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The scourge of human trafficking: Is there hope?

By Edmond Lee
World Vision Malaysia

The world is moving
In 2015, Europe faced an unprecedented refugee crisis. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that 1,011,700 migrants arrived there by sea and almost 34,900 by land.

Many of these refugees hailed from Syria, where the civil war rages on, driving families from their homes and forcing them on a dangerous journey to the safety of Europe’s shores. They face uncertain futures, but to them, that is preferable to almost certain death.

Unfortunately, where there is human suffering and desperation, there are people ready to exploit it.

The tragic costs of human trafficking
Closer to home, news broke in May 2015 that 28 illegal human trafficking camps had been found along the border between Malaysia and Thailand, near which were found 139 mass graves filled with the bodies of migrants. This case, and the subsequent trial of 92 human traffickers in Thailand, threw more light on the horrific spectre of human trafficking.

The scale of the problem is staggering: an estimated 21 million people have been trafficked worldwide – victims of a ‘business’ that has made $32 billion in profits. Sadly, 5.5 million children have been caught by this dark trade, forced to beg, perform hard labour, or even become sex workers.

Although traffickers often prey on refugee children, more commonly they lure underprivileged children and youths into their sinister web by the promise of steady work abroad.  Economic desperation at home often places enormous pressure on migrating young people to succeed and send money to their families; helping their families survive can make even the worst hardships seem worthwhile.

Occasionally, victims of trafficking escape or get rescued, but continuing poverty and suffering is driving more people into the arms of criminals every day. What can stem the tide?

A reason to stay

Sauphorn with a large harvest of corn.

If economic desperation is a key reason people choose to leave, then economic opportunities can persuade them to stay. Take Sauphorn, a woman in Leuk Daek, Cambodia. Previously, during the dry seasons, she didn’t have the water to grow crops.

“I felt so upset when we didn’t have much food,” she says. “My children would get sick because they didn’t have enough.” In this vulnerable state, Sauphorn could have been swayed by the opportunity to earn an income abroad to care for her children at home.

But after World Vision arrived in her community, she was empowered to keep her children healthy through health and hygiene education, and has even gone on to train others in her community. By learning best practices for farming, her yields have more than quadrupled.

World Vision is transitioning out of her community soon, but she isn’t worried. “World Vision has already strengthened me for 10 years.” With her newfound confidence and expertise, others in her community gain the resilience to stay.

Education empowers
Traffickers often prey on the less-educated, but they would have a hard time in Leuk Daek, Cambodia. Families now have food security and know the value of education, so more and more children are able to go to school, where they can learn more about their rights and how not to be taken advantage of.

One such student is Bunteum, who is now 22.

His parents struggled to feed their family of 10. But through World Vision, they learned life skills and agriculture expertise that enabled them to provide for their family.

Bunteum now shares his knowledge as a school teacher and advisor to the Youth Club.

By taking part in the World Vision Youth Club, Bunteum learned about children’s rights and how to help his community. He worked alongside World Vision to raise awareness on education, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and of course, human trafficking.

All of this had a lasting impact on Bunteum’s life. “After I joined the club, I understood about my future. I could prepare my plan,” he says. He finished school and has returned to his community as a primary school teacher. He also consults with the Youth Club, educating and empowering a new generation of children.

Having hope keeps them safe
In 2013, the UN adopted a resolution to make 30 July the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Raising awareness is indeed important, but awareness alone won’t keep vulnerable children and families away from human traffickers; not as long as the economic rewards seem to outweigh the risks.

But what is true in Leuk Daek is true everywhere: by giving communities access to education, economic opportunities and social protection, children and families won’t succumb to the risks of trafficking and exploitation in order to survive. The promise of hope and self-sufficiency will keep them safe at home, where they belong.

By sponsoring a child, you can give families hope and help them resist traffickers. Click here to become a child sponsor today.



