Adapting and Changing Mindsets

Adapting and Changing Mindsets

Covid-19 took all of us by surprise.

Some are hit harder than the others.

When the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented, we wanted to find out how our community was doing and did a survey amongst 100 entrepreneurs who lived in PPR areas. The survey showed that 77% of them felt mentally stressed out. We realise that this was heavily affected by the fear of getting the virus (28%), financial needs as many of them couldn’t work or run their businesses (27%), and over their children’s learning (15%).

With this, we knew that it was essential for us to address their needs rather than just doing things Business-As-Usual (BAU). We knew we had to first address their need for groceries and how they can cope with their current situation. Moreover, we knew that we couldn’t fish for them long term, empowering them to sustain themselves during this period is also essential.

We quickly started a Program Keusahawanan (PK) Alumni Facebook Group to empower our B40 entrepreneur community and a B40 women’s support WhatsApp group chat to provide this community with emotional well being modules. For each committed participation, we will then provide them grocery care packs to help them with food supplies through this difficult period. Throughout these 3 months, with the help of various partners like CIMB Islamic, CIMB Foundation, Canon, Takaful Malaysia and Impact Malaysia, we were able to deliver 639 care packs to more than 2,530 B40 family members.

To execute our programs, social media platforms were our go-to options as they were easily accessible for our community. For our entrepreneurs, we ran weekly classes that taught them to adapt to online selling and leveraging on existing delivery services. Following this, we too shared with them how they could run a WhatsApp business while giving a few tips on digital marketing and basic poster designing. Besides that, during the Ramadan month, we kickstarted the Kedai Kita Lah initiative to consolidate all meaningful businesses on one platform to allow people to support these small businesses.

As for our women support group, our team psychologist, Nelavathi Marimuthu, she planned out weekly emotional well being modules to help the women from different aspects such as emotional management, parenting strategy, developing self confidence and other related topics. For every session, almost 100% of the participants mentioned that they have found it beneficial and could practice what they learned in their daily lives to better cope with the current situation. Similarly, participants would receive care packs for participating as an encouragement for their fighting spirit to adapt to the new changes.

We have seen how our communities started to adapt and change. Our programs work and it is a sustainable way of empowering them to be sustainable. It’s been almost three months and our next step is to teach our communities to adapt to the new normal, to focus on Life after Covid-19 and that it’s possible to thrive even when things are difficult.

We are always looking for interested companies to partner us to run sustainable charitable programs. For partnership opportunities, do reach out to may.wong@taylors.edu.my.

 

Takaful Malaysia reached out to B40 Families during MCO

Takaful Malaysia reached out to B40 Families during MCO

Many B40 families are struggling to make ends meet with their recent loss of jobs and income due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed by the government since 18th March. With the latest announcement of the MCO being extended to the 28th April, these vulnerable B40 communities are pleading for help. 

In recognizing the situation, Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Keluarga Bhd (“Takaful Malaysia”) partnered with Taylor’s Education Group (“Taylor’s”) to disburse some much needed essential goods while deploying online modules to encourage families to bond. 

Adhering to their brand promise of “We Protect. We Care. We Share.”, group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Mohamed Hassan Kamil said that the company was fulfilling its corporate philosophy in prioritizing the community. “We believe in taking swift actions to enable more purchase of essential goods for our B40 communities. We are more than happy to be part of the campaign by Taylor’s as we also recognized the importance of ensuring the community continuously bond with their families through learning modules. We want them to know that we care for them beyond just feeding them food, but also nurturing their minds and continue to give them hope,” he said in a statement today.

The online module created by Taylor’s required the participants to create 3 posters to depict scenarios of Protecting, Caring and Sharing within their family unit in order to win essential goods worth RM100 each. These posters were completed by 95 family units, with parents coaching their children through the process. 

