The 6th installment of the Skantha Youth Camp brought together 50 students from schools in the Kajang area, for a 3-day empowerment experience. Comprised of team-building workshops, and motivational sessions, this year’s effort, organised by EWRF Kajang, was another high point in the branch’s already prolific history.
Many were brought to tears, as the camp came to a close. Participants left the 3-day affair, with a renewed sense of purpose, having been repeatedly told that ‘They Can!’ What was most significant, was that the camp gifted the students with hope, giving them a believe that nothing was impossible.
While many leave the fate of the Malaysian Indian community to those deemed more able, a group of youngsters, most between the ages of 15 to 17, had taken it upon themselves to change their community. It was an inspiring moment, to meet and converse with these young leaders, who have carried out the gargantuan task, of facilitating a camp of such size with nothing more than love and sincerity in their hearts.
Their actions can be summed up by the words of Ir. Rajasegaran Thevaraj, President of the Educational, Welfare, and Research Foundation (EWRF), “We are all here, because we love our community.”
Students gathered for a team-building workshop
These young heroes, graduates of EWRF’s Civil Society Intervention (CSI) program, have matured to the more challenging role of being leaders. EWRF Kajang is a testament to the success of EWRF Malaysia‘s effectiveness as an organisation, creating the leaders of tomorrow by empowering the youth of today. Under the stewardship of the senior members of EWRF Kajang, its youth have been awarded with wisdom, strength, and the platform to take on new roles in their lives.
Students tasked with raising a basket as a team
Upon interacting with the participants, one can discern the need for guidance, and compassion. When asked of their plans for the future, many had no answer, simply because a future was never presented to them as a choice. Such a reality is hard to comprehend, however it stresses the severity of the need for the community to rise up and come to the aid of it’s children.
Parents meet their children after 3 days apart and shower their blessings on every child
Ir. Rajasegaran Thevaraj, President of EWRF Malaysia joined the parents in wishing the students well.
The 3-day camp culminated in a heart-warming reunion between students and their parents. Before leaving as a family, parents walked around the room giving their blessings to every participant. A gesture that defined the community, one that ultimately wants the success of its children.