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|Welcome to the Home Page of the Friends of Malaysia. We are the association of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in Malaysia and we are an affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association.
Our objectives include the following:
If you have any comments or suggestion, please e-mail us here . Terima Kaseh
Thaine H. Allison, Jr.
Goals: To assist in achieving a higher quality of life for our friends and families in Malaysia
Contributed to the Borneo Project to supply native language books to Penan Schools in Sarawak $US 250 printed posters of the “Frogs of Borneo” illustrations from our books. These wonderful posters are for sale on http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BorneoProject/84701bb9d1/3da48bf835/b39071e7b1 (just make a $10 donation and write “frog poster” in the comments section). Click here to see a full size pdf of the poster.
Contributed to the Rotary Club of Klang $US 250
Worked with a 4th grade teacher in New Hampshire who has a new student from Malaysia to acquire books for her to read in Malaysian as she integrates in to an English medium environment.
Contributed to the Malaysia Run for the Cure Breast Cancer Prevention Fund $US 250
Purchased Computers for rural Sabah Schools $US 1,000
Assisted the Borneo Project to create hydroelectric power for rural villages $3,000
Assisted in training health professionals by providing $US 300 scholarships
Provided training equipment for breast cancer awareness projects in Sabah and Sarawak $US 4,000
Contributed US$200.00 to the Malaysia Cancer Society
Contributed $500 to World Wide Schools
Fostered a Reading Program for International Children’s Book Day featuring Malaysian Children’s Favorite Stories
In total we have contributed nearly $US10,000 to projects that foster understanding and development between America and Malaysia, our adopted country.
Over the last five years Friends of Malaysia has fostered a number of service projects in Malaysia to continue the commitment. It is nearly 46 years since the first Peace Corps Volunteer landed on a hot muggy afternoon in Jesselton (Kota Kinabalu) North Borneo, (Sabah) yet many of us still see the need to support Malaysia's efforts to grow and resolve disparities throughout the country. With all of the changes, and progress, that have come to Malaysia there have also been continuing problems of poverty, dislocation and limited opportunities for some. In addition with people living longer lives and changing dietary habits some diseases have become more prevalent. We as an association of returned volunteers have set as one of our goals to continue to assist NGO's, educational institutions and voluntary groups to achieve a higher quality of life for our friends and families in Malaysia.
One of the great ironies of the computer revolution is that many of the components “inside the box” are made in Malaysia. Malaysia has become a media center for programmers and content developers in and around Kuala Lumpur. Yet many schools in Malaysia, especially in rural areas, do not have access to computers or people trained in their use. Early on in the “computer revolution” FoM stepped in to provide computers to a school in rural Sabah. A small but important step in bringing a rural community closer to the electronic frontier.
In the early nineties electric power had reached the larger and intermediate cities and towns across Malaysia but many rural villages, long-houses, were without electricity. The Borneo Project(http://www.borneoproject.org/) set out to provide small hydro electric power generating plants to kampongs in Sabah and Sarawak. FoM provided the financial capital to establish one of these generating plants and wire a long-house deep in the interior of Sabah, approximately $US3,000. Training was provided to help the locals maintain the plant and install the electric wiring to allow each house to have limited access to electricity. Much effort went into creating a local steering committee to allocate power, maintain the plant and collect revenues to cover the cost of operation.
Approximately five years ago we began to read about the increasing awareness and incidence of breast cancer amongst Malaysian women. Coincidentally two of our members died of breast cancer and that made the issue personal. We sought out a reliable partner in Malaysia who helped us identify an appropriate project to support. During the last three years we have provided nearly $US4,000 in funds to provide nurse training and training devices to assist women in examining their and encouraging them to get early diagnosis and treatment. One in twenty Malaysian women are diagnosed with breast cancer and the number of women that go untreated and undetected is thought to be much higher especially in rural areas. We have sought to provide assistance in rural areas. We also contributed $US200 to the Malaysia Cancer Society.
In the US we co-sponsored a Reading Program for International Children’s Book Day featuring Malaysian Children’s Favorite Stories. Books about Malaysia were read in several 3,300 schools in 30 states across the country. Children had the opportunity to ask more than 40 returned Peace Corps volunteers about the country and their experiences in Malaysia. We also contributed to the World Wide Schools program developed by the National Association of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. (http://www.rpcv.org/)
Over the last ten years the FoM have contributed nearly $US 10,000 to these various projects. We are currently exploring additional projects to support in rural Malaysia and utilize our resources wisely as a commitment to our donors, members and the people of Malaysia.
If you have ideas or suggestions please contact us at: VPprogramsThaineAllison@FriendsofMalaysia.org
We are always looking for ways to support our goals of continued service and appreciate your comments.