“We’ve been supporting these families for so many years and it saddened us to see them struggling to cope with this sudden change. We are grateful that this partnership with Takaful provided us with the opportunity to support these families with some much needed food and at the same time, provide them with some activities to keep them productive at home. They were indeed very creative as we received many impressive submissions” said May Wong, Taylor’s group communications and corporate social responsibility manager. 

Through the competition jointly organized by Taylor’s and Takaful, 5 children walked away with RM200 worth of groceries and stationaries each. Another top 70 entrants were awarded RM100 worth of groceries and stationaries per submission.

“It’s such a refreshing activity for our family. My son is now in year 6 and this activity helped him relax while preparing for his UPSR, especially when needs to be locked in due to the MCO”, said Zubaidah binti Abdullah, resident of PPR Pantai Ria and one of the top 10 winners. When asked about her creation, she said, “we took two days to complete it because we wanted to do our best as a family. For examples, though we wanted to use water colour, but we have a 7 year old who doesn’t know how to use it yet, so we decided to use both colour pencils and water colour. You can see that our poster is a blend of both. I am thankful for the family bonding time over this activity!” said the mother of two.

Takaful prioritizes giving back to the communities by supporting the vulnerable communities through impactful corporate citizenship programs.

Canon helps children cope with change

Canon helps children cope with change

Emotional well-being online module helped B40 children cope with change in this challenging time and won their families some much needed groceries and stationaries.

COVID-19 pandemic forces families to embrace changes in their daily routine as schools, nonessential businesses and social events are put on hold. While some families are coping better with the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed by the government since 18th March, many B40 families are struggling to make end meets with loss of their daily income. Children are affected too by the sudden change of their routine. The more privileged children are kept occupied with online learning modules from schools or private learning centers but the B40 children are at a vulnerable state as they may not have access to online learning materials. Acknowledging this fact, Canon Malaysia in partnership with Taylor’s Education Group deployed an emotional well-being module to help the B40 children cope with this change and provided livelihood support in the form of groceries and stationaries.

This is the second jointly organized program between Canon and Taylor’s, following their first successful partnership in April 2019 that benefitted xx number of children from the B40 community. Realizing that the MCO has threatened the livelihood of many B40 families, Canon reached out through Taylor’s and donated RM5,000 worth of items for 45 families from PPR Lembah Pantai area, which has been identified as one of the COVID-19 ‘hot spots’. 

“When the government announced the implementation of the MCO, our hearts went to the children that we’ve met during our program last year. We knew their families will be badly impacted by the MCO as most of their parents’ have micro businesses and it will be disrupted,” said (Insert Canon representative name and title here) 

“We chose to partner with Taylor’s Education Group as our program last year was successful and they have been consistently supporting the B40 communities” (he/she) continued, explaining that their team quickly connected with Taylor’s and deployed a program to help children cope with the sudden change and to provide a much relief to their parents in the form of groceries and stationaries.

Taylor’s Education Group have been supporting the vulnerable B40 families in the PPR communities since 2016 through entrepreneurship and emotional well-being programs. In view of the need to help these B40 children cope with change, a module donated by HumanKind was deployed and through a social media voting content. 

“We’ve been supporting these children for so many years and it saddened us to see them struggling to cope with this sudden change. We are grateful that this second partnership with Canon provided us the opportunity to support these vulnerable children emotionally while contributing some items to relief their families’ burden” said May Wong, Taylor’s group communications and corporate social responsibility manager.

5 children emerged as winners, walking away with RM200 worth of groceries and stationaries each. Another top 40 entries were awarded RM100 worth of groceries and stationaries per submission.

“At first I wasn’t sure how to do the activity, but after discussing with my parents and consulting “Cikgu”, I try it out and had a lot of fun with it. It was my first time doing this activity and I am very happy that many people voted for my creation” said Nur Qaireen Qisha bt Ahmad Shaidan from PPR Pantai Ria, one of the top 5 winners.

