Helping the Underprivileged Community
It’s been known that most of the people go to orphanage houses to help them, give them laughter, teach them some life skill and of course give them some warmth. Thus, in this project, I would like to bring laughter and some musical skill to these children, letting them know that there is people out there caring for them.In this project, 2 orphanage homes from Seremban and Port Dickson are selected. This project will be running for a month, practice will be held on the first to third weekends and the fourth weekend of the month, we will do a small performance. This performance consists of both orphanage homes performance pieces and a jamming session together.For the performance week, both of the orphanage homes will gather at a selected performing place, performing the piece they’ve been trained in these few weeks. This will be a wonderful chance for them to make friends which they seldom have chance to do so as they used to be in their houses.The orphanage homes chosen would be: (i) Rhema Children Welfare Home, Seremban. (ii) New Life Care Center, Port Dickson
Overview of Issue / Background
It’s been known that most of the people go to orphanage houses to help them, give them laughter, teach them some life skill and of course give them some warmth. Thus, in this project, I would like to bring laughter and some musical skill to these children, letting them know that there is people out there caring for them.
In this project, 2 orphanage homes from Seremban and Port Dickson are selected. This project will be running for a month, practice will be held on the first to third weekends and the fourth weekend of the month, we will do a small performance. This performance consists of both orphanage homes performance pieces and a jamming session together.
For the performance week, both of the orphanage homes will gather at a selected performing place, performing the piece they’ve been trained in these few weeks. This will be a wonderful chance for them to make friends which they seldom have chance to do so as they used to be in their houses.
The orphanage homes chosen would be:
(i) Rhema Children Welfare Home, Seremban.
(ii) New Life Care Center, Port Dickson
Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)
- Create a culture friendly environment: Percussion in Malaysia is a well known performance for any big events. There are three types of percussion style, Chinese, Malay and Indian style. We will bring these 3 types of culture to them, and teach some of the unique beats of it. Giving chance to the children.
- To exert creativity and discover music talent among the children: These children might not have chance to expose to this culture and the music talent in them might never be discovered in the past days. So, this is definitely a pathway to make them get to know how good they play in music.
- Performing and learning chance: Learning in such a way is the most effective way as they have fun and can learn new things at the same time. Not everyone have the chance to perform in their lifetime, giving them a performing chance not only giving them new experience but also a new way to fill their free times by playing music in the future.
Project Details (Activities and Tasks)
There will be 9 facilitators going together to run this project. The facilitators will be divided to 2 groups, one group teaching Rhema home kids and the other group will be teaching the New Life Care home kids. The main activities of the project are listed as below.
- Designing own musical instrument: Children will either provided with some unwanted things that can make sound, such as biscuit tin, water pail or even a old unwanted stool (preferably to be convenient for them to carry around).
- Designing their own performing shirt: White T shirt will be provided for kids of both homes, letting them design their own desired performing shirt. The materials for designing will be belaka paint and provided some accessories or decorative stuffs.
- Games about tempos and music: Children are gathered around (or separate into 2 groups, if large number of people) to play games together. By chance, games introduced will be related to the practice session and give a brief introduce about playing percussion.
- Practice session: Facilitators will be guiding through the practice session, giving chance for children to exert their creativity and there presentation on the last day of the activity.
- Performance session: There will be some percussion plays and performance by the facilitators in the intervals of the practice.
- Small performance by kids: A place will be set as performance place (eg beach or places with crowds) for the children to perform. The rough schedule of the small performance would be, performance by Rhema home, performance by New Life Care home and a jamming session of both homes. Dinner will be provided for them at the last day of the project, which is the performing day.
Expected Project Result & Outcomes
As what stated in the objectives, we hope that no matter whom the children are, what background are they from or where they are from, playing music is a happy thing, an easily achieved task and performing to no longer belong to professionals.
And of course, we hope that the children does not feel left out from the society and know that we cared for them and they can also join society activities together with us.
The main reason of doing this project is still see the joyfulness in them.
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|University name||:||UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM MALAYSIA|
|Project leader name||:||EE ZHI JIN|
|Project implementation date||:||2022-09-30|
|Location of project held||:||New Life Care Center, Port Dickson|
|Beneficiary||:||Rhema home childrens|
|Number of beneficiaries||:||30|
Project Happiness – The Happy Beat Project
The goal of Happy Beat Project is teaching kids from the orphanage homes how to play music through simple recycled items by playing beats and let them to have an opportunity to perform to the public. The fund raising gives us chance to make a shout out to the society, telling them we are doing this, also as an event promoting. It’s tough when it comes to money, but we managed to raise enough money bit-by-bit.
