MERCY Malaysia begins immediate humanitarian aid in Palestine

Gaza Strip, 16 May 2018 – Massive unrest in the Gaza Strip of Palestine in the last 2 weeks culminated in the worse violence and bloodshed yesterday since the 2014 Gaza War. In immediate response, Malaysian-based humanitarian organisation MERCY Malaysia has stepped up humanitarian aid to render assistance to affected hospitals and communities. According to the Palestinian Health Information Center (PHIC), a department within the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH), the total number of casualties stood at 2771, including 225 children and 79 women. The death toll, estimated at 107 is expected to rise, with 133 patients in critical condition. The main cause of injuries was from live ammunition and tear gas, which were targeted at protestors participating in what is termed the ‘Great March of Return’.

Hence, we would like to ask your kind attention and time to have a look at our Press Release and have your prestigious media publish this article. Your kind support to MERCY Malaysia will help us further extend our humanitarian services to those in need. Help us, to help others.

PRESS RELEASE – MERCY MALAYSIA BEGINS IMMEDIATE HUMANITARIAN AID IN PALESTINE

Feed The Hungry – Ramadan Appeal for Rohingya, 2018

Kenangilah kesengsaraan dan kesusahan pelarian Rohingya di Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh di kala kita menjalani ibadah puasa kelak.Tatkala kita menantikan waktu berbuka puasa dengan juadah yang beraneka jenis dengan senyum riang dan tawa, mereka di sana belum tentu punya makanan untuk juadah bersahur mahupun berbuka.

Bantulah mereka, dengan hanya RM250, anda boleh mengurangkan beban sebuah keluarga yang benar-benar memerlukan makanan. Salurkan bantuan anda melalui: http://mercy.org.my/how-to-donate/

MERCY Malaysia E-Newsletter FEBRUARY 2018

February was an exciting month for us, with active participation in the 9th World Urban Forum at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and meeting with like-minded people and organisations.

We also relaunched our Palestine Relief Fund in view of deteriorating living conditions at the occupied territory of Palestine. Only 50% of Palestinians have access to electricity, water supply, food and jobs. Hospitals are forced to shut down due to power cuts, and farmers cannot plant without irrigation.

For every donation above RM50, you will receive a free ‘Save Gaza’ muffler (postage not included).  For more information or to redeem the free muffler, please contact Shahira at comms@mercy.org.my.

We thank you for your support of MERCY Malaysia, and look forward to hear from you if you have any feedback or enquiries. Please send your missives to info@mercy.org.my or visit www.mercy.org.my for full details.


9 JANUARY 2018
THANK YOU, SECURITIES COMMISSION!
We had a pleasant surprise early in the year when the Securities Commission’s Sports and Recreation Club informed us about their ‘RELIEF – Relief Efforts for Life’ campaign, which raised RM4,500 for MERCY Malaysia.The cheque was handed over in a simple ceremony, where we met their fund-raising champions Muhammad Adam Mikhail, Raja Shah Irshad, Khairul Hanis and Mohammad Yunus Zulkifli. The cheque was presented by Securities Commission’s Director of Corporate Resources, Yang Mulia Tengku Zarina Tengku Chik, and received by our Head of Communications and Strategic Engagement Ms Chan Li Jin.Thank you, SC, for your support!

6 – 7 FEB 2018
COX’S BAZAR: MHPSS WITH MAJHI
Two sessions of Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) were held among the Majhi, or Community Leaders, at the Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, refugee camps, firstly at Balukali followed  by Kutupalong.The sessions trained them how to recognise psychological symptoms following trauma and stress, and adaptive coping skills. The Majhis were then encouraged to apply the skills learnt to help their communities cope emotionally and psychologically with daily stress.

8 FEB 2018
SIDE EVENT: 9TH WORLD URBAN FORUM
MERCY Malaysia’s Side Event at the 9th World Urban Forum, organised by United Nation’s Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), was a full house as we shared our experience and expertise on Building Resilient Communities (BRC).Our topic on “Urban Resilience: Challenges and Opportunities for Malaysian Cities” was chaired by Mr Hafiz Amirrol, our BRC Head.A distinguished panel consisting of our President Dato Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus; Dr Amod Dixit, Chairperson of Asia Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN); Mr Ahmad Fairuz Yusof, Head of Assistant Secretary, Selangor Disaster Management Unit; Mr Agung Notowiguno, President of PKPU Human Initiative and Ms. Valeria Drigo, Advocacy and Learning Coordinator of Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), kept the audience captivated during the 1 hour session.

