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13th Report

Posted by tt.lionel on January 25, 2015 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

20th January 2015

 

Dear Contributors,

 

Happy New Year to you and your families, from all of us at the RM10 Club! May your 2015 be filled with God’s abundant blessings as you continue to bless the children we are reaching out to.

 

 

Sponsor a Child to School Program

 

Out of the 28 children studying at Noah’s Ark Kindergarten last year, ten were of primary school age. As they have proper citizenship documents and were getting too big for kindergarten, we decided to try to get them to attend a local government school in 2015.

 

We started the “Sponsor a Child to School” program, which kicked off with tremendous support from the PTA of Tenby International School, Miri. The good response resulted in confirmed sponsorship for 11 of the 13 children. The other 2 are sponsored by our contributors from Brunei.

 

Sponsors pledge a yearly contribution for as long as the children are in school up till the age of 18 years. We hope these children will go that far. If they get there, there are many government aid programs for them to further their education.

 

Currently we have 3 children in Primary One, 3 in Primary Two, 4 in Primary Three, 1 in Primary Four and 2 in Primary Five, all registered at SK Pujut Corner. This school is near our two learning centers which makes it easy for us to monitor their attendance.

 

We purchased a used Perodua van to transport these children to school. Two of the fathers have been assigned to be the drivers.

 

 

Noah’s Ark Kindergarten at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club

 

We continue our morning classes here with 23 Penan children (some newly registered this year) aged from 3 to 6 years old. There is one 11 year old girl who has never been to school but it’s too late to enroll her into the local schools. It has been 8 months since we started the school in early April last year. We are happy to report that the children are still enjoying school and are progressing really well.

 

Pujut 5 Center

 

There are 20 children registered at the Pujut 5 Learning Center this year. Classes are open from 2pm to 4.30pm on weekdays. As they do not have identity documents, we are unable to place them into the local school system. However, we shall continue to provide them with basic education for as long as they are interested to come to school.

 

Special Mention


Special thanks must be given to the PTA of Tenby International School for helping us to raise funds and promote the “Sponsor a Child to School” program. Many of the sponsors are parents of Tenby students. The PTA also organized for the Penan women at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club to learn how to make baskets. Most are mothers of the children attending Noah’s Ark Kindergarten. The project is very successful and now the women are bringing in extra income into their households.

 

 

 

The Accounts


 

 

 

Total Spent from October to December =RM16,320.65

 

YTD = RM67,416.69

Notes:

 

Balance brought forward from 2013 RM25,343

Total received in donations for YTD 2014 RM80,009

Less Operating Expenses for YTD 2014 RM67,416

Balance of funds RM37,936

 

 

 

Please continue to help us make a difference in the future of these children. All it takes is a sacrifice of one cup of expensive coffee or tea to help us educate the poor and disadvantaged.

 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Julie & Supang

0128700757/0198544237

 

 

12th Report

Posted by tt.lionel on September 28, 2014 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

4th September, 2014

 

Dear Contributors,

 

It is time for our second report for this year and we have much to tell you.

 

Pujut 5 Learning Center is Re-opened

 

We were forced to close the Pujut 5 center in mid July due to raids from Immigration Department on some of the squatter families in Piasau. We had posted a notice on this on our website soon after it happened. A few families were detained and some deported to Sabah. Many of our students were affected. Due to fear, attendance was irregular and the decision was made to close when the Immigration Department threatened to carry out more raids on their homes.

 

We visited some of the children detained at Bekenu Detention Center but not much else could be done. Not long after, they were deported back to Sabah and we do not know what will happen to them.

 

Although a senior officer from the Immigration Department has informed that they will carry out this operation to eradicate illegals, we are allowed to continue our social work. In view of this, we have decided to bring the children back to the center, effective today. We will continue to do our work with the older children for the time being. There are 20 of them ranging from 7 to 16 years.

 

 

Noah’s Ark Kindergarten at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club

 

We continue our morning classes here with 24 Penan children aged from 3 to 10 years old. It has been 5 months since we started the school in early April. We are happy to report that the children are enjoying school and are progressing really well. The teachers are working with the older ones on the mechanics of reading and writing and foundation in Mathematics. Some of these children have proper birth documents. We hope to be able to register them in the local elementary schools in the future. This is something we would need to discuss with the management of the golf club as transportation to and from school is an issue.

 

 

Sunflower Center

 

Our teachers were sent to help out in the afternoons at Sunflower Center during the temporary closure of Pujut 5 for the whole month of August till last week. They mainly assisted in the vocational duties and cleaning of the center.

 

 

PEOPLE COACHING WORKS SDN BHD

 

We are very fortunate to have People Coaching Works Sdn Bhd as a regular contributor starting June this year. The organization is a company dedicated to developing managers into leaders and leaders into leadership masters. People Coaching Works Sdn Bhd firmly believes in taking proactive steps to contribute positively to society through its contributions. We are very grateful to them for thinking of us.

The Accounts:


 

Total Spent from May to August =RM20,372

 

YTD = RM48,862

Notes:

 

Balance brought forward from 2013 RM25,343

Total received in donations for YTD 2014 RM46,476

Less Operating Expenses for YTD 2014 RM48,862

Balance of funds RM22,957

 

 

The following is extracted from an article on stateless children written by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim published in The Star newspaper on Friday, 29th August, 2014:

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There are many categories of statelessness that apply to children in our country: they may be born in Malaysia but lack any birth records; they might be born to unwed and undocumented parents; or they may be trafficked illegally and (since they have no documentation) cannot be repatriated. Non-documentation places children in a most perilous condition. They are unable to go to school and have no access to even basic healthcare. They will not have a stable family life. They are in danger of poverty and marginalization. They are eventually exploited by employers and even by enforcement agencies. In the end, many turn to criminal activities just to keep themselves alive.

 

It is thus crucial to our well-being as a developed country that the Government deal effectively with the desperate issue of stateless children.

When we passed the Child Act in 2001, we affirmed our recognition of the fact that all children are entitled to protection and assistance, irrespective of social status and origin. This recognition followed Malaysia’s international commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. And yet, the problem of stateless children persists…

 

Children… should not be punished for the faults of their parents or for whatever reasons (which were beyond their control) that got them here in the first place…

 

