EWRF JB celebrates 30 years of helping underprivileged Indian students
The Educational Welfare Research Foundation (EWRF) Johor Bahru celebrated its 30th anniversary with an evening of dinner and entertainment at Thistle Johor Bahru. Live Indian fusion music band serenaded guests while an 8-course Chinese dinner was served. Traditional Indian dance also livened the scene. It was a night of appreciation for sponsors for their generous support throughout the years.
The crowd’s youngest philanthropist was an 8-year-old Abhiynesh who had decided to donate five years’ worth of savings to the organisation. He was inspired to donate after his father brought him to EWRF Muar, Johor. The older child of two siblings dreams of being an international singer, and donated because; “poor people have no home and food. We need to help them to buy food.”
EWRF Malaysia was formed in 1979 with 23 branches nationwide. EWRF JB was established in 1988 to improve the social, educational, and economic welfare of the marginalised communities in Malaysia, particularly youths from low-income families known as the B40 community. The B40 category is defined as the Bottom 40% of the income group with median income of RM3000.
Kulai Education Centre (KEC) was set up by EWRF JB in 2013 near low-cost flats to be a platform for development and transformation, and as a “mental revolution” in the Indian community. Focusing on 5As – attendance, attention, attitude, academic, and achievement, their mission is to uplift students through education. To build a student’s confidence, the centre also provides non-academic classes such as Silambam martial arts, Bharatanatyam classical dance, and Speech & Drama. Parents’ involvement as volunteers are also encouraged to instill a sense of responsibility for their child’s education. As a result, there have been significant improvements in the students’ scores in schools.
Following the success of the KEC, EWRF JB plans to open up a new centre in Bandar Selesa Jaya after conducting research identifying areas of B40 communities. EWRF carries a mission of creating opportunities for a better future. Volunteers and donors are welcome to support their cause.
For more information, visit EWRF Johor Bahru on Facebook or their website www.ewrf.org.my