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WikiImpact - An open search platform for change makers

WikiImpact - An open search platform for change makers

WikiImpact is a data-driven platform that seeks to make social impacts more effective and well-aimed to the right groups of need. It maps change-making projects and informs the public about concurrent social issues that are happening Malaysia-wide. Their recent initiative is the 'poverty project' where they mapped each district of Malaysia according to the median household income. This platform is founded by 3 social workers of Wiki Impact PLT, a Malaysia-based social enterprise. The intention behind WIkiImpact comes from recognising the need for data transparency and democratic digital participation so as to drive meaningful and sustainable change in Malaysia. To quote from the site, "data is the wisdom that changemakers need to effectively design policies, make investments and prioritise needs." WikiImpact's website: https://www.wikiimpact.com/poverty-project/ Their social media pages: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wikiimpact/?hl=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/wikiimpact?lang=en LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wiki-impact/

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Bukit Jelutong Plant Exchange

Bukit Jelutong Plant Exchange

Earlier this month, on the 10th of April, Bukit Jelutong Green Rangers, a chapter of volunteers under the Bukit Jelutong Residents Association, organised a plant exchange for the residents. The chapter promotes environmental stewardship and sustainable values in the Bukit Jelutong area; it instils the long-lost love of berkebun (Malay for gardening), growing one's own produce and knowledge-sharing. The chapter also encourages the habit of recycling in the neighbourhood, of which the setting up of a community recycling centre makes up one of its important achievements in recent years. The Green Rangers encompass residents of Bukit Jelutong from diverse backgrounds and ages who come together for a shared purpose. The plant-exchange has been around since 2015, This year's event was an outcome of several postponements last year due to the pandemic. This time around, the initiative was held in collaboration with Majlis Perwakilan Penduduk Zon 19 of Shah Alam Municipality Council (MBSA), which donated 1200 saplings for distribution to the residents. Other plants were contributed by the Green Rangers and residents' themselves, who often look forward to participating in this yearly exchange event. Some of the common plants that were exchanged and given away on that day were Brazillian Spinach, Brinjal, Okra, Chilli, Papaya, Ulam Raja, Dwarf Green Banana, Aloe Vera, Thai Basil and many more. Hopefully, more neighbourhoods and localities in the Klang Valley could adopt these green practices and take up similar initiatives, learning by this example. On top of inculcating 'semangat kejiranan' (neighbourliness), such initiatives benefit communities through the exchange of knowledge, grassroots empowerment and the awareness that food security can begin at one's home. Image credit: Shahzad

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Malaysian Brothers Fix Potholes

Malaysian Brothers Fix Potholes

Ikatan Silaturrahim Brotherhood (IKB) a group movement founded by Lando Zawawi (Malaysian comedian) consists of members from all over Malaysia who come together for a common cause: to fix potholes on roads. In the spirit of gotong-royong, these 'brothers' and 'sisters' unite and volunteer their time and effort for something that falls under the authority of local councils (PBT) or Public Works Department (JKR). They use their own money and source their own materials to fix these life-threatening holes. Their selfless work has shed light on the matter of road safety, after the recent deaths of two motorists in Klang and Petaling Jaya as well as the incident involving a minister while cycling. The Star has more on their story: https://www.thestartv.com/v/tired-of-waiting-for-authorities-to-act-these-rebels-fix-potholes-on-their-own

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Kampung house becomes learning centre

Kampung house becomes learning centre

Location: Bagan Dalam, Penang Education is an indispensable human right. Sadly even today, not everyone is fortunate to have access to knowledge, even as basic as reading and writing. The extraordinary vision of a 20 year old refugee Sadek Khan is precisely to make this change, after years of witnessing the struggles of the unschooled. Recently this year, his endeavour to bring education to young refugees has come to fruition. With the joint effort and generosity of the Chan family in Penang and Khan himself, together they lend a hand in saving and transforming a desolate kampung house into a learning centre. The regeneration of space and structure, to serve a significant purpose such as education, with the help and collaboration of people from diverse backgrounds, is a true mark of community resilience. Read the story on FMT News: Penangites help Rohinga refugee transform kampung house into a learning centre

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OKU Couple Who are Blind Opens Up Online Business