If only we were to take a different view, we’d see that stateless children can be national assets and not national problems if we just managed the issue well. Putting these children in welfare homes will not solve the underlying problems because what they need is proper identification, education and public acceptance of their presence. Stateless children who are already present in Malaysia can grow up one day to form a well-trained workforce instead of becoming criminals roaming our neighborhoods at night. Helping them is one way of helping ourselves towards better security in the future.

~~~

 

We totally agree with Dr. Zaid Ibrahim’s opinion. Stateless children are innocent and not to be faulted for their situation. We should not punish them. Instead it is our basic responsibility as adults to offer them the same opportunities as we would any children with legal documentation. All this we do in the hope of them becoming contributing members of our society. In view of what’s currently happening in our country, it is very clear that we will be helping ourselves if we help these children.

 

We hope for your continued support in our humble efforts to help marginalized children in our neighborhoods, stateless or otherwise.

 

 

 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Julie & Supang

0128700757/0198544237

 


CLOSURE OF PUJUT 5 LEARNING CENTRE

Posted by tt.lionel on July 24, 2014 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Contributors, 

 

We have received information that the authorities will be carrying out raids to round up and deport the settlers at the Pujut 5 squatter area. There is not much that we can do in this situation. Thus, it is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the closure of our Pujut 5 Learning Centre with immediate effect. Notice has been given to the landlord to terminate the rental of the premises. 

 

We hope that the families may be able to start a new life with some kind of legal status, either in Sabah or back in the Philippines. We will miss the children, and pray that they may be able to put to good use whatever they have learned here to improve their situation in life. 

 

We will be focusing now on the children at our Eastwood Learning Centre. With the surplus resources, we are looking to extend the morning sessions here to full day. We hope that you will continue to support our cause to provide basic education to these under-privileged children. 

 

Thank you. 

 

Julie and Supang

23 July 2014

11th Report

Posted by tt.lionel on May 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

10th May 2014

 

Dear Contributors,

 

Learning Center at Miri By-Pass golf club

I’m happy to report that we have started the new learning center at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club. The management of the club very kindly allocated two empty units of the staff barracks for the school, free of rent. We put in the furniture and educational materials and made the rooms into a conducive learning place for the Penan children. We started on Monday the 7th April with 23 children aged from 3 to 8 years old and one who is 10. The children settled in quickly and have certainly made a lot of progress since then.

 

Mr. Jeremy from Sin Siang Hai very kindly donated the tables and chairs for this center.

 

Learning Center at Pujut 5

We have started a class for children aged between 4 to 6 years at the Pujut 5 center. More than 15 registered but we were not able to take them all due to limited space and resources. The total number of children here is now 36 and we are still running two sessions as we do not have enough teachers. At least 8 of the older ones have left to earn a living to help their families. We are happy that they have obtained some level of reading and math skills from the center. Their future remains uncertain as most of them do not have the necessary documents yet. Having said that, these teenagers are able to read and write because of your generosity. It has made so much difference to them, to be able to understand so much more of the world they live in. This is something we who are more fortunate often take for granted.

 

You have made a huge difference to 14 year Albak, who had never attended school before coming to our center. He joined in late January this year and has made a lot of progress. He is just one of the many children whose lives you have touched! Please continue to support us 

Photo Albums

Please view our latest photos for our two operating centers in the photos section.

The accounts:

 

Notes:

 

1. We have added one more teacher to cater for the children at Eastwood Golf Club thus the increase in teachers’ allowances and EFP/Socso.

 

2. Food expenses increased to cater for additional students.

 

3. No more capital expenditure is expected.

 

4. Expenses for stationery and educational materials are high for March and April as we had purchase for the two new kindergarten groups.

 

Balance brought forward from 2013 RM25,343

 

Total received in donations for YTD 2014 RM30,484

 

Less Operating Expenses for YTD 2014 RM28,490

 

Balance of funds RM27,337

 

For as little as RM10 per month, let us each make a difference in these children’s lives. Give them the gift of reading and writing. It is a very small burden for us to bear, to show that we care, in the hope that they will grow up and be positive contributors to society too.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Julie & Supang

 

0128700757/0198544237

 


 

4th Quarter Report (Report #10)

Posted by tt.lionel on February 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

14th February, 2014

 

Dear Contributors, 

 

A very Happy New Year to all and a very happy Chap Goh Mei to all our Chinese friends. This year is expected to be a very busy one for our teachers and volunteers as we are making plans to reach out to more marginalized children. We expect to have about 80 children in two centers in Miri. 

 

Learning Center at Pujut 5

The learning center at Lot 1119, Jalan Limau 2, Pujut 5B, Miri started with 35 children this year and will be accomodating 12 more when the furniture is ready. Out of this 47children, 22 are new. All these new ones have not had any education and will start from scratch. The ages range from 3 to 16 years.

 

Learning Center at Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club