马来西亚世界宣明会推动土立(Tulid)社区发展计划的目的是要支援沙巴州贫困社区的迫切需要。在我们的合作伙伴善牧社会福利基金会(Good Shepherd Services, 前称Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd)的协助之下,长期驻守沙巴的马来西亚世界宣明会团队已经推行了各种项目,以解决沙巴孩童在教育、健康和保护儿童措施方面的需求。经过两年时间的评估、资料搜集和社区探访,这项社区发展计划正式于2014年开始启动。




WVM CEO Dato Ir. K J Abraham with the children of Mukim Tulid. 马来西亚世界宣明会执行总裁拿督亚伯拉罕与土立社区的孩童合影。
Photo caption: 马来西亚世界宣明会执行总裁拿督亚伯拉罕与土立社区的孩童合影。




我们的第一站是Kabatang Baru小学,马来西亚世界宣明会和这所学校合作推动了多个项目。该学校的师生感谢世界宣明会所给予的援助。世界宣明会支援学校重新修建了图书馆,使其焕然一新。图书馆增添了色彩明亮的书架和各种类型的书籍。社区里的家长和考完UPSR的学生们前来一起建造书架和涂漆。其后,世界宣明会供应了许多教育类书籍,以启迪孩子们的智慧与心灵。

The WVM visiting team and volunteers met the students of a pre-school in Mukim Tulid. 马来西亚世界宣明会探访团和志工们与土立社区一所幼儿园的学童们相见。
Photo caption: 马来西亚世界宣明会探访团和志工们与土立社区一所幼儿园的学童们相见。


A mural at a pre-school painted by WVM staff. 马来西亚世界宣明会同仁为一所幼儿园绘制了一幅壁画。Photo caption: 马来西亚世界宣明会同仁为一所幼儿园绘制了一幅壁画。



Kawakaan小学的副校长Gibin Gansayak笃定地说:「世界宣明会赠送的作业簿帮助提升了我们学生的成绩,特别是那些就读六年级的学生。」来自马来西亚全国各地的支持者的爱心,给了孩子一个丰盛且充满希望的未来。




Building Gotong Royong: Community leader En. Sainggun briefs (from left) WVM Board member Gary Soon, WVM Malaysian Programmes manager Lydia Lee, WVM CEO Dato’ Ir. K J Abraham and WVM Board member Dorothy Teoh on the building of the preschool cum community centre. 社区领袖Sainggun(左)正在向马来西亚世界宣明会理事会成员孙添灵、本地发展计划经理李珊珊、执行总裁拿督亚伯拉罕及理事会成员赵秋霞讲解有关建立幼儿园校舍和社区中心的详情。Photo caption: 社区领袖Sainggun(左)正在向马来西亚世界宣明会理事会成员孙添灵、本地发展计划经理李珊珊、执行总裁拿督亚伯拉罕及理事会成员赵秋霞讲解有关建立幼儿园校舍和社区中心的详情。







The U-12 Football League was full of thrills and spills. 12岁以下儿童足球比赛洋溢着汗水、热情与欢笑。Photo caption: 12岁以下儿童足球比赛洋溢着汗水、热情与欢笑。




GirlsPhoto caption: 孩子们根据接收到的指示来进行分组。粉红力量不容小觑!



Stories of a Malaysian community transformed

How it all began

World Vision Malaysia’s Tulid Community Development Programme (CDP) was born as a response to the pressing needs of the poor in Sabah. With the help of local partner Good Shepherd Services (formerly Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd), our dedicated and passionate WVM team in Sabah set into motion a programme that would address the needs of Sabah’s children in Education, Health and Child Protection. Two years of thorough assessment, research and gruelling legwork later, the CDP officially started operations in 2014.

And signs of change are increasing by the day.

Seeing the transformation firsthand

In August 2015, World Vision Malaysia CEO Dato’ Ir. K J Abraham, Board Chair Ms. Catherine Choong and Board of Trustees members Ms. Dorothy Teoh and Mr. Gary Soon paid a visit to the Tulid CDP to witness how the community had changed in just a few short years. The group visited three villages in Mukim Tulid and even had the opportunity to watch the second annual Under-12 Football League in Kg. Simbuan.

WVM CEO Dato Ir. K J Abraham with the children of Mukim Tulid. 马来西亚世界宣明会执行总裁拿督亚伯拉罕与土立社区的孩童合影。
Photo caption: WVM CEO Dato Ir. K J Abraham with the children of Mukim Tulid.

Prior to 2014, any visitor to Mukim Tulid would find a community marked by great need. But today, we have many heartwarming accounts of a community being transformed for the better.

