Creating a better future
“Throughout my experience here, I wasn’t only teaching, but I also learned a lot from the people here. The kids are awesome. They are receptive and always eager to learn. Sometimes in school, we kids can be rather mean to each other. But it is quite harmonious here, with no threats or condemnation,” says Azam.
Initially, he too struggled a little, as he had to adapt to the students’ different intellectual levels and skills sets.
“It was tough teaching them the first few times. We had to repeat the steps over and over again. But we soon learned that it’s their nature, especially with the young adults who are autistic.
“It has truly been an enlightening experience. I’ve gotten to know the kids on a personal level and bonded with them,” shares Azam.
Azam’s family have also been very supportive with his projects at the centre.
“It’s a family affair. There are four of us, who are all working on recreating items from scraps, to produce useful objects and all our family members support each other and offer their time at the centre. My mum sometimes also helps with the designs and so on,” he continues.
Another volunteer, Noridah Adnan, a long time friend of Juairiah, is at the centre every day.
“I used to be very involved in doing arts and craft with the kids here. However, these days I concentrate more on the administrative side of the organisation.
“There is a lot to be done and someone needs to work out the logistics. Since we put the items made by the students here on sale, I assist with the distribution. I am also raising awareness on our orgnisation. Gold’s mission has been well supported by corporations such as the Sunway group.
“Most of the items are distributed to corporate clients such as The Sunway Group. They buy the products made by our students and give them out as door gifts during some of their corporate events. They also purchase the items in bulks and market them on our behalf. Of course, whatever revenue generated is paid to our students as this is how they gain an income.
“Last year, we generated RM54,000. Every year we hope to gain a lucrative income, as the money is also used to buy items such as ceramic utensils, crafts, paints and other products used to design our end results,” says Noridah.
Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) supports Gold’s initiative by sponsoring their premise, and The Sunway Group assist with the upkeeping of the venue.
Juairiah also urges the public to lend a helping hand by volunteering at the centre.
“With the right support and supervision, it has been proven that these young adults could realise their potential and become
Upcycling initiative programme biji biji’s founder azam Hisham has been volunteering at Gold every day after work since april. He is pictured here with items made by the kids at the association, banners upcycled into bags.
ceramic items made by the students on display at the centre.
Founder of Gold (association of Learning disabilities) Juairiah Johari desires to help those with learning disabilities attain independence so that they can sustain a living for a brighter future.