The new learning center at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club is confirmed to start operating this year. We are waiting for the furniture to be delivered, and target to start in the middle of March or April. We have a list of 35 children aged from 3 to 7 years old.

 

Visit to Fruit Farm on 11th January, 2014

A donor invited the older children and teachers to help themselves to rambutans, langsat, chempedak and chiku from her farm in Bekenu. Everyone had fun climbing the trees and plucking the fruits.

 

Visit from Shell KL on 6th February, 2014

A few staff from Shell KL visited us on 6th February this year. They played games with the children and treated them to a KFC lunch. They also donated stationery and packets of powder Milo. They were impressed with the kids and plan to make another visit.

 

The Accounts

Notes:

Printing & stationeries was RM5,000 for October because we printed calendars to sell for fund raising. We manage to raise RM2,332 from the sales of 500 copies. As it has proven to be quite successful, this will be one of our fund raising tool each year.

Balance brought forward from 2012 RM28,539

Total received in donations/sales of calendars in 2013 RM56,322

Less Operating Expenses in 2013 RM59,518

Balance of funds RM25,343

 

We hope that you will continue to support our efforts to help these children, and encourage your friends, relatives and colleagues to do so as well. A little from many can really make a positive difference to these children’s lives.

 

May we all be reminded by this:

"Hands are given to us so that we may perform good act and offer the flower of service. Of all the righteous acts, help rendered to those needing it is the most righteous"

 

Yours Sincerely,

Julie & Supang

0128700757/0198544237


Baronia Sports & Recreation Club Donate

Posted by tt.lionel on December 5, 2013 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Baronia Sports & Recreation Club Donate

En M Iqmal Reza B Shaharudin, Organising Chairman of the event handing over the collection to Mdm Julie.

On 1 December, the Baronia Sports and Recreation Club held their Treasure Hunt Closing Ceremony and Safe Worker Appreciation Dinner at Beach Republic.

During the dinner, prizes were handed out to the winners of the Treasure Hunt which had been held on the previous day. It was also to recognize winners of the Safe Worker Awards, and to show appreciation to the families of the Baronia Offshore Crew for their support to their husbands/ fathers/ brothers.

The organizing committee kindly allocated some time for Mdm Julie to make a short presentation to share the aspirations of the RM10 Club, and the work that we are currently doing. A donation box was passed round after the presentation, and a total of RM502 was collected.

En Iqmal Reza, the event organizing chairman handed over the donation to Mdm Julie.

We would like to extend a big “Thank you” from the bottom of our hearts to BSRC members and their families for their kind and generous donations.

2013 Q3 Report (9th Report)

Posted by tt.lionel on November 4, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

3rd November 2013

 

Dear Contributors,

 

The children at the centre are still happily attending classes and making good progress. We have obtained a second-hand Perodua Kenari at no cost for the teachers’ transportation to and from the centre. This car also provides transportation for one student from a Krokop construction site. The other children either walk or use their bicycles to come to school.

 

Fund Raising Calendar

Kenneth Lee, a local freelance photographer has contributed his photos for us to put together a 2014 calendar to raise some funds. 500 were printed and we are glad to report we have sold almost all in two weeks. Many thanks to those who have helped us sell the calendars. The front pages can be found in the photo section of our website.

 

Sphere Secondhand Books

Malcolm and Clara, owners of Sphere Secondhand Books came from Kuching to visit us in early October. They pledged to help us financially by donating RM2 from each book they sell. They spent some time playing games and interacting with the children. A good time was had by all.

 

Penan Children

Plans are in the pipeline to reach out to Penan children who are staying in barracks at Eastwood Golf and Country Club, Miri. We have approached the management to allow us to use a small area of the premise to educate these children. There are about 20 of them, aged from 3 to 7 years. We plan to start the classes some time in January 2014.

 

End of Year Holiday

The last day of school for this year is on Friday 15th November, 2013.Classes will resume on Tuesday 7th January, 2014.

 

Second-hand Clothing and Books

Please keep us in mind when you do your annual purging of old clothes, shoes and books before the festive seasons. Call us and we will arrange to collect or you can send them to Lot 1119, Jalan Limau 2, Pujut 5B.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Q2 Report

Posted by tt.lionel on July 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

8th July 2013

 

Dear Contributors,

 

New centre

The children are settled into the new place at Lot 1119, Jalan Limau 2, Pujut 5B and classes continue as usual. Unfortunately there was one occasion when a neighbor showed his displeasure at the racket the children caused while making their way to school. Supang and I had to make our apologies and all is well for the moment.

 

The children continue to make good progress and most of the older ones are now reading more fluently and with better understanding of the English language.

The teachers cook a meal for the children daily with an occasional takeout. We also have a cleaning day once a month to keep the place clean and tidy.

 

Patron

We are proud to announce that Mr. Ronald C. Klyne is now officially the patron of our organization. Mr. Klyne is the Group Managing Director for Patronics (S) Pte. Ltd.

 

Number of students

The number of students has dropped to 38 due to the following reasons:

• Six of the Primary 6 children are attending after school revision classes in preparation for the coming exams.

• Three have left because the families have moved to Airport area and we have no means to pick them up.

• Five have left to work to help their parents, mostly working at the nearby coffee shops washing dishes or serving.

 