Nurturing the love of learning

The visit kicked off with a briefing by WVM Malaysian Programmes Manager Lydia Lee, who has been a key member of the CDP team since the start. The group’s itinerary was packed to the brim, with a visit to the site of WVM’s beginnings in Sabah, a tour of a primary school, a family visit, and a trip to a pre-school.

The first stop was SK Kabatang Baru, a primary school WVM has been partnering with on various projects. They were filled with great appreciation for WVM’s help and support, which was plainly visible everywhere you looked.  In particular, SK Kabatang Baru’s library was truly a sight to behold, with brightly-coloured wooden shelves heavily laden with books of all kinds. A true community effort, parents and students who had finished their UPSR examinations came together to build and paint the shelves. Then, WVM lined them with educational books, a true treasure trove for young minds.

The WVM visiting team and volunteers met the students of a pre-school in Mukim Tulid. 马来西亚世界宣明会探访团和志工们与土立社区一所幼儿园的学童们相见。
Photo caption: The WVM visiting team and volunteers met the students of a pre-school in Mukim Tulid.

With an eye on health, WVM sponsored a sink project in the school to encourage students to wash their hands properly. An illustrated hand-washing guide has pride of place above the sink, a contribution from the Health Department. The visit concluded with a tour of the pre-school, where 25 bright-eyed students greeted the visitors and joyfully posed for the clicking cameras. A beautiful nature-themed mural painted by WVM staff covers one of the walls, a vibrant and colourful reminder of our service in the community.

A mural at a pre-school painted by WVM staff. 马来西亚世界宣明会同仁为一所幼儿园绘制了一幅壁画。Photo caption: A mural at a pre-school painted by WVM staff.

Typical of the growing enthusiasm for education in Mukim Tulid was Mr. Pius and his family. Pius, a father of six, spoke eloquently about how WVM had raised awareness among parents about their role in their children’s future. As he thanked the staff, Pius spoke about the visible difference in Maatol’s children ever since WVM began its efforts in the area. He might have been thinking about his own son, Oswald—who scored 4 A’s and 1 B in the 2014 UPSR examinations—when he said, “Education is an inheritance that cannot be replaced.” Mr. Gary Soon echoed Pius’ sentiment, saying that “education is the link to progress, and parents are seeing that.”

The generosity of caring Malaysians has certainly made a huge impact on education in Tulid, in particular through the learning resources donated via World Vision’s Gifts of Hope programme. Sekolah Kebangsaan Kawakaan is the top school not only in Mukim Tulid, but in the district of Keningau!*, with 10 out of 23 students achieving straight As and 95.7% of students passing the 2015 UPSR national exams.

SK Kawakaan Penolong Kanan Cikgu Gibin Gansayak affirmed, “World Vision’s gift of school workbooks has helped improve our students’ grades, especially those in Standard Six.”  Indeed, the big hearts of our supporters across Malaysia are giving children here hope of a future free of poverty and need.

*Statistics provided by Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Keningau Sabah

The spirit of community

Next on the itinerary was a visit to Kg. Mokotog, where community members led by Wakil Ketua Anak Negeri (WKAN) En. Sainggun were building their own pre-school-cum-community centre gotong-royong style with materials provided by WVM**. In the spirit of cooperation, everyone in the community had a role to play. The building was designed by the villagers themselves during meetings organised by World Vision. Two community members stepped up to become future pre-school teachers and received training from Pendidikan PraSekolah SIB, WVM’s close partner in Sabah.

Building Gotong Royong: Community leader En. Sainggun briefs (from left) WVM Board member Gary Soon, WVM Malaysian Programmes manager Lydia Lee, WVM CEO Dato’ Ir. K J Abraham and WVM Board member Dorothy Teoh on the building of the preschool cum community centre. 社区领袖Sainggun(左)正在向马来西亚世界宣明会理事会成员孙添灵、本地发展计划经理李珊珊、执行总裁拿督亚伯拉罕及理事会成员赵秋霞讲解有关建立幼儿园校舍和社区中心的详情。Photo caption: Community leader En. Sainggun briefs (from left) WVM Board member Gary Soon, WVM Malaysian Programmes manager Lydia Lee, WVM CEO Dato’ Ir. K J Abraham and WVM Board member Dorothy Teoh on the building of the preschool cum community centre

Board member Ms. Dorothy Teoh was inspired by what she saw. “The communities’ response and involvement was very heartening. The fact that they’ve taken ownership of the pre-school project will help ensure its sustainability. They may not have much but they gave what they had – their hands and their time.”

