Teens Raised Funds to get Chromebooks for Students to join School Online!
𝙉𝙤 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙙𝙤 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙙𝙤 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜.
So Acts Teens, organized in various smaller groups – each with their own fund raising initiatives, like (selling) cakes, cookies & (running online) concerts – and by the grace of God, and the generosity of so many good people in our community, our youths raised RM17,890 to purchase 47 refurbished Chromebooks.
Yesterday (09.09.21), I was privileged (and also because I was fully vaccinated already) to represent our young people and church community to present the Chromebooks to 30 students in ElShaddai Refugee Learning Centre in Klang. Thankful to Teacher Shalini Evangeline who, together with the school principal Teacher Ajuntha, identified the students and organized the students’ collection, with safety SOPs in place.
It was so wonderful to be able to meet these precious students and teachers in person, and to see the light and joy in the eyes of these students. Some of these students have not been able to attend classes for a very long time now due to the lack of devices. Some siblings had to share in using their parents mobile phones to attend classes, but when their parents leave for work, they are left with no device.
One boy said to us, “I don’t think I can sleep tonight; I am just so happy and excited!” And he wasn’t talking about computer games either (we checked haha)! It’s just the fact that, suddenly, he can now do so much that he couldn’t do before, even if he wanted to.
The supplier we bought the Chromebooks from asked me, “You’re doing this for charity?” To give a simple answer, I said, “Yes.” And they asked if 47 Chromebooks is enough. And again to give another simple answer, I said, “No.” (Of course, they said, “If you want to buy more, come to us!” ) “We only have enough money this time to buy 47. Maybe next time we can do some more.” Perhaps, it’s “enough” for the 47 students who will now be able to join online classes and do their school work.
We may not be able to meet every need, but we can meet some needs.
Don’t let what we cannot do, stop us from what we can.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
And maybe that something, will some day lead to more.