The attendance of some of the older girls (aged between 9 and 15) has been erratic as they have to babysit their younger siblings while their mothers go out to search for work. There are some construction projects going on in Pujut which have attracted the mothers to work as they are within walking distances and they need the income, in some cases, very desperately.

 

MONTHLY EXPENSES / OUTLAY 2013 January- March (RM)

January February March

Teacher's allowances 1,800.00 1,930.00 1,650.00

EPF & Socso (161.00) 183.25 213.65

Rental 600.00 600.00 600.00

Photocopy/Misc/Stationeries 626.90 222.80 2,222.80

Electricity and water 152.20 159.36

Snacks for whole school 1,059.26 680.19 1,081.70

Training of teachers 200.00 160.00 140.00

Total expenses 4,125.16 3,928.44 6,067.51

Other outlay:

Paid deposit to new landlord RM3,000.00

 

 


MONTHLYEXPENSES / OUTLAY 2013 April- June (RM)

April May June

Teacher's allowances 1,500.00 1,510.00 1,760.00

EPF & Socso 235.65 213.65 183.15

Rental 800.00 700.00 700.00

Photocopy/Misc/Stationeries 765.70 713.10 585.40

Electricity and water 21.60 158.75 11.35

Snacks for whole school 1,385.20 1080.05 716.00

Training of teachers 180.00 140.00 120.00

Total expenses 4,888.15 4,515.55 4,075.90

 


Balance brought forward from 2012 RM 28,539

Add donations received this year to date RM 28,107

Less operating expenses this year to date RM 27,601

Less deposit paid to new landlord RM 3,000

Received refund from ex landlord RM 1,600

Balance of funds RM 27,645

 

 


Used clothing

Please think of us when you do your spring cleaning or are considering a wardrobe change. We welcome all used (still in good condition please) clothing items including shoes. We can arrange to pick up the items or you may kindly deliver them to the above mentioned address. Please do not give us any toys.

 

Thank you for continuing to support The Ten Ringgit Club. Please feel free to email or call if you have any queries or concerns regarding the report or the accounts.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

For Ten Ringgit Club

 

Ms. Juliana Lee

thetenringgitclub@yahoo.com

012-8700757

 

Ms. Wong Hie Eng

019-8544237

 

 

2013 Q1 Report

Posted by tt.lionel on April 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

5th April 2013

 

Dear Contributors,

 

New centre

This report brings the good news that we have moved to a residential house at Lot 1119, Jalan Limau 2, Pujut 5B. We started our operation at the new place on 18th March. The children like the new place as it is more like a home and more conducive for learning.

We now have a fully equipped kitchen for cooking our own meals and also for the children to learn to bake. The rental for this new place is Rm800 per month. We do not expect a lot of changes to the operating expenses.

 

Number of students

Some of the children who joined us from Pujut Corner earlier have stopped coming as they have moved to another area which is too far from our centre. We now have 52 of which 29 attend the morning session and the rest comes in the afternoon.

 

Part time work

We now have regular demand for house cleaning and some of the children work on the weekend. Do call us if you need part time help at your home.


 


 

Notes to accounts:

 

1. Number of paid teachers remains at 3 but Epf and Socso contributions are now applicable.

2. There were purchases for items for the new centre in March when we moved.

3. Total contribution received this year from Jan to March 2013 is Rm14,077.

 

Balance brought forward from 2012 Rm27,557

Add donations received this year to date 14,077

Less operating expenses this year to date 14,931

Less deposit paid to new landlord 3,000

Add deposit to be refunded by old landlord 1,600

 

Balance of funds Rm25,303

 

Thank you for continuing to support The Ten Ringgit Club. Please feel free to email or call if you have any queries or concerns regarding the report or the accounts.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

For Ten Ringgit Club

 

Ms. Juliana Lee

thetenringgitclub@yahoo.com

012-8700757

 

Ms. Wong Hie Eng

019-8544237

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Report Oct-Dec 2012

Posted by tt.lionel on January 28, 2013 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

21st January 2013

 

Dear Contributors,

 

Happy New Year to everyone and may this year bring health and happiness to all.

Our centre reopened on Monday, 7th January and all the children turned up with great enthusiasm and excitement.

 

Increase in number of students

Seven more children joined us this January. Three are from Pujut Corner, three from Pujut 5 and 1 from Pujut 8 . Their ages range from 8 to 14 years. The total is now 57.

 

Working for pocket money

We have started to introduce part time work for the older children. We took the opportunity to look for odd jobs during this Chinese New Year period. Some of our friends need their houses to be cleaned so it is good opportunity for the children to earn some pocket money. So if you ever need some house cleaning or weeding in your garden, do contact us. We will send the children to your premises and supervise them while they work. Charges will be levied according to the type of work involved.

 

 

Notes to accounts:

 

1. Operating expenses:

Spent RM 8,811 in 2011.

Year to date 2012: RM 33,875 Total spent to date RM 52,969

2. Rental went up to RM 600 in the last two months as ex-owner of tuition centre has stopped using our centre.

3. Number of paid teachers remains at 3

Total monthly contributors: 63 Total one- off contributors: 119

Total received from monthly contributors to date: RM 23,691

Total received from one-off contributors: RM 70,436

Total received: RM 94,127

 

Less total spent on operating expenses: RM 52,969

Less spent on reading materials: RM 12,002

Less rental deposit RM1,600

Less purchase of furniture Rm5,000

Gross total spent: RM 71570

Balance: RM 22,558

 

We need more volunteers

As our number of students is increasing, we need more volunteers to come forward to help with the teaching. If you can spare some time, please do call us.

 

Thank you for continuing to support The Ten Ringgit Club. Please feel free to email or call if you have any queries or concerns regarding the report or the accounts.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

For Ten Ringgit Club

 

Ms. Juliana Lee

thetenringgitclub@yahoo.com

012-8700757

 

Ms. Wong Hie Eng

019-8544237

 


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