The Matilda Project
The Matilda Project recognises the importance of education for human health and development. In this project, AISM sponsors the primary education of 30 children from remote villages in Sabah, who are housed in a hostel called Asrama Desa Pukak. In partnership with the Good Shepherd Foundation of Malaysia since its launch in 2010, we do a range of fundraising activities and student field trips as part of our school support.
Walkathon and other sponsorship activities
We raise more than RM60,000 every year through activities, events and sponsorships that go directly to the hostel in Sabah.
As part of a practical unit, a group of Year 8-10 students and teachers visit for a week every year to help refurbish the hostel, organise storytelling sessions and teach English to the children. This opportunity challenges our students to grow physically, socially as well as emotionally.
Other fundraising activities
With the support of their teachers, our students organise activities throughout the year to raise funds for those who are less fortunate. Sharing their own good fortune helps them understand their role within the community and the ways in which small acts can have a greater effect. It encourages them to think about others, which is an essential part of their character growth.
The Chin Immersion Program
Through learning in a safe and structured learning environment, they are able to practice their English while becoming familiar with Western educational techniques and expectations. This prepares them for their eventual move to a host country, giving them hope for a better future. Our students learn more about Chin people, aiding their awareness and understanding about the world they live in.
The Lost Towel ProjectLaunched in April 2015, this community-based project supports Chin refugees to earn an income. Founded by a newly set up charity called Parents International Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur (PINK), these parents give their time for free, and all profits go to the wellbeing of the Chin community.The Lost Towel Project creates a safe and sustainable way for these families to earn an income by producing high-quality microfiber swimming towels for school houses. The refugee women embroider students’ names on the towel using donated machines.All work is done by Chin refugees, with funds going through Mang Tha. This is a United Nations-recognised organisation, with a mission to empower women through fair trade.The money raised goes towards improving the lives of these families, through educational, medical and living conditions support, as well as funding various projects to improve their life opportunities.
Chin Student Organisation (CSO) Event Support
We support the Chin students through many events such as the Chin Sports Day, Chin Dinner and Dance, and the biggest event of the year for CSO, the year-end concert. These events are held in the AISM auditorium and gym, where they can come together and celebrate with all students.
The Giving TreeLed by our Service Learning Coordinator, students and parents bring Christmas gifts for the children of the Shepherd Centre Foundation in Kajang. This event instils a feeling of gratitude among AISM students and the community for their own circumstances, helping them to develop compassion for the less fortunate.
End of Year Stationery DonationsIt is our tradition to donate a signiﬁcant amount of used stationery to charity at every year end. Our Year 10 students donated used resources to the Chin School Organisation (CSO), the Rohingya Schools and also, the Afghani Schools around Kuala Lumpur.