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Project Madam Saras’ home

Project : Madam Sarasvathy’s home, with 16 kids and 3 adults

Kim and myself recently met with  Madam Saraswathi in Petaling Utama, Sunway on Oct 1st, 2015 (we have both been working on bringing in donation for her home for sometime, but realised we need to do this in a bigger way to effectively help them in the long term).

A little bit about them:
She is single-handedly looking after 16 young ones, from the ages of 3 to 21, including 6 of her own.

How she currently survives:
1. RM 450 from the Welfare Organization
2. Son (19 y/o) who is working as a despatch boy (earns around RM 900)
3. Daughter who works as a nurse in Assunta Hospital. (earns around RM 1000)

Our plan:

To get them into self sufficiency, by June 2016 .  To be divided into 3 main phases at the beginning:

Phase 1:
Immediate needs, Sept – Dec:

Monthly Needs:

Rental + Utility: RM 1000
Food : RM 2800
Transport: RM 280

Misc : RM500

Monthly total required : RM 3580

Phase 2 - Relocating to Bentong ( Dec 2015) – Move to be self sufficient

Her eventual plan next year is to move all her children to a village area in Bentong, where there are schools within walking distance (Tamil, Chinese and National schools).

The cost of living will be much lower, and she already has plans of working on chicken farming, which her husband is currently doing there.
(Her husband is in Bentong, looking after his invalid mother).
Besides that, relocating to Bentong also lowers the chances of the children being exposed to negative influences & social ills that are children are more prominent in bigger towns/cities.

Monthly needs: estimated the same

Expanding a chicken biz, which her husband is already doing in Bentong. Her husband is doing this in a small way, now to expand this, to give a family sustainable income. They buy baby chicks, and sell them immediately or about 2 weeks to locals, and visitors from town.

Also turkeys for Christmas.

Estimated investment: RM 9000 (in stages).

Madam Sarasvathy’s background:
Age: 40, Previously worked as cook in Assunta for 10 years. Has been looking after the children for more than 10 years.

Husband, 43 – small scale chicken farmer in Bentong, looking after invalid mother there (they tried bringing his mother here, but as she is very old and an invalid they couldn’t live in a small house crammed with kids)

We have interviewed them, and feel she is quite frugal with the way she spends  She is always trying something or another to fund her family.

Additional Notes:

– she struggling daily & barely have enough to feed the kids, pay the rent, bill or at times medical expenses.

– it is amazing that she managed to survive under such dire situation for so long.  We take our hats off for her tenacity & strength.

– her relatives advised constantly (no help here but useless advice) to send the brother’s kids to the orphanage.  But she is determined to keep them because of her good heart despite the hardship.

Our Long Term Strategy:
We’ll work on getting her immediate needs (Sept- Dec needs) fixed first, with immediate cash requirements:

For her monthly needs: we’ll work with people who are interested to commit monthly auto-deductions (perhaps RM 50 -RM 100 per month, or more for those who can afford it)  -paypal auto-deductions can be done (minus paypal’s fees of 4%), as well as autopay arrangements with your own bank}

Also to look for organizations that might be willing to adopt this family – i.e. churches temples, etc..

Long term relocation: Phase 2 relocating family to Bentong, and be self sufficient through her chicken business.

Different types of help she could use now:
1. Biz planning skills – accounting, simple biz planning (profit loss)
2. Financial help : Food, rental, children’s books, clothing
3. Volunteers to help manage projects – non financial related – filing up forms and writing papers to get help from various governmental organizations and ngos and also sourcing for available help out there from Governmental bodies and NGOs that is already available.
4. Relocation to Bentong – looking for the home there, helping them to settle down there.
5. IT help – to help set up a page, that makes it easy for donors to donate monthly (monthly autodeduction) – either paypal, etc

Other links:

Star Article – Mar 2014 – http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2014/03/29/Family-in-dire-straits-Husband-and-wife-with-18-children-trapped-in-poverty/

