The Kita Kuat Project
Organized by: Rachel Gellert
EVENT DATE Aug 10, 2015
This month-long project will spark a unified conversation around the issues facing young women and girls across Malaysia.
See Blog for more info: Kita Kuat Project
How Your Donation Will Help:
$20 will sponsor TWO teen girls to participate in our program.
Donations will directly sponsor a 70 student camp at my former school, SMK Seri Payong, Marang in Terengganu. This camp is particularly special because it will include 35 of my oldest students from last year and 35 of my youngest. The older girls (age 16-18) will act as group leaders and mentors for the 35 younger girls (age 12-14). It will cost $10 per student to host this camp (about 40 myr). $10 x 70 = our goal $700
Any amount raised over $700 will go directly into activity materials, travel fees and the opportunity to include even more young people in our project.
Organizing this camp is the most powerful way I can give back to a school and community that has given me so much.
Whatever you can give - no matter how small, makes a BIG difference.
More Info on the Project:
I will be organizing and facilitating a combination of after-school sessions, full day workshops and overnight camps in partnership with under-resourced government secondary schools affiliated with the Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistant) program. Some sessions will look like 15-30 student workshops while others will be large camp programs consisting of 50-150+ students. Contingent on securing adequate funds, a minimum of fifteen workshops have been pre-scheduled to take place across the states of Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak between July 15th and August 13th, 2015.
All aspects of this project will directly cater to the specific needs of each community involved. No two sessions will be identical. However the core message of this program will be consistent in every workshop: All young women deserve the opportunity to feel powerful, support each other and define their lives for themselves.
Through confidence-building and leadership activities, participants will be able to express themselves openly in English, forge solidarity with their peers and find power in the strength of their combined voices. These workshops will create a safe, brave space for young women to share personal narratives, challenge societal assumptions and engage in critical dialogue.
This project will continue to grow after I physically leave Malaysia in August; throughout the program, I will be compiling the materials and resources developed for the workshops into a comprehensive collection of empowerment-based curriculum and facilitator guidelines to be used by current and future ETAs. This report will be given to MACEE and the US Fulbright program in digital copy so that it can act as a living document, open to contributions and collaboration. The goal is to strengthen the resources available to ETAs so that they can more effectively implement engaging and skill-building programs at their respective schools.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” - Alice Walker