When asked about her creation that won her the top 5 spot, she said “I take it as a challenge to hunt around my house for the materials needed. Surprisingly I’ve managed to find quite suitable items despite not having much at home. I just let my instinct and emotions guide me in creating the ‘face’. I thought it looked pretty funny at first but I liked it after taking many pictures of it. I’m so glad people online liked my photo too and voted for it!” said the 9 year old gleefully.

 

Canon believes in using photos to tell a story and together with Taylor’s encouragement for healthy expressions of emotions, hopefully these vulnerable children can cope better through this change.

Our 3rd Entrepreneurship Program came to a Peak!

Our 3rd Entrepreneurship Program came to a Peak!

On Merdeka Day, 500 people gathered at Taylor’s Lakeside Campus to make a difference! Our 3rd Taylor’s-CIMB Islamic Entrepreneurship Program (Program Keusahawanan) have come to a peak where last Saturday, it was the presentation day for our beneficiaries. It was the chance for them to receive business grants in the form of equipments, for their business development, in hopes to empower them to self-sustain independently.

After 6-8 weeks of grinding, business classes including goal setting, financial planning, marketing, branding, and mock presentations after mock presentations, our beneficiaries entered an arena of passionate judges to Business Pitch, but in our participant’s eyes, a ‘lions den’ of experienced judges! It is with great courage that they’ve brought themselves to this point!

Coming from an array of background, be it from the B40 communities or those who are Asnafs (people who are entitled to receive from from the Muslim community), Refugees, Differently-Abled or single parents, all 200 of them presented their business pitch to various judges.

Apart from that, our Mini Entrepreneurship Program too came to a highlight were they created products and organised a Mini Bazaar. 10 of the children too were trained to business pitch to the judges their parents faced. The judges were all impressed by our children who were able to articulate clearly their goals and business ideas. We see that this program have been a by-the-way blessing for this entire Program. Our beneficiaries’ children too were able to pick up transferable skills for their personal development.

Altogether, we had 17 presentations rooms and more than 100 volunteering judges who were industry experts, entrepreneurs, academics and even NGO leaders. Moreover, we also had 100 student volunteers came to help out in this event. We are truly thankful to all who contributed to the success of the event!

Yet, this is not the end, following the release of the results, more business classes and monitoring would be held to ensure that our beneficiaries truly benefit and are empowered to be better entrepreneurs from this program who could increase their earning power. So, we’re still looking for trainers and volunteers! For enquiries, contact us at taylors.community@taylors.edu.my!

KidZania, an Educative Trip to Bridge Gaps!

KidZania, an Educative Trip to Bridge Gaps!

Last August, Canon Malaysia brought our Kids 4 Kids Club to KidZania for a one day trip! We all knew that it would something exciting for our children and more so, for those who have yet to set foot into that place!

Our children from the K4K club aren’t all as privileged as other city folks but certainly have the same potential to grow and become great leaders of our nation. Hence, our aim is to expose them to more opportunities, to increase their confidence, instil self-motivation for success, and  build good character and soft skills that will bring them far in life.


This partnership with Canon certainly brought us a step closer in achieving our goals, where our children gained new ambitions as they were exposed to more career paths that sparked their interest. KidZania provided them first hand experience through role play and moreover, it gave them the opportunity to try out jobs that weren’t taught in school. This widened their perspectives and inspired them to pursue their passions instead of following what people tell them they should do. For instance, with Canon’s guidance, while almost all of them had their first lesson using the DSLR , out of 35 students, 2 of our students discovered their interest in capturing moments and mentioned that photographer can be a possible path to take on. Lastly, their confidence level too increased. Below are some of the findings we identified from the one day trip.

The data might not have portrayed all positively, but from this, we identified areas for improvement and will work hard to make their days with us more fulfilling and impactful. Above all, we would like to thank Canon for giving our children more opportunities, bridging gaps for them with the other children, making a difference for our K4K children in an impactful manner!

For partnership opporutnities, contact us at taylors.community@taylors.edu.my.

Check out out video here to see what our children did!