Household grocery and item needs, Names of children, age and school:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oWg1go8ZYSyAiW4WitkIDoWIlTmdR9a4QOhq6xaz1yw/edit?usp=sharing 

 

 

Update Dec 1 2015: New home: Bentong, but comes back to KL sometimes
Bank account : CIMB BANK Acct no. 7602119330 – Sarasvathy Thevi

 

Current Team working on Project (as of 5 Oct 2015)

Kim, Vyasa, Chan, Tanapaal, Winnie

Team update:

Contact: Vyasa- 012-2737190

 

Updates 15 Dec 2015 : 

We’ve managed to move the family from KL to Bentong where they want to raise the kids. Cost of living is much lower, it’s much easier to keep a lookout on the kids plus she gets to the chicken farming business and also grow their own vegetables.

By the way 6 of the kids were selected to become prefects in their new school in Bentong, which they are very happy about.
We’ll continue supporting them for 6 months until June, until their little business becomes a little more stable. It’s still up and down as all new ventures are.

For the new year, they’ll need money for:
1.School clothes- new prefect uniforms
2.School books
3.Stationary
4.Groceries
5.Food

For the full details on them please have a look at this link: http://3dprintingandcadmalaysia.com/charity/saras/details

For direct banking to her:
Sarasvathy Thevi a/p Nathan
CIMB BANK
Acct no. 7602119330

Pictures: (Jan 17 visit to Bentong)

Her contact details (if you wish to get in touch with her directly)

Madam Sarasvathy:
Phone: 016-8654461

 

Updates:  9 Aug 2016

Current number of adults kids in Bentong home : 16 kids & 3 adults (Saras and her husband,  and 1 grandmother  (Of the original 18 children – 1 passed away in an accident, 2 are in an asrama, 3 more are seeking for work in kl)

They were surviving with very little income originally about 10
months ago. Over the last 10 months, they have been slowly
building a chicken biz (Buying and selling little chicks, in
Bentong, Pahang), and they have been partially funding
themselves through this biz. Thanks for funding our past
efforts – dear friends and well wishers.

I’m now looking to raise a fresh round of funds, as from our
calculations, they will still need some money monthly for their
day to day expenses, schooling of the children, and also for
some expenses building their chicken biz.

We’re targeting to raise about RM 26K for the next 6 months.
The target is to help them build a better biz to self fund
themselves, by lending a hand.

1. RM 6K for some major repairs (lorry is unable to move
now, without the neccesary repairs), balance payment to own the
lorry fully & road tax for the lorry. (update 20 Aug 2016 – lorry repaired with some donation – now road tax and paying balance of lorry and road tax – balance to raise RM4500)

2. RM 2.5K monthly for daily expenses for the household and
kids school going expenses,  rental, utilities – For the next 6
months. -Total RM 15K

3. RM 5K for some biz capital.

For direct banking to her:
Sarasvathy Thevi a/p Nathan
CIMB BANK
Acct no. 7602119330

or you could also reach us at 012-2737190 or vyasa.gk@gmail.com to channel the help through us.

 

 

 

 

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Kids! – Design your Own Superhero!

Kids Upcoming Summer Holiday Program, July 15

Experience all these happening events in just One single day, from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

First Lesson : Designer – Polymer Clay Modelling

Help your children unlock their inner designer when they join us in making the superhero keychain using Polymer Clay. It will get them thinking and designing the looks and coordinating the colours of their superhero. It will also enhance their fine motor skills when they are putting the keychains together. Who knows, they might just become the next Jimmy Choo!

Second Lesson : Engineer – 3D Printing

Catch the latest techno trend – the complete 3D Experience with CAD Design Centre’s Engineering Coach Vyasa. Kids will learn how to Design toys in 3D using Computer Aided Design (CAD).  And then, get to watch it being built LIVE – right in front of their eyes, with the latest 3D Printing technology!

Third Lesson : Baker – Bake your Superhero

Learn baking from the famous Hot Baking Mama Chef Sue of Les Petits Chefs. Have fun baking and decorating your own Superhero. Children just love getting their hands into cake flour and all the other yummy ingredients.

