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Quality Education
Cancer Awareness: From Bench to Community

Cancer is one of the world's most serious health issues. According to the Global Burden of Disease, cancer claimed the lives of 9.56 million people in 2017. Cancer is responsible for one out of every six deaths worldwide. Since cancer is one of the leading causes of death, making strides against it is one of the world's most important issues. Millions of efforts have been done worldwide to search for the cure and prevention strategies in order to improve the quality of life.   International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Kuantan, is one of the education organizations in the east coast, thus the role to transfer the scientific knowledge into layman terms should be highlighted including cancer related issues. For this project, the focus is on female-related cancers which is breast cancer. Breast cancer is ranked the first or the highest case in Kuantan, Pahang. To start with, the education and awareness among the female population, from age 18 years old and above in the selected community at Felda Bukit Sagu 1, Kuantan Pahang. This is due to the fact that the highest population of breast cancer patients in Kuantan is from this underprivileged  area.This community serves as a model of education and awareness foundation for this project, which can be replicated in other community in future. Based on the study done by Radiah et al., in 2020 (unpublished data), the knowledge and awareness on cancer is low among the community in Kuantan, Pahang generally. Thus, among the aspects that are proposed to be highlighted are:  awareness on early signs and symptoms, cancer and genetics, healthy lifestyle education especially from dietary intake and exercise perspective,  sharing sessions with breast cancer survivor from Kuantan, Pahang. It is hoped that there will be a good level of knowledge and awareness possession by the targeted population about the prevention and the importance of early detection of breast cancer at the end of this project. As for long term goal, this project will results in promoting further initiatives to strengthen the awareness and right guidance to breast cancer patients, and high risk population.  Besides being involved in education and awareness campaigns in this selected community, students also have an opportunity to engage with cancer survivors in this town as partners. By conducting this project, the challenge and difficulties will be experienced so this will enhance their motivation and understanding on the importance of sustainable research in cancer in order to benefit the society – from bench to community

RM 392.00
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Quality Education
Reading in Paradise

Sekolah Kebangsaan Kokol (SK Kokol) is a primary school located in the rural area of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah- namely Kampung Kokol, Menggatal. To have a better picture of Kampung Kokol’s rurality, it is located around 40 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu city centre. Based on recent interviews with the school principal, we have identified that the school is currently educating around 187 students from Year 1 to Year 6 along with 21 preschool students. Whilst we are working on another community project- service learning project with the school, the school principal has brought up other concerns with us- SK Kokol does not have a properly built and designated space for a library, and place to set up Information and Computer Technology (ICT) equipment for their students.Due to the school’s growing number of students and the implementation of distanced seats in compliance with SOP procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, they were forced to turn their previous library (pusat sumber) into a classroom. This caused the library's space becomes tiny and only used to store limited numbers of books. Therefore, we wish to build a new building in the school to provide a designated space for students to enjoy their readings while accompanied by the school’s lush scenery. The existing library will remain used to keep the books. The new building will use as a reading space, where we plan to build a reading nook with a comfortable outdoor environment for students to enjoy reading. Initially, we plan to build a mini library which can store books and also set up Information and Computer Technology (ICT) equipment for student use. However, the construction of the library is costly and needs several clearance documents, especially the letter of approval from the Sabah Education Department (JPNS), which might take longer to be permitted. Hence, while waiting for the letter of approval, we decided to build an outdoor reading space for student use as also listed in our prior plan-build a reading hut. But, in this project, we will build proper outdoor reading nooks which are way better than huts. Accordingly, this project will not stop when project ended. The project will continue in the next phase - building a proper mini library (indoor) plus a smart classroom- as also required by the school. For this purpose, we will seek funding from other organizations such as the Sabah Credit Corporation (SCC) as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).The school principal also expressed that these problems have existed for a long time as their call for help has been ignored continuously. When we visited them, the school principal told us that they would love to receive assistance for their school to become a better place for their students. Therefore, our project wishes to support them and bring the school’s needs to public attention.As stated earlier, this project also integrates with the service learning project, known as SULAM (Service Learning Malaysia-University for society) which is offered every semester.  In other words, this project is a continuous project and potentially be expanded to other schools, conducted by the same or different groups of students.