OKU Couple Who are Blind Opens Up Online Business

Location: Johor Yusri Azis and wife Nur Jannah Tan Jia Hui, a couple who are visually-impaired has started an online business on Shoppee. They had lost their source of income when the restaurant they worked at closed and to support themselves, they decided to open up a business. The couple's online store is called Yus Bisnes. They use the Android Talkback app to navigate through the online store. Among the products they sell are: their signature Sambal Hitam Pahang, Sos Sambal Stevia, Konjac noodles (Keto/Atkins-friendly), stevia liquid sweetener and 1/3 portion plates. This is an amazing story of inclusivity and accessibility for people with disability. We hope to see more equitable access for people with disability in the community of sellers and more, online and on the ground. Let's support them by visiting their store on Shoppee: https://shopee.com.my/aril2605 Read more about their story on World of Buzz: https://worldofbuzz.com/visually-impaired-oku-couple-start-business-on-shopee-after-losing-income-during-mco/

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Citizens map for #Bendera Putih

Citizens map for #Bendera Putih

Bendera Putih is a movement that arose in recent days and was set in motion by the Malaysian rakyat to establish renewed hope and effectively distribute aid to Malaysians who are in dire need due to the loss of savings and employment with the ongoing MCO 3.0. Encouragingly, the movement is seeing the intensification of numerous initiatives once again, grounded in community-spirit, neighbourliness and togetherness. For example, the movement has spurred the setting up of hundreds of community foodbanks (gerobok rezeki) at petrol stations and houses of worship throughout Malaysia, distribution of food baskets by different companies and NGOs, and also neighbour-centric crowdfunding within small localities to help affected households in that area. Another remarkable initiative is community resource mapping of locations with white flags (Bendera Putih) and food banks. An app was just recently developed called Sambal SOS (previously called 'Bendera Putih App') by three Malaysian students, to crowdsource reports of white flags from the public around Malaysia. To access the site, one must log in via a google account and once in, the user will be greeted by a map with red icons (white flags) and food bank icons. Users can ask for help, report white flags that they see or list food banks they know in their locality. Local developer Teranto Tech has created an identical web app as above, but it does not require a sign-in. It is called kitajaga.co. Upon entering the site, you will be prompted with a notification 'allow location access'. Users can see white flag and help icons in their specific localities and elsewhere. Users can also indicate if they need help or want to help. Similarly, an individual @penangstrays (twitter user) has developed a map of Food Banks available throughout Peninsular and East Malaysia in response to the Bendera Putih movement. This map can be found on #kitajagakita site. Read more here: https://vulcanpost.com/751770/kibar-bendera-putih-app-find-white-flags-food-banks/ https://www.lowyat.net/2021/244818/kita-jaga-malaysia-signalhelp-foodbanks/ Other resources: https://www.sambalsos.com/ https://kitajagakita.com/pages/food-bank-list https://kitajaga.co/

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Organic Urban Farm on Mall Rooftop

Organic Urban Farm on Mall Rooftop

Location: One Utama A new 'farm' called the Fresh Growcer has opened up and it's located on the rooftop of a shopping mall! How amazing is that? What is more amazing is that the vegetable produce is grown organically, without pesticides. The idea about Fresh Growcer was generated by Mr. Emil Jihad who found that many of today's fresh produce sold at supermarkets are grown with pesticides, and consumers are not really benefitting health-wise as the use of pesticides reduces the nutrient content of produce. Therefore, with his partner, he took the initiative to open up an alternative grocer that sells organic vegetables. A great perk of shopping here is that shoppers get to pick the vegetables fresh! Using a sustainable and green approach to farming, the vegetables are grown using the system of aquaponics, whereby water that is rich with aquaculture content (from fish) feeds into hydrophonically grown vegetables. With growing food needs of Malaysia's population and the increasing need to address food insecurity, it's refreshing to see new initiatives that are out-of-the-box like this. Hope to see more urban farms on rooftops in the near future! Maybe one near where you live? Untuk bacaan lebih lanjut, pautan ke artikel Bahasa Melayu: https://www.mstar.com.my/xpose/i-suke/2022/04/13/pemuda-tanam-sayur-organik-atas-bumbung-mall-pelanggan-boleh-pilih-dan-petik-sendiri-ikan-talapia-merah-pun-ada?fbclid=IwAR1LXjxbGM6HeAw_x1W8WRXL3pzlDdszUAkylgiXxG7x23JGpTPWkIpCL2I

