Sometime last year I said I'd do a small collection for orphans in the new year. Nothing much. Just RM1 a day which works out to RM30 per month.
I've managed to gather 24 orphans for a start. They are all kampong kids who now depend on the generosity of their relatives to see them through.
In starting this, I'm asking friends on the strength of trust and affordability. There were quite a number of commentators who wanted to participate. Well, you are more than welcomed. One friend just sent me an SMS saying he'll sponsor five kids!
I'm also hoping that I can start a small tuition centre for them, and for other children who are taking their exams this year. I'd rather start something small but meaningful. Giving them RM30 can help them have some pocket money, or even buy books or shoes or whatever.
I hope these children will do well in their studies. With a few friends, I'll be monitoring their progress in school and hopefully their teachers can also lend a hand. The best way we all can help these children is via education.
I'll be posting updates on these children from time to time. The imam from the mosque has agreed to help speak to these children too, and hopefully we can all do something to make sure they have a better future.
If you are keen to participate, drop me a line and I'll tell you how to do it. I've also spoken to a few other community leaders to widen the net in search for these orphans. Hopefully, within the next few weeks, I can have more orphans for us to help.
Let me share an SMS I received this evening which seemed to aptly demonstrate this whole exercise. It says: "Sometimes we put too much passion on the biggest dreams and priorities in life that we fail to love the smallest pleasures from simple things...We search so much for the right choices, for the right paths to walk through, for the right time and for the right reasons.
"But life isn't always about searching for the things than can be found. It is about letting the unexpected happen and finding things you never searched for..."