RM 1,020.00
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Helping the Underprivileged Community
Heart to Heart

Our plan is to organize a charity program to the community called Heart to Heart. Purpose of our project is to keep students active in helping the local community to be better than before. By doing this activity, it can indirectly foster a spirit of cooperation and love among the members of our club. Our focuses are to help orphanages live in better and more active conditions, and foster cooperativeness between outside organizations and Merge Club.  The Merge Committee, UMK’s Library Management Team, and Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan will work together to make this project successful. The project will take place at Yayasan Anak- Anak Yatim Kelantan (YAATIM). Our targets are Orphanages. On the day of the implementation, our team will go to the orphanage to carry out the planned activities. We will need supplies for mural, for cleaning the area, gifts for the homes. We target to have 19 items listed in the budget section below. It is very important for us to get this sponsorship because it can be used to reduce the costs of the activities and will help our club achieve its goals. The lack of costs has been something that worries us and we desperately need this sponsor to build a complete facility for our targeted communities. Additionally, as we are new in this kind of project, it will be very beneficial for us to get guides from you in order to build a strong project foundation. It will definitely help us grow as a more knowledgeable individual about how the community project works and its process.  

RM 435.00
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Environmental Protection
Green Nature for Better Future

The number of plastic waste keeps increasing every year and becoming a growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream. Landfill space is very limited and plastic is difficult to biodegrade. For this project, we are proposing to build a mini greenhouse by using recycled plastic bottles. We chose "Kampung Teluk Layang'' for the implementation of the project. It is a village for a community of stateless people who do not have an identity that stay in Sabah. During our site visit to this village, we discovered a lot of trash near the shore. We realize that this situation threatens the life and beauty of the environment.So, we want to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of environmental protection to these villagers. This mini greenhouse will serve as an exposure for them to comprehend more about environmental concerns.We discovered that some of them have planted vegetables and fruits but it is inefficient because the crop is disrupted by animals such as monkeys. This greenhouse will act as crop protection from any predators so that their crop can grow healthy. Apart from contributing to a reduction in pollution in the air and water, it is to encourage farming and emphasize the importance of greenhouses as a protection. To find permanent work also has become a challenge for this community. Through planting this will increase their food production and it also can support their daily lives without having to travel to the town. 

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Animal Protection
Paw's Eden

Care and Secure Help Center (C.A.S.H) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that operates as an animal shelter and houses over 200 homeless cats and dogs. The overwhelming number of animals sheltered by C.A.S.H has hindered the shelter’s conditions. In this case, the dogs are the priority as they take up the majority. The dogs have 2 outdoor playtimes a day, where healthy adult dogs are separated from the puppies and dogs with mobility issues. After visiting the shelter, we observed that the  dog’s playground is paved with gravel and barricaded by fences while fully exposed to the harsh weather. This worries the owner as the excruciating heat might result in heat strokes.  As for the facilities, the playground is lacking in the exercise department as there are only a couple of concrete cylinder wells for the dogs to jump on to for exercise. As for the dogs with mobility issues, They get their exercise by roaming around with wheelchairs in a more shaded area. Dogs that have mobility issues use customized wheelchairs to aid their movement until they have fully recovered. However, since each wheelchair is customized to each dog, after that dog heals up, the wheelchair will no longer be in use. Collab wants to help C.A.S.H animal shelter based on our ability. By understanding this, we would like to take this as an opportunity to improve the environment and welfare of the dogs by utilizing the undergraduate’s architectural knowledge and practical expertise. Moreover, raising awareness of the problems animal shelters face by seeking help from volunteering students during this project. 

RM 3,275.00
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Helping the Underprivileged Community
Teach The Needs 3.0

Every year, there are approximately 10 candidates from Sekolah Tunas Bakti Sg. Besi, an Institute of Moral Rehabilitation, register for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, SPM. Sekolah Tunas Bakti is an Approved School institution for the education, training and detention of children established or prescribed under section 65 (approved schools) of the Children Act 2001. All candidates are under Court Order under Paragraph 91 (1) (f) (sent to an approved school or Henry Gurney School) Children Act 2001. However, these candidates do not have proper resources to revise, including textbooks and exercise books. Besides that, lack of educators is one of the reasons since  they do not have teachers to guide them. We would like to help them pass SPM subjects through lessons tutored by college students. We will also provide 10 sets of textbooks, reference books and practice books as study material. We understand the importance of their opportunity in taking this exam because it promises them a better prospect in life in terms of job security, networking, and dignity. This is our noble effort in providing them help that their environment could not because we believe that everyone deserves a second chance in life. We are confident that the effort put in to run this programme will provide them with a broad exposure to the importance of seeking knowledge in the future. 