Board Chair Ms. Catherine Choong sums it up, “Seeing the community come together to build the pre-school building was such an encouragement, and a prequel to future possibilities.”

The partnership of GSS was critical in helping us make inroads into Tulid and build lasting relationships with community members. We could not have achieved so much without their support.

**The pre-school and community centre was completed and opened on 27 November 2015.

Going for the goal

One of the highlights of the visit was an afternoon spent watching the Under-12 Football League in Kg. Simbuan. Even in rural Sabah, football is an obsession like no other sport, which makes it a perfect platform to promote health and nutrition for children. Besides, football is a great way to bring communities together and give children a safe environment to play and grow.

The U-12 Football League was full of thrills and spills. 12岁以下儿童足球比赛洋溢着汗水、热情与欢笑。Photo caption: The U-12 Football League was full of thrills and spills.

During the League, the hosts’ A-team swept to victory in convincing fashion over four rival villages. After the thrills and spills of the League, community members and the WVM group participated in a relaxed and friendly coconut bowling competition, in which WVM carried off the honours amidst plenty of laughs and cheers.

By leaps and bounds

All in all, Tulid CDP has grown in leaps and bounds since work first began in 2012. Reflecting on the visit, Dato’ Ir. K J Abraham said, “I’m very encouraged, coming here and seeing the possibilities, and meeting the families and parents.” With WVM’s programme now firmly established in the Mukim Tulid district, there is great potential for lasting change and development among communities in the area.

GirlsWhen asked for her thoughts on the programme, Lydia Lee mused, “Tulid is a picture of God’s goodness and faithfulness. He has sent us to show His love in action.” Indeed, we thank God for the progress made in Tulid, Sabah. Here’s to many more years of transformation!

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Passionate about being a child sponsor

“RM130 for two children may not be a lot, but to know that it can help complete two development projects truly encourages me. If all of us play a part and sponsor just one child, what an impact that would be!”  –Lisa Chang Siew Ling, Child Sponsor of 2 children

For Lisa, the most satisfying part of child sponsorship is when World Vision successfully phases out of the community. That’s when the families have become self-reliant and the community takes ownership of its future development.

“It (child sponsorship) is more than just a donation. It helps lay a solid foundation for sustainable development and brings hope to children living in poverty,” she explains. Lisa is convinced that through World Vision’s long-term development work, her sponsored children and their communities will thrive and have promising futures.

Lisa had felt compelled to sponsor a child after reading stories of poverty around the world and about World Vision’s work among the poor. Her first sponsored child was from Xinjiang, China. Later, while volunteering at a World Vision experiential booth, she decided to sponsor her second child – a boy from Praiburng, Thailand. The experience is very meaningful and emotional for as she puts herself in the shoes of those struggling to survive daily because of poverty. The stories she had read came to life for her! Since then, Lisa hardly missed volunteering at any World Vision’s events as long as time permits. She is always happy to share with people about child sponsorship and its concept in bringing about lasting change.

In 2013, her commitment to bringing about change in Xinjiang came to an end as World Vision phased out of the community. Without a second thought, Lisa continued her sponsorship with another child, also from China but in another area development programme.

The vulnerability of children especially those facing the harsh reality of poverty had left a deep impression on Lisa. She is determined to continue helping these children find hope and a way out of the vicious cycle of poverty through World Vision’s child sponsorship programme.

Sponsor a Child today and give him or her a promising future!

Joys of Child Sponsorship

“I want them to know that there is someone out there in the world who loves them.”
Elle Chin, Child Sponsor of 2 children

The year was 2013 when Elle came face to face with the sad reality of poverty during a World Vision Famine Advocate trip to Basanthi, India. Meeting 11-year old Parama was a defining moment for her.

Photographed with Parama during the 2013 Famine Advocates’ Visit to Basanthi, India.

Parama lives with her aging grandmother. They had been battling hunger, having little to eat each day. When Elle met them, the hungry little girl was shivering and her hands were cold. Elle gave them a bag of rice and what happened next tugged at her heartstrings. Parama’s grandmother burst into tears of joy and gratitude! Today, Elle is relieved to know that Parama is being sponsored under World Vision’s child sponsorship programme.

