GOLD, an acronym for Generating Opportunities for Learning Disabilities aims to promote economic empowerment for those with learning disabilities. The founder, Juairiah Johari found purpose in helping those with learning disabilities.
All activities offered to the organization has to appeal to their interest and meet their skills.
This project began in April and involved creating bags out of recycled banners. When we found out about what they did in GOLD Foundation, we thought it would be a good opportunity to lend our expertise and time to volunteer here. Hence, we came up with this concept of ‘eco-friendly’ bags.
“Throughout my experience here, I wasn’t only teaching, but I also learned a lot from the people here. The kids are awesome. They are receptive and always eager to learn. Sometimes in school, we kids can be rather mean to each other. But it is quite harmonious here, with no threats or condemnation,” says Azam.
Initially,our co founder too struggled a little, as he had to adapt to the students’ different intellectual levels and skills sets.
“It was tough teaching them the first few times. We had to repeat the steps over and over again. But we soon learned that it’s their nature, especially with the young adults who are autistic.
“It has truly been an enlightening experience. I’ve gotten to know the kids on a personal level and bonded with them,” shares Azam.
"Throughout my experience here, I wasn’t only teaching, but I also learned a lot from the people here.
The kids are awesome."
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