The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are far reaching, especially among society’s most vulnerable, like the B40 youth.
Worrying times as pandemic caused shortage of donations
Montfort Boys Town (MBT), the nation’s renowned technical institute working to empower these youth for the past 61 years, is seeing worrying times as donors retract contributions amid the current subdued economic environment.
“We understand many companies are facing difficulties sustaining their businesses, as a result of the current economic situation. At the same time, sustaining MBT and its work relies on the support of the public and corporate partners through funding.
“The institution’s donations have reached its lowest level since the Movement Control Order started and we are concerned about the future of our students who rely on us for a chance to build a livelihood and a better future,” explained Montfort Boys Town Deputy Director, S. Arul.
Tried their best to cope by teaching through online platforms
Since the start of the MCO, MBT stepped up efforts to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning through online platforms such as video calls, zoom sessions, Google Classroom, Whatsapp groups and emails.
However, many students do not own a smart phone, rely on devices shared with family members or have limited internet access.
“Teaching academically challenged students is an art. Our teachers have been working tirelessly to support their online lessons by simplifying notes, preparing assignments, and simple quizzes. However, these are still inadequate for an effective and productive learning process, given the limited access our students have to proper facilities,” Arul explained.
Need RM8 million to sustain the school
MBT requires about RM8 million a year to sustain its overall operational expenses. These include housing for approximately 350 students including meals, teaching and administration staff salaries, maintenance for its faculties and facilities, as well as upgrades for machineries, central to the educational development of its students.
Since its inception, MBT has impacted the lives of over 7,000 underprivileged youth in Malaysia, who have gone on to lead thriving careers as a result of their foundational years at the institute. MBT is one of Malaysia’s pioneering NGOs that provides skills training and character formation to marginalised youth in Malaysia. In 2002, MBT opened its doors to female students which birthed the Montfort Girls Centre.
If you’d like to help:
Cash donations to MBT are entitled for tax exemption as defined under sub-section 44(6) of Income Tax Act 1967, Ruj: LHDN.01/35/51/179-6-0679, No. Warta Kerajaan: LN 106-1 October 1959.