Making a difference every day!

By Edmond Lee

All World Vision staff are passionate about children in need, and are equipped with the skills to help children – and their communities – lift themselves out of poverty.

But we can’t do it all alone. Whenever we need help coping with thousands of hungry young people at a stadium, creating awareness at malls across Malaysia, or stuffing envelopes with brochures and letters, there’s ONE group of people we can count on to help us make a difference. Our amazing volunteers.

Today, we celebrate some of these individuals.

On the road

Have you ever stopped by a World Vision Malaysia roadshow? If you have, you surely would have noticed a small band of individuals in black t-shirts working alongside our staff dressed in bright orange. These are our valiant volunteers!

Our volunteers (in black) at a recent World Vision Malaysia roadshow.

For hours on end, these tireless young men and women navigate the crowds and reach out to the curious public at malls, churches and other venues across Malaysia. They sign up child sponsors, answer questions about World Vision Malaysia, and even keep children entertained while we talk to their parents.

Bringing the message of World Vision to the public.

Being a public face for World Vision is no easy task. You have to be personable, know your facts, think on your feet, and even handle rejections! (For every person you convince, dozens more may turn you down or just breeze by you.)  But with their ready smiles and upbeat attitudes, our volunteers are true champions of our cause whenever World Vision hits the road.

4 hours to go

Question: How many people do you need to keep thousands of youths (who have fasted for the last 26 hours) entertained and enthusiastic for another four hours of fasting?

Answer: An entire World Vision Malaysia office, and around 1,000 volunteers!

Our volunteers bright and ready to register Famine Campers at the 2016 30-Hour Famine Countdown.

Planning and executing the much-anticipated Famine Countdown is a massive undertaking. Every year, we call for volunteers from across Malaysia to help us make the Countdown an event to remember for the passionate young people who raise funds and go hungry for those in need. And every year, close to a thousand volunteers answer the call.

These water-sellers help Famine Campers stay hydrated at the 30-Hour Famine Countdown.

Whether they direct traffic, register Famine Campers, sell water or assist performers backstage and more, our volunteers are always on top of their game. Thanks to rigorous training prior to the event, every volunteer team is a well-oiled unit on Countdown day, ready to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities.

So the next time you see photos and videos (taken by our volunteer photographers and videographers) showing excited, happy Famine Campers enjoying the 30-Hour Famine Countdown, spare a thought for the 1,000 volunteers who made sure they had the best time possible.

Changing lives every day

In the United States, Make a Difference Day is commemorated every fourth Saturday of October, where volunteers from around the country come together to improve the lives of others. Here in Malaysia, we don’t officially mark this Day, but we have the greatest admiration and gratitude for the faithful service of our volunteers – every day of the year!

As far as we’re concerned, every bit counts when it comes to making a difference – be it handling administrative tasks and phone calls (shout out to our office volunteers!), ensuring security at the 30-Hour Famine Countdown, or even clearing the post-event garbage. We appreciate your every effort.

Everything World Vision does is about changing the lives of children and families who live in poverty, and because of our volunteers, we can achieve that goal more successfully. To all of you, once more we say THANK YOU from our hearts.

If you’d like to get further acquainted with the people helping us making a difference, here are some of the best volunteer stories from the World Vision Malaysia blog:

Passionate about being a child sponsor
Having a Heart for Children
Your small sacrifice can bring about a big change!
Or, if you are interested in volunteering with World Vision, click here
Get regular updates from the World Vision Malaysia Volunteers Facebook page.

World Humanitarian Day 2016

We share with you the stories 6 different individuals bound together by their quest to help the displaced.

There’s a female driver, two volunteers who give their time to coach football, an engineer in Syria and two others who have personal experience with conflict and now give back to help those in need.

Amira who works with children
Khalida who uses her driving skills to benefit others
Akram the Syrian footballer and volunteer
Khalil who works in Iraq
Raja the mother and volunteer
Ahmad who works in Syria

We are grateful to our colleagues who work in the World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe offices for providing these stories to us.

Akram – Volunteer Syrian Refugee Coach

Photos: Suzy Sainovski/World Vision

During the current school holidays, there are two football sessions for children at the World Vision football pitches at Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan. One in the morning and one in the evening. There is a break in the middle of the day as it is very hot.

30-year old Akram from Homs in Syria coaches the boys’ teams and the older youth team. He has been in Jordan for 2.5 years.

I used to play for a famous football team in Syria called Al-Karamah. We got to the semi-finals in the Asian Champions League in 2006.

I was once a kid and I had football coaches and they were my idols. I know that with the experience that I had, I can be a good example to these boys. The best thing about being a coach is putting a smile on the faces of the children. This generation has been deprived of so many things, it’s a bit of restitution for them, to give them hope.

The boys release their energy when they play football that could otherwise lead to aggression. It helps them release the extra energy that they have. If they didn’t have this space to play, they would play in the sand or think about stealing – instead they are occupied with football. When some boys first started playing football there was some aggression and we would ask them to leave the pitch for five minutes to calm down. We’ve seen a positive change, there has been development.