Especially for Kids 6-12 years old!

Click here to Register

Details
Location : i-2-3, Block I, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, 47160 Puchong
Age group : 6-12
Date:15 July 2015 (Wed)
Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Breakfast, lunch and snacks provided.

Course Fees : RM 220 per participant
Early Bird Promo (Until June 30th) : RM 200 per participant, RM 160 for 2 participants and above)

Click here to View detail schedule, and speaker’s profile

Click here to Register

Contact us 
Email us at: caddesignschool@gmail.com or call 012-2737190 to make a booking.
Limited to Only 30 places per day.

Call 012-2737190

Biggest plane in the world taking off

Video : Engineering : How Aeroplanes work, and the biggest aeroplane in the world

Came across a very nice video explaining how aeroplanes work. The video explains nicely how aeroplanes get to fly.   The video is by Minute Physics, and the link is from youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg0TXNXgz-w

The text below is also a good explanation of how the thrust backwards helps to the aeroplane stay in the air.    excerpt From the NASA website: https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/UEET/…/dynamicsofflight.html

Airplane wings are shaped to make air move faster over the top of the wing. When air moves faster, the pressure of the air decreases. So the pressure on the top of the wing is less than the pressure on the bottom of the wing. The difference in pressure creates a force on the wing that lifts the wing up into the air.

Below is another video of the Biggest Aeroplane in the world. Really awesome.. wish I was there to see this. Of course, all aeroplanes are initially planned out and designed with Computer Aided Design or CAD. Enjoy the video!

regards,
Vyasa

Baker Engineer Speaker 5 & 12 June

Kids! – Experience being a Baker, Engineer and a Speaker!

Kids Upcoming Holiday Program, June 5 &12

Experience all these fun experiences in a single day, from 830 am to 5 pm.

First Lesson : Learn Baking

Learn baking from the famous Hot Baking Mama Chef Sue of Les Petits Chefs. Have fun baking and decorating your own cupcakes. Children just love getting their hands into cake flour and all the other yummy ingredients.

Second Lesson : 3D Printing

Go on to get the complete 3D Experience with Cad Design Centre’s Engineering Coach Vyasa. Kids will learn how to Design toys in 3D using computers. And then get to watch it being built LIVE – right in front of their eyes, with the latest 3D Printing technology!

 Third Lesson: Building confidence through Public Speaking

Last but not least, the grand finale of Learning how to Speak on Stage, with Johan’s speaking Academy’s Coaches, Johan and Cherry. Let your child see and feel what even a lot of adults are frightened to do. Build their confidence and watch them excel!

Especially for Kids 7-12 years old!

Register online click here:  -> http://goo.gl/forms/vMcSJiJh44

Details
Location : i-2-3, Block I, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasn, 47160 Puchong
Age group : 7-12
Date:5th or 12 June 2015
Time: 8:30am to 5pm
breakfast, lunch and snacks provided
Course Fees : RM 180 per participant , Rm 150 per participant for 2 participants and above.

Click here to View detail schedule, and speaker’s profile

To register : Please fill up form below
Register online, click here:  -> http://goo.gl/forms/vMcSJiJh44

Contact us 
Email us at: mybesprogram@gmail.com or call 012-2737190 to do a booking.
Limited to Only 30 places per day.

Call 012-2737190

Kajang Open Chess Tournament

Chess Tournament – Kajang Open May 17, 2015 – Rukun Tetangga Kajang

Kajang Open Chess Tournament

Details:
Organized by : Rukun Tetangga Jalan Reko with Jabatan Prepaduan dan Integrasi Nasional
Date : 17 May 2015  ,  9am-4pm
Age group : Open
Entry Fee : RM 30 (paid before closing date 10 May 2015)
: RM 35 (if paid on Tournament Day, subject to space availability)
Closing date : 5pm, 10 May 2015
Game format : Swiss System, 5 rounds, 1 hour each round

