”) community, eleven Inner Wheel Clubs in District 330 (Malaysia) led by President Lynn of the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur (President 2018-2019) started on a series of programmes to uplift the quality of life of villagers living in an underdeveloped rural.
Three months ago, a house for the family of a young couple, Paizat and Suri, was built with the help of volunteers and donors. It only took an unbelievable three days from 26th to 28th October, 2018. The occasion was aptly celebrated in commemoration of the 70th charter anniversary of the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur. (For a video of the build, go to https://bit.ly/2WdpviQ ).
President Lynn’s vision was not to help just a family but also its community. Therefore, on 6th January, 2019, in conjunction with World Inner Wheel Day 2019 celebrations, a carnival was organised for the 350 villagers in Kampung Sungai Lalang near the town of Semenyih in the state of Selangor. Fifty-four members from eleven Inner Wheel Clubs converged in this little village bringing food and drinks and setting up stations for medical and dental checks, eye screening and a children's play area.
Gifts were piled high on the tables and given to the eagerly waving arms, such as toothpastes, toothbrushes, spectacles, colouring books, stationery and lots of toys. Every child and adult received a gift or more to take home. (For a video of this event, go to https://bit.ly/2uoDmah )
The highlight were three programmes designed to empower the villagers for self-development.
In the first, 70 fruit saplings were planted to initiate a fruit orchard in the village, a joint participation with the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja.
Secondly, a playgroup centre for the village children was also started up with contributions from various Inner Wheel Clubs of Districts 330 and 331 (Malaysia and Singapore). Suri and a few mothers have taken up the task of managing it.
Thirdly, Suri's kitchen was equipped and she was taught to bake, giving her the opportunity to earn.
In helping one family at a time, one village at a time, uplifting the quality of life of this minority community brings hope and visions of a happier future.