Adoption of Six Communities, Malaysia
SSIO Malaysia has adopted 6 Global Communities. There are various activities which are ongoing. An additional four communities are projected to be adopted by 2019 and SSIO Malaysia would like to offer 10 Global Community projects for our beloved Swami for His 95th birthday.
SSIO Malaysia has set up a committee with criteria for acceptance of community adoption. The projects should include sustainable service, devotional and educational projects. The current adopted communities include:
- Desa Mentari, Selangor
- Kampung Ujung Batu . Butterworth Penang
- Taman Cenderawasih, Pahang
- Matang Jaya, Selangor
- Lukut, Negeri Sembilan
- Nigel Garden, Selangor
Desa Mentari Selangor State
There regular activities include weekly bhajans, group Gayathri mantra chanting, temple bhajans, poojas on special occasions, self transformation programmes (12-15 people monthly), well-attended spiritual lectures (100-120 people), public programme for Swami’s Birthday (700 people) and young adult spiritual programme for promoting unity. SSE (Sathya Sai Spiritual Education) students also presented a drama and dance programme.
There are many ongoing, regular service activities. Needy families (26 families) are provided food provisions with many varieties of food on amonthly basis. Twice weekly cooked meals are served to 150 needy people. Also classes teaching single mothers to stitch clothing are provided multiple times a week to help them gain independence and earn a living. Other programmes include temple cleaning, blood donations, animal care at the animal shelter, and service to nearly 300 needy school children with uniforms, shoes, and school supplies.
Ongoing tuition (tutoring) five days a week has helped many needy children (60) who have improved their studying skills and exam scores. There was also an SSE Sankranthi (Ponggal) Celebration where 60 children enjoyed many educational and fun activities. There was also an Educare Carnival where 30 children performed a drama based on “Siti Hagar”, the Noble Mother of Ishmael (Abraham’s first born) and her sacrifice for her beloved son. More than 1000 members of the public enjoyed the festivities.
Kampung Ujung Batu, Butterworth Penang State
Regular devotional activities include weekly bhajans, EHV programme, and spiritual talks. Also every few months, there are meditation and motivation classes which include young adults and also Gayathri chanting.
Ongoing tuition (tutoring) classes are held weekly with a focus on early high school and improving English speaking skills. Additional projects include EHV students participating in temple cleaning, food distribution to the needy and back to school service for the needy children (school supplies, clothing, shoes). A health programme is held quarterly to educate on preventive measures include proper hygiene.
Taman Cenderawasih, Pahang State
Devotional activities include weekly bhajans, weekly Gayathri manthra chanting and monthly temple bhanjans. Service activities include weekly tuition (tutoring) and temple cleaning and other temple service. Educational activities include weekly SSEHV classes and teen youth classes. Students also performed dramas for various festival celebrations.
Matang Jaya, Selangor State
Matang Jaya is a housing project comprising about 400 houses located 50 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. These low-cost houses were mainly built for low income, needy families. Several local Sathya Sai Centres (Cheras, Brickfields, Batu Caves, and Sentul) participate with an emphasis on helping the school children and needy families. An acquired local two storey home is the home base for various activities serving this adopted community.
Devotional activities include EHV classes emphasising the importance of spirituality and bhajan classes. Monthly classes on teaching children their own religion are held. The major religious festivals (Sankranthi/Pongal, Deepavali, and Christmas) and Chinese New Year are celebrated. Children are taught to respect their parents on Father’s and Mother’s Days. Bhajans and Gayathri manthra chanting are also conducted periodically in the homes of the local people in the adopted community with family participation.
Service activities include a monthly recycling project, annual tree planting and an annual visit with provision of food and soft toys to the children in the local hospital. There is also a regular food service and a light meditation programme. There is also an annual food delivery activity for prisoners in the local prison.
There is also a free medical clinic every Sunday.
Educational programmes include weekly EHV classes, every other week tuition/tutoring, monthly classes on Hinduism and unique field trips every six months (eg. Students taken to visit the Forest Research Institute and visit to KidZania, an experiential children’s learning and fun centre.
Other NGOs have recognised the service provided by SSIOM in this Global Community project and volunteered to support and contribute towards the sustenance of the project are:
JCI – Junior Chambers of International (M), an International Organisation provided the setting up of Library and Computer Lab in the house for the children.
TAR University College donated funds towards the children’s activity in taking them out for “ Forest Research Institute”- Enjoy The Nature Programme, and donated dictionaries for library.
Metta Foundation – Buddhist Organisation has undertaken Yearly Sponsoring of School Uniforms & School bags to all students.
Lukut, Negeri Sembilan State
Sathya Sai Organisation of Negeri Sembilan established a Surau (Muslim Prayer House) near the Global Community location. 30 Muslim families perform their daily prayers here. The Muslim community works closely with other communities at the Surau on joint programmes.
Devotional activities include regular bhajans in the temple, monthly spiritual talks, Gayathri manthra chanting and temple cleaning. Educational activities include SSE classes twice a month, SSE festival celebrations, and coloring contests for the children. Service activities include back to school provision of school supplies to children, monthly service of cooked food, providing dry food supplies to needy families, and animal care by serving stray dogs food. The home of a mentally challenged woman living with her daughter was also repaired.
Back to School – Over 100 school children are provided with school uniform, bag and a pair of shoes
Serving Cooked Food – being given once a month
Animal Care – Serving food for stray dogs
Provide Dry Provisions – 15 families are provided with dry provisions
Restoring a broken house of a mentally challenged mother and daughter nearby to the vicinity by the community
Nigel Garden, Selangor State
Service activities included food service at the local school canteen. Human Values Day was celebrated as a family event with activities including children’s games and teaching respect to parents by stressing importance of a mother’s blessing as many of the children come from broken homes. Medical and dental screening were provided by healthcare professionals. Students were also taught personal hygiene skills.
Superhero Motivational Camp was held for students encompassing learning & communicating in English, personal hygiene and some outdoor fun. Some of the activities included: indoor and outdoor games.
UPSR Examination (primary school achievement test) prayers for year-6 students and parents and a UPSR Academic Camp was held. This 3-day crash preparatory course for the students prior to the UPSR examination. Students were given audiobooks to aid their independent learning. The new technology encouraged students to learn in a fun way.