I have a confession to make. I just recently realized that I haven’t stayed with any organization longer than I have with World Vision Malaysia! Even though it is far from being a full-time engagement and I have taken breaks in between, I have been volunteering with World Vision Malaysia at my convenience for the 7th year now!
Through the years, I have attempted a whole range of roles and I have definitely grown from these experiences.
Sponsoring a child with World Vision has always been my personal aspiration.
From the time I received my first paycheck, I was always thinking about when I would feel financially stable and comfortable to commit to a lifetime of child sponsorship. I finally did it as my 25th birthday present to myself. I may have accomplished it earlier if I knew it can also be a group sponsorship, where multiple persons sponsor 1 child.
To clarify, World Vision does not have a group child sponsorship program. But this is being practised by groups of people who want to sponsor collectively.
End of last year, World Vision Malaysia invited me to join their 20th anniversary program as one of the 20 ambassadors. This group of ambassadors represented different people who have been pillars to World Vision’s work: child sponsors, corporate sponsors, volunteers, partners, etc.
In 2012, I was in my Final Year in college. I’ve always wanted to join and experience World Vision 30-Hour Famine activity and I thought I should finally work on it. I registered to be a volunteer on their website and the next thing I knew was that they had contacted my lecturer whom I listed as my referral. Whoa. So seriously one ah?
Little did I know that Wang Lee Hom was the ambassador that year and I saw him on stage as a volunteer who was in charge of keeping the toilets sanitized. No kidding! But I really enjoyed the experience — the toilet and Lee Hom.
When I was a kid, I always looked up at all the 姐姐s aged 25 and above; I had the perception that by age 25, one would qualify as a lady and should be financially independent. Besides that, one should be able to present herself well and is in a stable relationship.
I feel like a sakai at 25. I feel like I’m still stuck in high school, doing nonsense and not anywhere close to being lady-like.
That aside, when the new year came (I consider myself 25 on 1 Jan itself), I did feel the significance of turning a quarter century old (or as I blurted out mindlessly to a friend, I’m at my quarter life). I felt the urge to take care of myself, which I have shared in Starting 2016 with Big-C.
Before all these Big-C fiasco, I told myself that I’m gonna upgrade myself to become a sponsor mother to a World Vision child when I turn 25. I’ve always aspired to sponsor a child when I’m financially stable.
Sometimes, people walk up to you and say they are collecting funds for a certain orphanage somewhere. How do you respond? As much as there’s a good chance there are legitimate fundraisers out there, I’m normally skeptical. I feel that it’s either I go to the orphanage myself for donation and charity, or I trust the works of established NGO, like World Vision Malaysia.
World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children and families to overcome extreme poverty and injustice. We work to promote human transformation, seek justice for the oppressed and demonstrate the love of God for all peoples. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
Today, World Vision is helping more than 100 million people through its various development, humanitarian and emergency relief programmes. With more than 45,000 staff in 100 countries, it is one of the largest relief organisations in the world.