We collaborated with the Hindu Youth Organisation (HYO) in Port Klang for a project called RESCUE that focuses on under-achieving secondary school students, to holistically empower them to bring the best out of themselves.

RESCUE Project

We collaborated with the Hindu Youth Organisation (HYO) in Port Klang for a project called RESCUE that focuses on under-achieving secondary school students, to holistically empower them to bring the best out of themselves.
RESCUE is an acronym for -Realise, Empower, Self-esteem, Commitment, Unity and Education. These are the core values embedded and disseminated through the programme.

The students were selected at the formative age of 13, a time in the adolescent life when young minds can be easily influenced. This project is designed to run for a period of three years to help these students bring about a change in their lives holistically through a series of empowerment and academic programmes.

Total Empowerment Camp

This camp was done in collaboration with the Educational Welfare and Research Foundation (EWRF). Aimed at students from Tamil schools who have completed their UPSR exam, the programme was designed to create a smoother transition for students entering Secondary schools, so that they exude self-confidence and increase their proficiency in English.

The objective of the camp is:

  • To raise the standard of English among students
  • To develop among students, a liking, if not love for the English language
  • To help students appreciate and understand the importance of using public facilities like museums and libraries, for personal development

Asian Summit – ‘Women of Influence’

This Summit was held on the 8th and 9th of November 2010, and was officiated by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The idea behind the theme of the summit is that behind every successful woman, is the woman herself; the summit aimed to challenge women to embrace their full potential by providing them an opportunity and platform to appreciate, build and connect with other influential women, for their own personal and professional development.

Vijayaratnam Foundation sponsored the participation of 10 delegates from various NGOs, for this event.

DeepaRaya Celebration

Vijayaratnam Foundation, in association with QuestNet Malaysia (now known as QNet Malaysia) and National Cancer Council (MAKNA), brought cheer into the lives of 30 young children who are living with cancer. On October 14, 2009, the double festival of Hari Raya and Deepavali were celebrated at the QuestNet Malaysia corporate headquarters with these children aged between three and 16, who come from low-income families and are currently under the care of MAKNA.

The kids were treated to a magic show, music and dancing and a lot of fun with the employees of the Foundation and QuestNet. They feasted on a spread of Indian and Malay delicacies and were given gifts to mark the festivals.

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Another important festival was celebrated, when we celebrated Christmas with 24 children from the Praise Emmanuel Children’s Home at special event organised at the QuestNet Malaysia (now known as QNet Malaysia) office.

The children were given Santa hats and were surprised with magic shows and presents from Santa Claus. They were also treated to a mouth-watering spread of sumptuous food to complete the celebration.

Sharing the Joy of The Lunar New Year

The Lunar Years’ Day marks the beginning of a brand new year in the Lunar calendar and is one of the most important festivals in the Chinese culture. Vijayaratnam Foundation and QuestNet welcomed the year of the Tiger with the residents of the Ci Hang-Chempaka Old Folks home. 40 residents of the home celebrated the day with aplomb as they danced with employees of QuestNet (now known as QNet) and trustees of the Foundation and showed off their singing skills at the Karaoke session. We also arranged a special Lion Dance performance to mark the occasion and oranges and Ang Paos were given to the residents as they shared the joy of the festive season together.

Building Fund For Hindu Youth Organisation

The Malaysian Hindu Youth Organisation (HYO) celebrated its 60th anniversary on April 11, 2010. The guest of honour at this event was Mr Vijayaratnam Saravanamuthu, who is both the inspiration behind Vijayaratnam Foundation and the man who founded HYO in 1949, which helped shape the lives of hundreds of youth in the community by providing them with a platform to find their voice and realise their potential.

As a tribute to his significant contribution to the Hindu society, HYO in collaboration with Pos Malaysia launched a special commemorative stamp in his honour, at this event.

In conjunction with the 60-year celebration, Vijayaratnam Foundation also pledged RM60,000 towards the organisation’s building fund.

Taekwondo Lessons

Ms Mariama Krishnan, an employee of The V – a QI Group subsidiary – is a martial arts expert.
In 2010, she approached us about her intention to provide free taekwondo lessons to the 32 children of the Agathian Shelter.

In support of Ms Krishnan’s noble idea, VF has since, sponsored the children’s uniforms, and borne all costs involving their grading examinations. We also facilitate these weekly lessons which take place either at the Home or at the playground near the QI Group’s regional headquarters in Malaysia.

National Indian Youth Convention 2010

We were privileged to be the premier partner of the National Indian Youth Convention 2010, organised by the Malaysian Indian National Education Development (MIND) Association. Prominent members of the Indian community in Malaysia who have excelled in their field of endeavour, be it business, arts, law or academics, were invited to speak to more than 500 youth gathered at this event, and VF Founder, Dato’ Vijay Eswaran was among the prestigious speakers.

This memorable event which was webcast globally to audiences in 6 countries, provided young people from the Indian community with the opportunity to listen to and interact with successful personalities who have made the Malaysian Indian community proud.