Affect Nusantara, an initiative of hope and new beginnings | Malaysia
A movement of solidarity, Affect Nusantara is a cultural, social and charitable endeavour that aims to raise RM300,000 to build sustainable shelters called Rumah Syukur, providing a more permanent living solution for affected families. Built on the site of the victims’ original homes, each Rumah Syukur has a life span of ten years and can be expanded from an initial living room, kitchen and two-bedroom structure into a larger family home structure. This permanent living solution will greatly alleviate health, sanitation and safety issues that exist at the temporary tent shelters that families have been living in since the disaster.
“Apart from being a fundraiser and relief aid initiative, Affect Nusantara also aims to uplift the spirits of those affected by helping them re-establish basic needs for physical survival. The Nusantara region is unfortunately vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis. It is our responsibility as a caring Malaysian society to assist in any way we can, to ease the burden and encourage those who have been affected to keep hope alive. I am continuously encouraged by the generosity and empathy of Malaysians and I do hope we can all come together for this worthy initiative,” said Dr. Mohd. Daud bin Sulaiman, President, Malaysian Relief Agency.
Following this, an exhibition by renowned international photojournalist Mathias Heng will be held from 26 February – 4 March 2019 at Bangsar Shopping Centre. Held in partnership with Leica, the emotionally charged exhibition narrates Mathias’ own experience of the disaster, and his desire to inspire and evoke change. A coffee table book with reprints of Mathias’ moving work will be available for order during the exhibition, which is complemented by a designer showcase featuring specially designed attire, accessories and jewellery crafted by Indonesian artists. All proceeds from the coffee table book and showcase will also be channelled to Affect Nusantara. Cash donations of RM500 and above are tax deductible.
Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) is a humanitarian organisation registered under the Trustee Act 1952 (PPAB 20/2010), with the primary objective of assisting those affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts, both local and abroad. As a non-profit organisation, all activities are sponsored and supported by concerned individuals and corporations.
In 2014, MRA received special consultative status from United Nations - Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC) which enabled MRA to participate in UN deliberations.
In 2017, MRA was accepted as an Associate Member of the Federation of Islamic Medical Association (FIMA).