On the 16th of January, the Arabic cultural society with the collaboration of ACT and Enlightenment had organized yet another amazing and wonderful event, "A Love We Share."
The event’s aim was to bring a smile on the war torn children of Syria, Iraq and Somalia, by making them feel that they are special just like the other ordinary kids who makes our world colorful and chromatic.
One might think, it was a one day thing which could not have a massive hearty effect on the lives of the innocent torn apart toddlers. But that is not the point. A smile lasts forever and roots from the very core of one’s heart. These children have seen days of misery, have gone through the worst situation that one can fathom. Lost very closed loved ones and have been vacuumed to a world where they believe it was a mistake them being born. Gesturing them with such an event to lighten them up and showing them that the rest of the world cares for them goes a mile away than just being generous and caring.
The event was held in the Multipurpose hall, MMU Cyber, under the supervision of almost 60 participants, 40 from MMU Melaka and the rest from cyber. At around 3 pm, the 150 refugees residing in the outskirts of KL were welcomed with claps and greetings.
The Hall seemed as if it was wrapped with balloons. The serenity of the environment cracked into sounds of joy and popping of balloons; the children were surely relishing the moment of CRUSHING the balloons with their tiny little fingers. The food was served at around 3.30 pm, and the feast was on the move. The children loved the attention they were getting!
The event was packed with activities to keep the children entertained. Games like apple on a thread, musical chair, chocolate and flour, 3 legged race were few of the main attractions. The children were given the full freedom to play what they wanted instead of imposing the planned activities on them. This continued till 6.30pm, after which it was taken over by Mascot dance which amused and enthralled the children till 8pm. Each of the kids were given educational gifts before they departed at around 9pm.
This event will last in their little innocent world and be cherished as one of those nostalgic warm cocoons to move them a day forward in their tough lives. Touching someone’s heart is one thing but having an intent of making it a wowing is yet another.
The fact that we as students from various nations around the world with meagre funds we had of which at times were forced to dig deeper into people’s pockets by holding donation sessions and having held events like to Movie night to raise an extra penny, shows how much it meant for us to shower them with love in their world of shredded tenderness.
It does not take wealth to give, it takes a heart to give. And gladly it was an event worth it.
As the director, Tahsin Islam Sakib, of the event summarizes the event,
This event is really close to my heart. We have been working for last 2 months to make this event successful. Our main target was to draw smile in the face of refugees and that is what we did. We believe the aura of this event will inspire people more to help refugees as they are temporary immigrants in Malaysia and they are facing health issues, educational issues and money issues. As a director I am satisfied with that we could groom the ethics of participants through this event. Everyone was tired but all was satisfied by this event. I am happy that they are happy and I hope Malaysian Government and people who live in Malaysia will put more effort into continuous help for refugees in future. Definitely, this event is be a memorable event for us to remember.