Monday, November 20, 2006

Temuan Community

Temuan Community - a project under Soroptimist International Club of Bangsar ("SICB") in Kampung Hulu Cemperuh, Pahang. A long and lasting relationship started with SICB adopting the 30 families in the community, undertaking health and education and starting a goat-rearing project for them to generate income in 2001. It started due to the sight of a child’s body badly disfigured by fire caught the attention and compassion of the SICB team members who were with members from the Australian Soroptimist.

The goat-rearing project won a prestigious award last week. The project clinched the coveted SI Excellent Best Practice Award for SICB last week, beating 300 entries worldwide. It was the first time that a Malaysian Soroptimist club had won the overall Top Award, although in previous years several clubs had won in other categories. The goat-rearing project also won the International Best Practice Award in Economic and Social Development, one of six focus areas.

SICB’s efforts helped in alleviating poverty of the marginalised orang asli ("indigenous people") in Kampung Hulu Cemperuh.

The award entitles SICB to participate in the United Nations plenary session on the 2007 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York from Feb 26 to March 9 next year. Soroptimist International is a non-governmental organisation for women in management and the professions. It has some 93,000 members in 3,000 clubs in 125 countries. SI has general consultative status with several UN and World Health Organisation agencies. (source: The Star)
Tags: Soroptimist International, Temuan, Commission on the Status of Women, Charity, Women, Social, Community, Pahang

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