Project Beeeday - Malaysia

A Day of Fun! (Videos below)

Bangalore, India (April, 2017)

Jakarta, Indonesia (April, 2016) 

New York, U.S.A (April, 2015) 


Introduction:


Project Beeeday, formerly called The Birthday Donation project, was birthed out of the desire to give back to the community. As a child, being raised by a single parent and coping with the economic challenges that go with that, I did not have the luxury of having birthday parties, so this year, I would like to celebrate life again with children who are currently living in similar circumstances as I was years ago. This project presents more than just an opportunity to celebrate; it’s an opportunity to share my personal story and struggle and triumph with the hope of empowering and inspiring the children. The message I strive to leave with the children is that their circumstances do not define them, and that it is possible to overcome life's toughest challenges and create something better for themselves.

I am also currently working on another project that will hopefully bring sustainability for the street children. Stay Tuned for this future project!

I truly believe that all children deserve to be loved and protected. For three consecutive years, I’ve successfully implemented my own Project Beeeday where my family and friends donated money, toys, stationery, school supplies, and books for underprivileged children.

In 2017, with the help of crowdfunding and help at the event from my graduate school friends from Durham University, England, we took the event to Bangalore, India. More than 40 orphans from Makkala Ashraya Kendra which means “Children’s Centre” received personal educational toys and backpacks filled with books and school supplies.  We also bought board games and sports gear for the children to share. Prior to India, I celebrated with the street children in Jakarta, Indonesia in collaboration with Indomilk, Indonesian dairy company that made generous donation. The project was held at a free-of-cost school for over 80 underprivileged street children. These are the children who would otherwise spend time begging on the streets of the city under constant threat of exploitation. The first year of the project was 2015 and the event was coordinated with the Children’s Aid Society in New York. That year, I celebrated with 35 children who were either orphans or living in foster homes in the Bronx area.

I am passionate about promoting equality and helping people who are less privileged. Prior to creating Project Beeeday, my friends and I launched a Coat Drive Project to provide donated coats and care packages to the homeless in New York City. That venture was supported by donations from Coca Cola, the Indonesian Consulate in New York and part proceeds from sales of my personal clothing and accessory brand, ‘SIOUX New York’. The event generated much social media coverage on the homeless situates in New York City, which leads to more people helping out.

28818868_15227085310_r.jpeg                         New York, the United States (December, 2014)

Strategy: 

Many children in Malaysia live under extenuating circumstances. Mere minutes away from the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur city centre, some 500 children are left to loiter the back streets every night, some as young as six-years old. Many are homeless while others cannot go home because ‘home’ is where their mothers work as prostitutes.

In the state of Sabah alone, some 15,000 children are born to illegal immigrants and live in the streets. These children are not citizens as they are not officially recorded in birth registers. Their lives and livelihood depend on begging on the streets or scavenging rubbish dumps for food or scraps to sell.

Project Beeeday hopes to make at least a small difference for a handful of those children and touch their lives with a ray of hope. We will collaborate with local centers or agencies for the development and protection of street and slum children in difficult neighborhoods in Malaysia.


Service:  

For my birthday in April 2018, with the help from a team of volunteers residing in Malaysia, we will be organizing the fourth year of Project Beeeday for the underprivileged children living in Kuala Lumpur and/or nearby area. However, due to previous engagement, the one-day-event Inshallah will be be held over the weekend of May 12th, 2018 – May 13th, 2018 (What a great way to greet the month of Ramadhan!). If time and financial contributions permit, we will also try to spread happiness to several refugee compounds in Malaysia.

Our goal is to reach 100 to 150 underprivileged children in Malaysia and would ideally like to receive any donations to be shared with more than 100 less fortunate children. Any size of donation would be greatly appreciated. 

 
28818868_15227086310_r.jpeg                                                 Bangalore, India (April, 2017)

 28818868_15227087050_r.jpeg                                                 Jakarta, Indonesia (April, 2016)

 
28818868_15227087950_r.jpeg                                       New York, the United States (April, 2015)

PRESS: 

You may hear my experience both in New York and Jakarta for the Birthday Donation Project here:

You may read my Master's degree experience in England and also my experience with the Birthday Donation Projects here and here  :


Finance and Costing:

The money raised will go towards buying the toys, school supplies, lunch meals, cakes, board games, sport gears, arts and crafts kits and other necessities for the children.
40% of the contributions will be used to fund the future project that hopefully will bring sustainability for the street children. 

THANK YOU! 

The proposed Project Beeeday plan will significantly help these street children’s well-being and development.

My team and I would really appreciate your consideration in helping us to bring smiles, happiness, friendship - and perhaps hope - to at least 100 to 150 underprivileged children in Malaysia.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

With lots of love,
Aisha

Please help spread the word!




References:


“Children of Malaysia.” Humanium • We Make Children's Rights Happen, www.humanium.org/en/malaysia/.

Jazeera, Al. “Helping Malaysia's Street Children.” A Government Centre, Set up to Keep Children off the Street, Is Causing Concern., Al Jazeera, 6 Aug. 2007, www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2007/07/2008525172813676892.html.

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 25 mos
  • Jennifer Nieves 
    • $30 
    • 25 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 25 mos
  • yenny kurniawan 
    • $20 
    • 25 mos
  • Nami Tachril 
    • $174 
    • 25 mos
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Organizer

Aisha Sioux 
Organizer
New York, NY
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