February was an exciting month for us, with active participation in the 9th World Urban Forum at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and meeting with like-minded people and organisations.
We also relaunched our Palestine Relief Fund in view of deteriorating living conditions at the occupied territory of Palestine. Only 50% of Palestinians have access to electricity, water supply, food and jobs. Hospitals are forced to shut down due to power cuts, and farmers cannot plant without irrigation.
For every donation above RM50, you will receive a free ‘Save Gaza’ muffler (postage not included). For more information or to redeem the free muffler, please contact Shahira at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you for your support of MERCY Malaysia, and look forward to hear from you if you have any feedback or enquiries. Please send your missives to email@example.com or visit www.www.mercy.org.my for full details.
We had a pleasant surprise early in the year when the Securities Commission’s Sports and Recreation Club informed us about their ‘RELIEF – Relief Efforts for Life’ campaign, which raised RM4,500 for MERCY Malaysia.The cheque was handed over in a simple ceremony, where we met their fund-raising champions Muhammad Adam Mikhail, Raja Shah Irshad, Khairul Hanis and Mohammad Yunus Zulkifli. The cheque was presented by Securities Commission’s Director of Corporate Resources, Yang Mulia Tengku Zarina Tengku Chik, and received by our Head of Communications and Strategic Engagement Ms Chan Li Jin.Thank you, SC, for your support!
Two sessions of Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) were held among the Majhi, or Community Leaders, at the Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, refugee camps, firstly at Balukali followed by Kutupalong.The sessions trained them how to recognise psychological symptoms following trauma and stress, and adaptive coping skills. The Majhis were then encouraged to apply the skills learnt to help their communities cope emotionally and psychologically with daily stress.
MERCY Malaysia’s Side Event at the 9th World Urban Forum, organised by United Nation’s Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), was a full house as we shared our experience and expertise on Building Resilient Communities (BRC).Our topic on “Urban Resilience: Challenges and Opportunities for Malaysian Cities” was chaired by Mr Hafiz Amirrol, our BRC Head.A distinguished panel consisting of our President Dato Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus; Dr Amod Dixit, Chairperson of Asia Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN); Mr Ahmad Fairuz Yusof, Head of Assistant Secretary, Selangor Disaster Management Unit; Mr Agung Notowiguno, President of PKPU Human Initiative and Ms. Valeria Drigo, Advocacy and Learning Coordinator of Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), kept the audience captivated during the 1 hour session.
With flood conditions threatening to worsen, we mobilised our Sarawak Chapter for an emergency assessment to affected areas. Most areas were still inaccessible and it was challenging reaching affected communities to check on their condition.
Our first Volunteer Induction Programme for 2018 drew 51 participants from a wide range of backgrounds – media, medical, academia, self-employed, creatives, etc.The half-day session was conducted by Mohd Hazimi Che Abdul Rani, our Humantarian Development Centre Officer, and Nur Hisyam Aziz, our State Chapter Liaison Officer. Dr Soh Yih Harng, our volunteer, also shared his experiences on the field.Editor’s Note: Missed our VIP? Fret not, you can always catch our next one in May. See you soon!
Our exco member and team leader for Mental Health & Psychosocial Support, Dr Hariyati Shahrima Abdul Majid, gave a pow-wow presentation at a WUF9 Networking Event on ‘Empowering Women in Crisis and Post-Conflict Situations: Building Resilient Communities’ to a packed room of women from all over the world.Apart from the Malaysian perspective, speakers from the Philippines, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Kenya shared grassroots initiatives to empower women in their own settings. The 2-hour session was organised by International Islamic University Malaysia and the HUAIROU Commission.
Our Head of BRC, Mr Hafiz Amirrol, was a panelist at the Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah networking event at WUF9, which analysed the historical city’s problems of rapid development, high traffic volume and flash floods. The 2-hour session provided insights from other countries with similar problems and possible solutions that could ease what is seen to be a potential spanner in the works for the UNESCO site if left unmanaged.
Have you been shopping at SOGO Shopping Complex? If so, you might have noticed MERCY Malaysia’s little donation boxes at the payment counters in the last few months!The management of SOGO presented the collection to MERCY Malaysia recently, represented by SOGO’s Marketing Communications Manager Ms Rosma Tajuddin, Customer Relations Manager Pn Nor Zaizira and Head of Store Ms Lee Yip Yoong, and received by MERCY Malaysia’s Executive Director, Ir. Amran Mahzan.Thank you for your support!