Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 26-29 Sept 2009 (Sat - Tue)

i) 26th Sept: Segi College, Developing Leadership Skills Workshop: organized by Adventure Club / Dayspring and in partnership with Leaderonomics.
ii) 3 Days 2 Nights at Awana Genting

The aim was to build leadership skills, self confidence and to learn the basics of public speaking. 4 SL members were there to participate in this event. The event was fairly well organized with simple yet understandable presentation and each group was supported by a facilitator from Segi / Leaderonomics and supporters from each organizations. The workshop was packed with lots of fun games and activities. The presentators were funny and entertaining. Our group had enjoyed it so much.

The main reason of going for an outing or camping is to teach the youth on how to pack lightly for convenient traveling because they all will be carrying their own bags and stuffs. Also, to learn independent skills on managing own self. Before the outing/camping, we reminded the youth to pack properly and try to keep things light for easy carrying. Make sure they have enough clothing, toiletries, plastic bags for dirty clothing, money and documents.
We did a powerpoint presentation about appropriate social interaction skills and how to respect each other within the group. For example bullying, we raised the point that all this doesn't only happen in the outside world but also in our own group. We asked each other if any of this ever happened to them and most of them said yes, whether in school, in public or anywhere else. They expressed their feelings and opinions to the group. We also did a recap about Appropriate Clothing since we were going to a Restaurant Buffet at Awana.
We had a buffet dinner at Awana, thanks to one of the SL parents for kindly supporting us. Although we did Appropriate clothing presentation that day, some of the youth still came with unsuitable dress to the restaurant. We need to be stronger in our approach with this subject in the future. (Where are the fashion police?). We enjoyed the buffet dinner and later were entertained by the local trio singers band, playing and singing evergreen songs. The youth took the chances to dedicate songs and danced and sang the night away. Before returning to our hotel, we played in the arcade nearby and just had fun.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Supported Living Day Program 19 September 2009

i) Discussion about The Meaning of Hari Raya
- To teach the youth, myself included, the meaning of Hari Raya.
- Why do we puasa? What is Hari Raya? and why do we celebrate it? (Thanks to Wikipedia and my vaguely memories of what i learned in high school)
We managed to create a simple yet understandable powerpoint as a presentation to bring some understanding to the youth about Hari Raya. So now i think we all understand a little bit about this festival, something that is very important living in a multireligious community.

ii) Discussion about Appropriate Clothing
- To increase their knowledge and awareness about appropriate dressing.
We strongly feel a need to do this because of the inappropriate choice of wardrobe for various activities and event, and the need for age appropriate choice of clothes. Well, we don't really know whether that was their fashion statement or them being artistic and wanted to express themselves but we think it's too much "expression" to handle. We hope this brings some changes into their wardrobes.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Supported Living Overnight Program 12-13 sept 2009 (Sat - Sun)

i) Furniture Painting
ii) Pravena Cake Making, Cornflakes Cookies

Painting have always been fun and exciting to them. We decided to paint the garden table outside to make it looked nicer. We opened 3 cans of paint; Red, Green and Yellow, and asked the youths to decide on what colour they wanted the table to be. So, Yellow was the colour chosen by them. We got Yellow paint all over our fingers, feet and even our hair!

Pravena from UM, was teaching the youths on how to make cornflakes cookies. As usual, we INSIST them all to wash their hands (ourselves included) before touching any of the cake making materials because we were planning to make safe, hygienic and eatable-cookies for tea-time. This was also fun for all of us because we were making our own food, learning the ways to mix ingredients and bake with the right temperature. It's not a 5 star standard cookies but still, homemade tastes better.

Supported Living Day Program 5th Sept 2009

i) Group feedback on Camping Trip : Sabah Trip & Gift Camp

We just came back from a trip to my hometown, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It was a good idea to sit the youths & volunteers together and talk (not brag!) about the trip. Qi Han voluntarily expressed his point of view about the trip. Questions were given to him and he answered very well.

William and Charmaine went to a Gift Camp and told us all about it. It was in Port Dickson, their friends and family was there as well. Lots of singing, playing games and dancing involved. They seemed to have a great time at the Gift Camp.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Supported Living Program 1-4 Sept 2009 (Tue - Fri)

i) 4 Days 3 Nights Trip to Kota Kinabalu

A trip organised by us to experience the joy of traveling and going for a holiday. It was a new experience for 2 individuals who never had been traveling by an aeroplane before. It was also a challenge for us and AirAsia staff to manage disability in their airlines. But with combine experiences and determination, we manage to corporate very well together. It was raining at first but it settles down, then the clear blue skies makes the view from above looks so fantastic. We could see the buildings, forests and the great South China Sea.
We went to Tanjung Aru Beach for sight seeing and lunch. Embracing the sea breeze runs through the hair and indulging the sensation of the sand on your feet while the waves brushes it clean over and over again. This moment can easily be taken for granted by most of us, but 1 individual misses it the most because the last time he saw the beach was when he was a little child. That was an emotional moment for him and we could only imagine the priceless joy that this person was feeling inside. For this person, its just the simple little things matters the most, it may sound funny to us, but it mean so much to him.
We visited the Museum, Philipino Market, went shopping for handicrafts, t-shirts and had dinner with Cultural Dance Shows. This was our 1st Trip out of KL and by aeroplane. We must admit, there was hiccups here and there but that was a part of traveling anyways. What we can do is to learn and gain new experiences so we could do it better next time. We wonder where is our next trip going to be. Hmmm.....

Supported Living Overnight Program 28-30 Aug 2009 (Fri- Sun)

i) 1 Day 1 Night camping at FRIM
ii) BBQ at TTDI House