In the early of the proposal, it was planned to be a performance to the public from two homes (which are nearest to each other), but things do not worked well, orphanages we selected wasn’t interested in this idea, so we turned out going station by station instead of doing both together. Thus, New Life Care Centre, Port Dickson was chosen as the first station of our project. The kids from the home are Indians and Malays, while our team members are all Chinese. It wasn’t tough if we speak English with them, but some of the younger kids do not understand English and only speaks Tamil. The bigger kids who slightly understands English, always volunteered to be the translator, which makes us feel that the kids are really intimate and caring.
The most unanticipated difficulties was, we did not expect that small amount of crowd during the performance, as we already chose the place with most crowd in Port Dickson – Teluk Kemang and perform on a public holiday (31th of August). However, there is still a few tourists got attracted and their kids joined us to play. The flyers of helping the home needs were not given out thoroughly as the crowd is too small. But the kids do really enjoy themselves performing by the beach. It is lack of the promoting of this event, as this is the first time for us planning such a big event. We will take it as an experience and improve ourselves for the next station and hoping for the better improvement.
The benefit party for this project is both the project team and the orphanage. The team enjoys the time spent with the kids, playing together and making different kinds of DIY stuffs together. From the feedback from the team, they are grateful that they’ve joined this project to bring more than just ‘donation’ to the kids; they had good times with them and had already treated the kids as their friends. While the orphanage kids enjoyed their first performance by the beach, happy to play with our team and they do also received presents (new bags along with new stationeries, home needs and McDonald’s happy meal). The home expressed their gratitude to us on the last day of the project, telling us it’s really happy to see the kids enjoyed so much and that’s what makes them feel pleased.
During the project period, we realized that there are kids who is having music potentials in them and this is why we are giving them a Djembe(musical instrument) to let them continue playing this. By this, the kids can use their own instruments to play during any event in the future (as I know, the kids love to play music on Sunday prayers at the church), which leads to the long term impact of the project. We have not gave them the djembe as we turned out with a plan to give them on Christmas as a gift for them, as they are all Christians and it would be great to see the kids again after the project.
I believe this project brings happiness to the orphanage children, from the first day to the last day, or maybe still continuing. The kids were so happy and excited when they DIY their own musical instruments and T shirts, they don’t mind getting themselves dirty with the paint, they draw paint on their faces instead. Since week 2, they getting used to us coming to the home on 2pm, standing infront of the home gate, waiting for our arrival. Everytime we are welcomed by them singing the song we taught them and always ends with full of laughter. I did remember, on the last day of the project, before we go to the performance area, the kids get themselves changed into their self painting Tshirts. A few of them wore their new pants and new shoes, and telling me that they are getting excited to perform in the crowd. They showed me how meaningful it is this project to them and how important it is to them. And I tell myself, it’s all worth it.
This is the first time I go to an orphanage home. In my impression, orphanage kids are shy, not out-going, and fear of outsiders or being socialized. These kids from New Life Care Centre, Port Dickson do really change how I think. They are heart-warming; they are lovely like angels of this Earthly ground. They smile and laugh with the truest heart. On the last day of the project, the kids did told me one of the elder ones is having her 17th birthday on the next day, our team decided to make a simple card for her, with full of blessings and wishes. I passed it to her when she’s enjoying her Happy Meal; she was so shocked and touched, giving me the face expression that I will not forget in my lifetime. She hugged me and repeating ‘thank you so much, I really appreciate it, thank you!’ and tears rolling off. They don’t expecting anything from you, they don’t demand, they’re grateful of what they have today from us, the simplest happiness.
The kids don’t take others opinion/comment towards their heart, they do things in their own way; they define beauty by themselves, which makes them happier than us, all of us, the adult, the city, the community, the world. The laughter from them, is the reason I smile today.
Yes, project Happiness did change my view to this world. Being a 20 years old student, I barely seen any company or people give chance to university student to build up a project (lack of experience), but KHIND changed how I think. It makes me feel that, this world is full of hope. There are still kind people outside wants to bring happiness to this world and light up the dark corner. Although it would not be a great and long-life one, but it do live in our and their heart forever. Because, the smallest things fill up the most space in our heart.