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Youth Start Entrepreneurship Programme

Youth Start Entrepreneurship Programme

Youth Start is a teen entrepreneurship programme by Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun in collaboration with Project ID and supported by Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat. This programme is designed to help provide opportunities for youth from B40 communities to learn and experience entrepreneurship, providing education as well as seed funding to promote gradual and deliberate change within the youth. Location: Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun, Kuala Lumpur Partners: Project ID; Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat The five series of this programme will begin on June 26th 2021 and ends with Pitching Session on August 21st 2021. Last date for registration: May 15th 2021 Each group participating in Youth Start will be given the opportunity to present their business plan to a panel of judges comprising representatives from various public and private sectors. Each group will be then be given seed funding based on the quality of their business plan which includes research, marketing ideas, products, and the group's ability to convince the judges. The programme is open for teenagers aged from 15 to 17 years old from B40 communities in Lembah Klang area. Transportations will be provided if need be. To register to this programme, you must first form a group of three (3). PKK Tuanku Bainun has served many children, special needs and underprivileged, with the support of various like-minded people and organisations. Visit their page to learn more about their upcoming and past events and programmes. Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku page: https://pkktuankubainun.com/youthstart/ Social Media Platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pkktuankubainun/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PKKTuankuBainun Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PusatKreatifKanakkanakTuankuBainun/

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Eats Shoots & Roots Garden Starter Kit

Eats Shoots & Roots Garden Starter Kit

Always wanted to start an edible garden from your home or balcony? Eats Shoots and Roots provide all the materials you'll need to easily start planting your own vegetables and herbs. They also include useful tips and videos to help you along your journey and can personally advise you if you need any help. https://shop.eatsshootsandroots.org/products/starter-pot-pack

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Symbiosis Alchemy

Symbiosis Alchemy

Organisation : Symbiosis Alchemy Type of Issue / Response : Home Gardening Target Group : New Gardeners Initiative Description : Gardeners producing DIY home videos to get you started in the garden with what you have. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=DxLzu1bSWKE&fbclid=IwAR3WFseMEE-dCkly69wcE8ypTAKXPYBnz11LbfQSVCvRXMDGznCS7qDwxDM&app=desktop

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Wet Market Deliveries

Wet Market Deliveries

City/State : Sungai Petani, Kedah Target Group : Market vendors and the public Initiative Description : Initiative description : Lebih RM130,000 nilai jualan direkodkan melalui kaedah jualan penghantaran barangan yang dijalankan. https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/wilayah/2020/04/674549/pkp-hantar-terus-ke-rumah-pelanggan?fbclid=IwAR1uqa__jN4jOaEnC3AvkJ4sdN7RZsbu0qImuXDo6I4T00CT4ShP8LudNKQ

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42 KL: Tuition-free Coding School in KL

42 KL: Tuition-free Coding School in KL

42 KL, Malaysia's first private, non-profit coding school with free tuition officially admits its first cohort of students, The school is non-traditional and innovative in that it uses a peer-to-peer and project-based learning approach, without teachers or lecturers. It makes up one of the many '42' schools network in the world; with the first one being established in Paris, France in 2013 and has since expanded to other cities like Seoul, Tokyo, Lisbon and Finland. 42 KL is the outcome of a public-private collaboration, between the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Sunway Education Group (SEG) in recognition of the importance of creating and nurturing top tech talents needed to fuel Malaysia's future digital economy. It is of 42 KL's philosophy to offer this education opportunity to any Malaysians, regardless of socioeconomic and educational background. Over 50 percent of the students come from the B40 income group and are aged between 18 and 49 years old. The site has received over 3000 applicants since its launch in July 2020. So far, 75 students have enrolled successfully to the 12-months Core Programme, and 225 applicants are currently completing a 4-week bootcamp called the Piscine (Swimming Pool). To read more: https://mdec.my/news/mdec-and-sunway-education-group-kick-off-malaysias-first-tuition-free-coding-school-42kl/ Visit 42 KL's website here: https://42kl.edu.my/

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