People with disabilities faced numerous challenges with lack of skills or qualification which results in unemployment. Due to interest in physical wellness increases, SPA therapy became popular and emerged as important profit centres for beauty salon, resorts and hotels. Most people assumed typical people are expertise in beauty line dan have overlooked the potential of people with disabilities in this field. To train them is something extraordinary, not an easy task but it is possible.
Special Education ‘Teratak Spa’ of Panji Secondary School, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, revealed that people with disabilities can enhance an individual’s self-confidence and overcome barriers successfully. To explore the entrepreneurship world, they also create products and learn marketing through Pandan Oil for hair treatment, Citronella Oil as massage oil, Lip Gloss for dry lips and Cleansing Milk for face. With training, encouragement and commitment, people with disabilities do show equivalent qualities and talent.
Projek Iqra' is a registered NGO under ROS since 2013. Founded by 3 friends who studied together in UTM Kuala Lumpur in 1998. Projek Iqra' focusing on education and welfare issues. Main target are underprivileged children and teenagers who are left behind in school. Currently there are 2 major projects going on. Kelas Rakyat and Peluang Kedua.
Kelas Rakyat is a free tuition classes tailored specifically for students who are left behind in school. We use special modules design by i-SINA. Currently there are 9 locations of Kelas Rakyat in KL, Selangor, Kedah and Negeri Sembilan. Peluang Kedua is program for those above 15 years old who are not into academic and wanted to do skills program. We help underprivileged students who can't afford to go to skills program by sponsoring entrance fee and monthly allowance. We also monitor their progress closely. We work closely with Sekolah Henry Gurney for this program as well as students of Kelas Rakyat. Currently there are 15 students benefiting from this program studying in various skills program such as electrical, automotive etc.
Projek Yusuff was established in 2015, and started out as the strategic partner for an educational-based NGO, Projek Iqra’. For two nights every week, a group of University of Malaya (UM) volunteers from various faculties, will spend quality time with selected children from PPR Pantai Ria, Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur. Most of the children do not possess the required reading and writing skills for their age, which in turn affects their academic performance and social development. With our intervention in doing Bahasa Melayu, English and Mathematics exercises, along with fun learning sessions, and visits to KidZania, fire station, and the Faculty of Engineering UM, these children are now much more confident going to school. For the UM volunteers, Projek Yusuff provided a platform for them to explore their role as the future agent of societal changes, even before graduating.