Elle’s child sponsorship journey began after she participated in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine Camp back in 2007. It taught her that every single effort counts, no matter how small it may be.

“It was alarming to know that many children do not live past their 5th birthday due to poverty. Sponsoring a child is the least I can do to bring lasting change in the lives of these children living in difficult circumstances. I know many who are hesitant to commit to a long-term sponsorship programme but having been a child sponsor for many years, I can assure you that the money spent is worthwhile – as we will see lasting change in the lives of those struggling with poverty,” said Elle, who is now World Vision Malaysia’s Youth Mobiliser.

For Elle, it is sheer joy whenever she receives her sponsored children’s drawings, letters and photos. Reading each child’s personal progress as well as their community development encourages her and she feels blessed to have played a part.

“Through letters and gifts, I hope that I can encourage my sponsored children to achieve their dreams. I want them to know that there is someone out there in the world who loves them.”

Sponsor a child today! Be part of World Vision’s work in bringing hope to children and communities in need.


「在我们的生命中,应该做些有意义的事。之前在电视上看到关于世界宣明会的资讯。当我想为有需要的社群出一份力时,就自然而然联想到世界宣明会。当我开始 助养第一名助养童时,当时的每月助养费是50令吉。这笔善款不算多,但却能帮助到有需要的社群,非常有意义。我很高兴能成为儿童助养计划里的其中一个助养 人。 」世界宣明会志工兼儿童助养人——黄丽娟(Rachel Ng)分享道。





「我们和当地的孩子相处得非常愉快,最感动我的是,有个孩子问我马来西亚远不远?问我可不可以留下来陪他。他说话的时候,还靠在我的身上呢。 」短短几天的相处,孩子们的热情融化了黄丽娟,让她留下了深刻的回忆。













Helping Victims of Violence Against Women – Like My Mother

Today on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Kristian Foster of World Vision Canada shares her own story – and describes how World Vision’s work is helping change the stories of women and girls around the world.

I first experienced male violence when I was 12 years old. My mother’s boyfriend grabbed me by my arms and yelled at me for touching his beard. Little did I know it at the time, but he was schizophrenic. I wasn’t really the cause of his anger. Still, my bruises were more than skin deep. I would never touch another man’s face.

In university, my gender relations professor asked us to interview someone about their history with violence. I decided to interview my mom. This was the first time I learned that, before I was even born, she had been kidnapped and raped.

Thankfully, my mom had escaped after four days. She made life as normal as possible for me and my brothers in the years ahead. I don’t know how, but she somehow buried the experience deep down inside, and hid it from the three of us until we were adults. She worked hard to be a wonderful mom, in spite of what she’d been through.

I feel so fortunate now to serve with World Vision, an organization that helps women and girls all over the world. While my mom went through something too brutal to imagine, there was no question that, after her escape, she’d be able to return to our house. I’ve learned that in some countries, many rape victims don’t even have that option.

A weapon of war

Women and girls all over the world are potential targets of violence, whether by family members, boyfriends or strangers. Rape is often used as a weapon of war. The Democratic Republic of Congo has some of the worst rape statistics in the world. In North Kivu during the first half of 2012, it was recorded that 2,517 people, overwhelmingly women, had survived rape.

Safi* is one of those survivors. She was raped by soldiers two years ago while she, her mother-in-law and other women were coming back from the market where they were selling vegetable oil.

“After I was raped, my husband denied me,” she says. “I was rejected. It was so painful to get separated from my children. It was unfair because it was not my fault.”

s130292-1: Bringing Hope of a Brighter Life to Survivors of Rape in Eastern Congo
Safi was raped by soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and blamed by her husband.

Fortunately, Safi met a fellow survivor, Florence, who leads an organization supported by World Vision to provide help to victims of sexual violence.

The journey home

After their recovery, the women are welcomed into a community of other survivors: women and girls who understand what they’re been through. When a woman is ready, the organization reaches out to her family on her behalf, helping them understand that the rape was beyond her control. This begins a reconciliation process with the families, and helps the women start the next chapters of their lives.

In Safi’s case, the process is working. She is back in her community with her family, and now runs her own business. The proceeds have helped the family build a sturdier shelter than they had before. It seems that, as with my mom, rape has not got the better of her.