RM 3,243.00
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Helping the Underprivileged Community
Advocacy In Decomposed fertiliser (AIDER)

The people who live in Teluk Layang are considered stateless, which indicates that the government does not recognise their citizenship despite being born and raised in this country. Their predicament caused the denial of their human rights, despite the fact that they had no control over the fact that they were born without citizenship in this country. This was not in any way a decision they made. Because of the complexities of the situation, generations of stateless people in Sabah have gone undocumented, with the number growing by the year. Although no official figure has been established, their population is estimated to be between 500,000 to 1,000,000 people.       Due to the absence of legitimate identification papers, it is difficult for individuals from Teluk Layang to find work in the public or private sectors in this country. Unemployment drives them to hunt for other possibilities to get money to buy needs. Farming is a highly significant activity in their society. There are around 400 villagers that primarily rely on agricultural operations as their major source of income and food.       Fertiliser is one of the materials often used in farming. In the absence of fertilisers, agricultural output and productivity would decrease significantly. However, fertiliser prices are very expensive and difficult for these low-income communities to own.       Therefore, it is necessary to put into action an effort that will provide assistance in the manufacturing of composed fertiliser for them. It is feasible to increase their crop yields by utilising this composed fertiliser.

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Environmental Protection
Zero Waste Ecoenzyme Project

Kampung Sungai Buaya, Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang is a village of around 300 population that is known for its large farming area, palm oil plantation, touristic spot, which is the Taman Negeri Bukit Panchor, and also their local food business.  We have been informed by the village head of Kampung Sungai Buaya that the village produces a lot of waste including organic waste and plastic bottles/container waste daily, but the villagers are not well informed about recycling their wastes into something useful. Instead, 90% of the wastes in the village are combined in the provided garbage bins and picked up by the district’s garbage collector and sent to the landfill without going through the recycling process.  Our project is about recycling and converting organic waste into a multi-purpose solution known as eco-enzyme or garbage enzyme, for cleaning, fertilizers insecticides, wastewater treatment, etc. Eco-enzyme has been reported by many research papers from countries such as India and Thailand that it could assist in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and also plastic bottle/container waste substantially.  The village head of Kampung Sungai Buaya agreed that our project could substantially help their village’s waste management. Thus, we would like to start our first journey to overcome their issues by organizing our outreach programme with the villagers of Kampung Sungai Buaya, Nibong Tebal and educating them about using their wastes to  create their eco-enzyme solution. 

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Arts & Culture
Hello Seletar!

Sungai Temon is an ethnic minority village of about 400 people. Here lives a group of sea people who live by the sea. They mainly focus on fishing activities for a living and they live in 9 different villages individually. This group of sea people has their own ethnic culture, history, and tradition, which is also one of the multi-ethnic characteristics of Malaysia. After our conversations with local leaders Mr. Lam and Mr. Jeffree, we found that they are facing many economic, educational, and cultural heritage issues. Their fishing industry has been affected due to environmental pollution caused by reclamation activities and development plans. At the same time, due to the mother tongue of ethnic minorities, it is difficult for them to learn new things, so most young people drop out of school and continue to work in the fishing industry. Fortunately, there is a group of community workers that comes to their village to teach the children English regularly recently. In terms of culture, they also frankly said that because their cultures are passed on from generation to generation through oral language, some traditions gradually disappear and cannot be passed on accurately from generation to generation. We also found that as early as 2014, there were enthusiastic people, Mr. Choo, who helped to found the Seletar Cultural Center and set up a small museum to preserve the culture of the “sea people”. However, due to a lack of management and responsible individuals, it has been stagnant at present, and the building is too rudimentary. Its unique cultural and national characteristics cannot be recorded and inherited more accurately and cannot play their true role. Through the research and experience with orang Seletar, we have found out that they have faced many problems and the public is not aware of it. Hence, it causes society to be neglected. Although the news has reported about their difficulties and background, their culture still remains a mystery to many. Moreover, the Orang Seletar are sea nomads with different environments, but they are still part of the culture of Malaysia as it is a multi-racial country. As far as helping them is concerned, the government currently does not provide adequate assistance so the help that they are getting is very minimal in Johor Bahru said by the Orang Seletar compared to those in Borneo. This is why we want to help them so more people can learn about them.  Hence, as design and mass communication students, we will help to record their traditional arts & culture by using our specialty in design and advertising. We will publish a book and make some documentaries about their history, arts and culture to raise awareness to let the public understand the situation they are facing.

