Soka Gakkai Malaysia Continues Partnership with SMART Program
On February 23, 2010, the Tan Sri Tan Chin Tuan Foundation presented RM (Ringgit Malaysia) 120,000 (US$ 36,171) to Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor. Since 2007, SGM has been overseeing distribution of financial aid, books, stationary, uniforms and various other items to needy students, as part of the SMART Partnership. The event took place at Hotel Nikko, Kuala Lumpur, coinciding with Chinese New Year festivities.
Since the foundation's partnership with SGM Johor began, more than 1,900 students in 90 schools in Johor have benefited from the program. This year, the donations will be extended to the children of single mothers in Johor.
In his speech, Chew Kwee San, council member of the foundation, explained that SMART stands for "Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely." "The foundation," he said, "attempts to support projects or causes that are viable, sustainable and well-managed with definable social outcomes."
Foundation Program Director Yap Su-Yin said, "SGM is organized, full of strong responsible volunteers and accountable in distributing the funds and has done a wonderful job in translating the dollars into meaningful programs and strategies in giving to deserving students. Through SGM, we have achieved our aims and in many ways exceeded expectations, giving donors confidence in working with SGM to effectively help more people."
The festivities included performances of the ancient Chinese art of Bian Lian (face-changing), two dance performances by SGM Johor members and dances by the Ti-Ratana Lion Dance Troupe. Approximately 300 children and senior citizens attended.
The Tan Sri Tan Chin Tuan Foundation was established by the late banker and philanthropist Tan Sri (Dr.) Tan Chin Tuan. The foundation aims to provide assistance to those in need, as well as services that help build a sustainable society.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]