“I am happy today,” says Safi. “I have all my children with me. My husband also accepted to take me back. I have built a house where (we) can stay. I feel so grateful. Other women like me are still living in huts and under plastic sheets. Others are still being raped or taken hostage in the bush. I can’t forget them, I pray that God’s hands reach and help them just like me.”

A way to help

Many countries have grassroots programs for women and girls who are victims of violence. They offer things like medical care, counselling, and places to live as the victims heal. Like Safi, many rape victims are blamed by their friends and even families. They need advocates as they ease back into normal life. As part of its ongoing work against poverty and injustice, World Vision provides support to many of these grassroots programs.

Safi is living proof that there is hope, even in the darkest conditions. If you are looking for a way to help girls and women, you can choose to sponsor a girl child through World Vision Malaysia.

*name changed for protection

This story was originally shared on Huffington Post Canada.

Building Relationships with my Sponsored Children

“Sponsoring a child was not an instantaneous decision but definitely a meaningful one.”
Yu Foong Sin, Child Sponsor of 3 children

It was the concept of building a relationship with the sponsored child that interested Foong Sin the most when she was deciding to sponsor a child. After learning more about World Vision’s work, she decided to take the step to sponsor a child in 2011 – Thi Pan, a little girl from Vietnam.

When Foong Sin received Thi Pan’s profile, she had the thought of visiting her someday.

She did.

Foong Sin
Foong Sin joined a child sponsors’ visit to Vietnam in 2012. She finally met Thi Pan face to face, and even her parents. Foong Sin was happy to know that Thi Pan’s parents were committed to her education and well-being. She also saw firsthand the dedication and commitment of the World Vision staff in reaching out to help and transform the local communities for self-sustainability. Due to the remote location of the communities, the staff had to travel the long distances on harsh roads but they didn’t mind. It was a heart-warming and eye-opening experience for her.

Foong Sin first got to know about World Vision and its work through a roadshow event.  Because of that, today she is a dedicated volunteer for World Vision roadshows, with a mission to tell others about the concept of child sponsorship.

“It is pure joy to see a child thrive and all it takes is giving a small portion of what we have. For those contemplating to join the child sponsorship journey, be assured that you will not regret it as you’ll be making a real difference. Knowing that my small giving can give the children better opportunities in life truly encourages me as a child sponsor,” says Foong Sin who now sponsors 3 children – from Vietnam, Myanmar and China.

Having a Heart for Children

“Our first encounter with World Vision was through its child sponsorship programme. It has truly been life-changing and fulfilling to see our sponsored children growing up healthy, happy and with the hope of a better future.” Eric Tham & Diane Vo, Child Sponsors of 3 children

A couple who has the heart for children, Eric and Diane first sponsored a child in 2010. When they started to volunteer their time and service at World Vision, they learned more about the impact of World Vision’s work among children and communities in need. As a result, they decided to sponsor two more children.

The epitome of their sponsorship journey was their visits to the sponsored children’s home in Myanmar and South Africa. They saw for themselves how World Vision’s development projects were empowering the local community. The dedication and care of the staff working among the sponsored children and the communities truly touched them. It was a wonderful time of bonding as they interacted with the local people. Most of all, it was priceless to be able to play and spend time with their sponsored children! They were finally able to see them face to face, instead of just looking at the photos they had been receiving.

“Today, as World Vision’s volunteers, we are doing what we can to inspire others to join us on the child sponsorship journey! We believe that we are not only changing the lives of our sponsored children; they have in fact changed ours, too,” said Eric Tham.

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「我觉得身为一个助养人,应该常写信给助养童。我探访美撒良的时候,看到孩子收到助养人的信是有多么开心。所以我也常鼓励其他助养人写信给助养童,哪怕是短短的几句话。这些信件和话语是可以让孩子更勇敢成长的动力。」Emily Teoh非常恳切且真挚地这么说。

2014年,Emily偕同外甥女参加了美撒良亲子探访之旅。在这趟旅程中,Emily有机会看到社区小孩的日常生活。Emily说,「世界宣明会推行的发展计划真的帮了他们很多」。比如说,喝水这件事对马来西亚人来说,是再简单自然不过了;当她看到美撒良的小孩竟然很「享受」饮用干净的水,这让她心里受到了震撼! Emily赞赏当地的世界宣明会同工和社区居民维持着良好的关系。社区居民得到了任何好东西会和其他人一起共享,不会只想着独自占有。