9 FEB 2018
SARAWAK FLOOD RELIEF
With flood conditions threatening to worsen, we mobilised our Sarawak Chapter for an emergency assessment to affected areas. Most areas were still inaccessible and it was challenging reaching affected communities to check on their condition.

10 FEB 2018
VOLUNTEER INDUCTION PROGRAMME (V.I.P)
Our first Volunteer Induction Programme for 2018 drew 51 participants from a wide range of backgrounds – media, medical, academia, self-employed, creatives, etc.The half-day session was conducted by Mohd Hazimi Che Abdul Rani, our Humantarian Development Centre Officer, and Nur Hisyam Aziz, our State Chapter Liaison Officer. Dr Soh Yih Harng, our volunteer, also shared his experiences on the field.Editor’s Note: Missed our VIP? Fret not, you can always catch our next one in May. See you soon!


11 FEB 2018
WUF9 SIDE EVENT: POST-CRISIS WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Our exco member and team leader for Mental Health & Psychosocial Support, Dr Hariyati Shahrima Abdul Majid, gave a pow-wow presentation at a WUF9 Networking Event on ‘Empowering Women in Crisis and Post-Conflict Situations: Building Resilient Communities’ to a packed room of women from all over the world.Apart from the Malaysian perspective, speakers from the Philippines, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Kenya shared grassroots initiatives to empower women in their own settings. The 2-hour session was organised by International Islamic University Malaysia and the HUAIROU Commission.

13 FEB 2018
WUF9 SIDE EVENT: MELAKA BANDARAYA BERSEJARAH
Our Head of BRC, Mr Hafiz Amirrol, was a panelist at the Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah networking event at WUF9, which analysed the historical city’s problems of rapid development, high traffic volume and flash floods. The 2-hour session provided insights from other countries with similar problems and possible solutions that could ease what is seen to be a potential spanner in the works for the UNESCO site if left unmanaged.

19 FEB 2018
THANK YOU, SOGO!

Have you been shopping at SOGO Shopping Complex? If so, you might have noticed MERCY Malaysia’s little donation boxes at the payment counters in the last few months!The management of SOGO presented the collection to MERCY Malaysia recently, represented by SOGO’s Marketing Communications Manager Ms Rosma Tajuddin, Customer Relations Manager Pn Nor Zaizira and Head of Store Ms Lee Yip Yoong, and received by MERCY Malaysia’s Executive Director, Ir. Amran Mahzan.Thank you for your support!


21 FEB 2018
THANK YOU, ETONHOUSE MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL!
EtonHouse Malaysia International School conducts an annual charity fair at Christmas, with proceeds going to charitable societies. MERCY Malaysia was selected as a beneficiary this year, where we received a cute mock cheque from a student representative during the school’s Chinese New Year celebrations.Thank you to all parents, teachers and management of Etonhouse; we truly appreciate your support!

21 FEB 2018
COX’S BAZAR: INTERNATIONAL MOTHER TONGUE DAY
Our medical team, led by Vice President III, Assoc. Prof. Dr Shalimar Abdullah, celebrated International Mother Language Day at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where MERCY Malaysia continues to run our Primary Healthcare Centre for the hundreds of thousands of refugees.Although it was a celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity, our team celebrated an unspoken language of humanity, where we serve without fear or favour regardless of one’s background, race, religion or the language they speak.

23 – 24 FEB 2018
MCKK RUGBY PREMIERE 7S 2018
As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going! We saw that first hand at Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), Perak during The Premiere 7s under 17 rugby match from 23-24 February 2018, where strong young men shed blood, sweat and tears for glory.Meanwhile, we fight a different sort of ‘battle’ under a big tree, showcasing our work to visitors and raising funds to continue our work to serve marginalized communities. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth!