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Telco volunteers build homes for Orang Asli families

AvantiKumar | Nov. 3, 2016
This shows that creativity and passion can help make huge changes in people's lives, said one volunteer.

Kongsi Home Building (Maxis)  

Photo - Volunteers helping to build new homes for two Orang Asli families from the ground up.

 

More than 60 volunteers built a brand new home each for two Orang Asli families from Perkampungan Orang Asli Serendah, Rawang, Selangor.

The volunteers, comprising employees of Maxis and its media agencies, achieved the task in two sessions held from 19-21 August and 26-28 August.

Building specialists provided by EPIC Homes guided the group throughout the building project, which is part of the 'Maxis Kongsi Home' drive launched earlier this year, where Maxis teamed up with Malaysia's online shopping destinations and EPIC Homes to create a new way to crowdfund homes for families without a safe place to live.

Online shoppers visiting these shopping sites could purchase building materials for community home-building projects by EPIC Homes.

"It was an amazing experience to be part of a team doing something that is not only fun and educational, but one that actually made a huge change in someone's life," said one of the volunteers, Adzhar Ibrahim who is also Maxis' head of People & Organisation. "It shows what creativity and passion can do when blended with energy and enthusiasm." 

Volunteers Kongsi Home building (Maxis) 

Photo - Maxis volunteers, together with the Orang Asli families, in front of their brand new home.

Another volunteer, Thum Wei Wen, said, "I think this is one of the most emotionally connected volunteering programmes I've ever been part of."

 "It was truly a humbling experience, to see the children smiling and playing around their new home and tears of joy coming from their parents. I'm just glad to be able to be a part of this new start in their life," said Shazmin Ghazali.

"Little did I know I would be venturing into one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The camaraderie, enthusiasm passion and dedication to build a new home for a family made the journey an exhilarating and memorable one," said Kunal Gupta.

 

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