RM 6,230.00
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Helping the Underprivileged Community
Sugud Waste Inundation Management (S.W.I.M.)

Kampung Sugud, Penampang shown in Figure 1 & 2 is one of the places that is often affected by floods. Last year, one of the biggest floods in Sabah swept Sugud on September 15, 2021 as shown in Figure 7. Based on Figure 2, without taking any waste into account, it is very crucial to have a river with good water flow to prevent flooding because the only road that leads to the main road is at the lowest level and the surrounding terrains are hills.There are two types of flood. The first type of flood is when the grading of the area is not designed as so to allow water to flow towards the river or drainage that when it rains, the water will not be able to flow naturally towards the drainage or in this case the river. When this happens, the water will pool up and seep into the soil and cause the underground water table to rise and cause flood. This is not the type of flood we are trying to solve but the next one is where the area has good gradation so that water can flow towards the river and exit the area thus preventing water to pool up. But in Sugud, it will flood when it starts to rain heavily where all the small to intermediate wastes starts to accumulate at the bridges ie the two points my team and I had found in the village. One way to solve this problem is by enlarging the river width and depth so that the wastes will not accumulate. But by doing so will need to reconstruct the bridge which will take a lot more costs. Our way of solving this problem is by providing the villagers a way to deal with the branches and wastes when it rains and starts to clog and slow down the water flow which will cause the water to start to rise and cause the underground water to rise as well thus causing flood. The said solution to the problem is by designing and constructing a waste entrapment made out of steel so that it acts as an interceptor during rainy weather and is able to be operated with simple pulley mechanism by the person in charge on the said rainy day as shown below in Table 1 in the Sustainability section.To combat this issue, our group has come up with a project that is able to reduce the rate of floods occurring in Kampung Sugud as shown in Figure 8. Figure 1: Kg Sugud areaFigure 2: Terrain overviewFigure 3: Station 1 locationFigure 4: Station 1 siteFigure 5: Station 2 locationFigure 6: Station 2 siteFigure 7: Last year’s flood at Sugud AreaFigure 8 : Sketch of the design 

RM 413.00
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Quality Education
Pearly Starfish

SK Dato’ Harun 1 is a school situated in Petaling Jaya. There are urban poor learners, some who are orphans, who attend the school amongst the rich PJ community. These students have low confidence, lack English proficiency and communication skills as well as digital skills. Based on our interview with their teacher, Ustaz Faizul Razali, they struggle to share their opinions and thoughts due to their surroundings that do not provide them a safe space to speak English. They feel unmotivated and shy to speak when among their friends who are more eloquent. Due to these issues, they function a few levels below their peers when asked to engage in English, even though they have untapped potentials. Thus, Dr Adelina, our head of project, has created Pearl4PJ, a project that aims to help these students improve their second language acquisition, self confidence, and love for language by providing a safe space for them to acquire the language skills. The volunteers for the project are three B Ed TESL students of Universiti Malaya who are pedagogically trained in teaching and assisting second language learners.  Nearby, is a mosque with a nazir who is interested to assist with the education of these children. The mosque is Masjid Jumhuriyah, Petaling Jaya. The project was provided with a comfortable hall to conduct lessons. Learners explored the art of English language through readers’ theatre, puppetry, games, plays, storytelling and many more. Nevertheless, post pandemic, the volunteers realized that there is a need to add to the skills that were lacking among these urban poor learners. They were digitally illiterate and while learners around the nation worked on improving digital skills for online and hybrid learning, these poor learners are not able to function with basic digital skills.  To add to the necessary skills, the volunteer-teachers started creating activities that marry both English language and digital skills for these poor learners. They often struggle with using the projector that is provided in the mosque. They frequently had to ask the mosque supervisors to set up the projector which is extremely time-consuming and inefficient. In addition, the speaker is non-functional and volunteer-teachers had to use two devices at the same time to ensure the audio is audible. Moreover, when exposing learners to digital literacy, these learners had to share the teachers’ ipad and were unable to fully experience learning at its best. This is where the extended project comes in. Pearly Starfish is an extension of the Pearl4PJ Project, aiming to help these students’ learning needs by exposing them to digital literacy. We believe by helping the students to engage with digital technologies, we are able to provide quality education to the students while increasing their interest in learning English. Thus, having good tools to aid their learning is pertinent to achieve the targeted goals for the students.

RM 2,074.00
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103% of RM 2,000.00 Goal

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