Community Enrichment Programme/Arts, Culture & Heritage
There is a small community in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, that tirelessly work to upkeep the art of making and playing the Rebana Ubi, a traditional musical instrument, much like a drum, and one that is uniquely Malaysian.
The community here, made up of mostly middle aged men or older, believes in preserving the art of making the drum, and with it, the continuous knowledge of how to play the instrument. They often gather to teach children and young adults the appreciation of this art form, hoping to ensure the heritage is kept alive.
ILTIZAM supported this community via PUSAKA, an NGO focused on the preservation of Malaysiad traditional arts. The support was in the form of sponsorship to acquire necessities to restore four old Rebana Ubi estimated to be about 150 years old while also making six new ones, a task that is costly and would take years to perfect.
With PUSAKA’s help, ILTIZAM also helped organised various educational workshops for interested apprentices, document the restoration project and increase the number of performance engagements for this community.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Lanjan (Asli) (SKBL) is a school attended by children of the small Desa Temuan Orang Asli community. Located at the centre of an urban area - Damansara Perdana in Selangor - SKBL is overshadowed by affluence of the location which are signified by high-rise commercial and residential buildings. SKBL is also situated within the vicinity of Ekuinas' office, one of the factors that led ILTIZAM to reach out to it and help to improve its performance, under its Community Enrichment Programme.
Nur Amira was a recipient of the Peneraju Tunas Potensi endowment, one of the programmes under Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (YPPB) set up to develop promising young Bumiputra talents from underprivileged background. The YPPB partners with ILTIZAM to develop Bumiputra talents through academic and vocational education.