Prizes : Cash Prizes
1st Prize:RM 500
2nd Prize:RM 300
3rd Prize:RM 200
4th Prize:RM 100
5th Prize:RM 100

Terms and Conditions:
Limited to 70 participants
Snacks and drinks provided (no lunch)
The Arbiter’s decision is final

Contact:
Vyasa – Tournament Marketing – 012-2737190 or email vyasa@caddesignschool.com

To register : Fill up form here  :
Individuals – http://goo.gl/forms/XoRaDzuDgd  
Bank in details available in forms
Multiple participants / Group registration – Use excel template here – http://bit.ly/Multiple_participant_form and then email to vyasa@caddesignschool.com

 

Venue Map:
Bukit Mewah Club, Kajang
Google Map here – http://bit.ly/Bukit_Mewah_Club_Map

Manoo from Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh comes to learn AutoCAD

Manoo, from Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh comes to upgrade his skill in AutoCAD to be ready for working life

Meet Manoo, who came from Polyteknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh.  Over there, he is studying the Diploma in Mechatronics Engineering, final year.

He recently came to Cad Design Centre, Puchong, to brush up his knowledge in AutoCAD 2D and 3D. As he had learnt some 2D before, we brushed up 2D AutoCAD pretty fast, and then moved on to 3D.

As part of his ambition is to be an aircraft maintainance engineer and entry to this field is pretty competitive, he wanted to have an edge in his resume, when he eventually leaves college life. Having the knowledge of AutoCAD 2D and AutoCAD 3D will give him an advantage in this field, especially when it comes to drawing mechanical parts for design and machining, and also presenting certain subjects.

Manoo, 20 years old, from Politeknik Unku Omar, learnt his 2D and 3D skills here, as the syllabus in his campus was not detailed enough. His ambition is to become an aircraft maintainance Engineer, so with the knowledge of AutoCAD 3D, it would give him an added advantage when seeking for a job. In the class, he quickly grasped the concepts, and started modelling. He eventually got his 3D modelled component which he designed in 2 days, 3D printed in class itself.

Manoo, 20 years old, from Politeknik Unku Omar, learnt his 2D and 3D skills here, as the syllabus in his campus was not detailed enough. His ambition is to become an aircraft maintainance Engineer, so with the knowledge of AutoCAD 3D, it would give him an added advantage when seeking for a job. In the class, he quickly grasped the concepts, and started modelling. He eventually got his 3D modelled component which he designed in 2 days, 3D printed in class itself.

CAD Design School - Manoo - 3D Mechanical Part, AutoCAD-view 2 (2)

In college, they learn basics of Computer aided design, he mentioned, and he wanted to learn it in much more detail, and also wanted to know how CAD is really used in the real world, and be ready for it.

Wish him all the best in his chosen field!

 

 

3D Printed Designs by CAD Design School Graduates

A collection of 3D Printed Designs of CAD Design School’s Graduates..

Some of the models built and 3D printed by CAD Design School students

Some of the models built and 3D printed by CAD Design School students

3D house model by Devinya, 12 years old, Graduate of Level 3

3D house model by Devinya, 12 years old, Graduate of Level 3

regards,

Vyasa, Cad Design School

Contact: CadDesignSchool@gmail.com  or 012-2737190    or visit www.CadDesignSchool.com for information and Schedule. Cad Design School Training Centre –  Puchong

3d printed items at the Makers Week, 2014

Some exciting 3d printed items, taken from the recent Makers Week:

Photos by Jimmy Kho, and Project Renaissance

Asking a question

Speaking at the Makers Week, Project Renaissance, Mind Valley – Part 4 of 4

Here are some of the pictures taken on the day – Part 4 – Photos by Jimmy Kho, and Project Renaissance

I was invited to speak at the recent Makers Week in Mind Valley, UOA Bangsar. My topic was 3D Printing in the fields of Education, in Malaysia and other parts of the World. I enjoyed the very interactive audience, the camaraderie and company of my fellow speakers.