When new boys start playing football they need some time to adapt. The longer kids play football, the less aggression I see on the field.

It’s a beautiful thing that there are Syrian refugees in the Olympics. It’s good that people still have the determination to compete. When they eventually go back to Syria, the athletes will take those achievements back to Syria with them.

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。










如果您也深受黄丽娟的善举所感动,想了解更多关于儿童助养计划的详情,欢迎浏览 https://www.worldvision.com.my/ch/sponsor-a-child



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.


「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。







Your small sacrifice can bring about a big change!

By Emily Teoh
World Vision Child Sponsor and Volunteer

“I feel that as a child sponsor, I should write regularly to my sponsored child. When I visited Mae Sariang ADP, I noticed how much joy these letters brought to the children. That’s why I always try to convince other child sponsors to correspond with their sponsored child. These letters of encouragement will help the children grow up confidently and with courage”, said Emily earnestly.

In 2014, Emily and her niece took part in the Mae Sariang sponsor & child visit. Emily had the opportunity to see for herself the day to day lives of the children. Emily said, “The World Vision Area Development Programme has helped a lot of people. For example, drinking water is such a normal and simple thing for Malaysians; and when I see the children of Mae Sariang thoroughly enjoying clean
drinking water, the contrast caused such distress for me. Emily praised the World Vision staff and community for maintaining a good community, with a sense of people coming together to share good things rather than just doing their own thing.

Before embarking, Emily mentally prepared her city-bred niece. She explained that the situation of the village would not be comparable to the life she knew, that she might feel some discomfort, and that she would need to watch her actions and thoughts. At Mae Sariang, her niece quickly made friends with the local girls, effortlessly learning to fit in with them. She saw her niece growing in maturity by learning compassion for people who are different.

Under normal circumstances, a child sponsor and a sponsored child would not have the opportunity to meet face to face. This is why corresponding through letters is important. In Mae Sariang,  the World Vision staff told Emily that sponsored children who received presents or letters are extremely thankful. This made Emily realise how important letters are to sponsored children. Emily said that she felt guilty for missing her sponsored child’s birthday. However, she decided to send a birthday gift anyway to continue building the relationship. A sponsor’s acts of care through gifts and letters are meant to encourage the sponsored child and allow her to build confidence.

Other than being a child sponsor, Emily is also a World Vision volunteer. She regularly helps at the World Vision office with administrative tasks, allowing World Vision staff to save a fair amount of time and focus on other more important tasks. When she volunteers at roadshows, she realises that explaining sponsorship to a crowd is not an easy task. She has had to learn to be more patient with the people that she meets.


In Emily’s own words: “Frankly, RM65 is not a large amount. Every bit forked out will reap a larger outcome. Helping others with what we have will bring much impact to those in need.”

The joy of giving is immeasurable. The child sponsorship programme brings hope for children while also paving the way for communities to fulfill their potential. Would you be interested to bring hope to those in need? Do take part in the child sponsorship programme today : https://www.worldvision.com.my/sponsor-a-child

Giving Assistance to Kak Wani, Chung Hwa Primary Temangan, School Canteen Operator

Photo taken on 18th May at the school canteen

In January 2015, Kak Wani started work as the school canteen operator.

She was really excited to start her new business, but the flood in December 2014 scattered her hopes as the canteen was badly damaged, cooking utensils either broken or swept away by the flood waters.

She felt sad, lost and worried after seeing the post-flood conditions of the school canteen, as Kak Wani is the sole breadwinner in the family.

Her husband has chronic diabetes and cataracts. So he is not able to work anymore. While her eldest daughter has serious kidneys problem and needs money for transportation and monthly treatment fees.

Kak Wani works at the school canteen during the day and opens a food stall in the evening till midnight to earn extra income.

She often feels tired from working so much and driving is taxing to her as she has poor eyesight but can’t afford to pay for glasses.

World Vision supported her by:
: buying new cooking utensils & canteen equipment
: providing her with a model to start her business
: supporting with Child Friendly coupons – to encourage students to eat healthier meals at the canteen & in turn it gives her better business
: getting her a pair of glasses
: getting a food rack for her food stall

As a result, Kak Wani’s food is not praised by the students and teachers alone but also by the parents. This was through the feedback forms we got from students and parents, they stated that her food is much cleaner, tastier, cheaper and has more variety than the previous canteen operator

She expressed her gratitude for the support that she received from World Vision Malaysia and she’s very glad that she can provide better for her family and make new friends too.

She hopes, the mural painting at the canteen will encourage more students to eat at the canteen.

We hope that one day Kak Wani can afford to hire 1 more helper to assist her, so that she can rest more. While at the same time continue to provide yummy and healthy food for the children and be able to cut down on her workload.

USM students in Kelantan also contributed back to the local school, read more here.