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The Context
Malaysia is a small country with a fast-growing economy. Once a British colony, Malaysia is home to over 30 million people, many of whom live in or near the capital city,  Kuala Lumpur. With a very diversified economy that excels in the manufacturing and service sectors, the country has become a leading exporter of electrical appliances, parts, and components.

The Covid 19 pandemic affected the country harshly, having an even stronger impact on the most vulnerable households. The country’s economy, vulnerable to financial insecurity fuelled by the pandemic’s frenzy, pushed the cost of living to new heights and therefore rising financial obligations.

ST Foundation’s Presence
Malaysia was among the first ST countries that welcomed the DU Program. The initiative was launched in 2004, with courses organized at the ST facility in Muar. With the dedicated efforts of ST volunteers, we were able to train over 700 people targeting orphan children, senior citizens, and the ST site’s staff.

The Program ended during the first quarter of 2008, after completing its first activity period.

In 2015, we decided to launch the Tablet For Kids Course. This initiative was made possible by the proactive support of the local ST volunteers and their strong desire for the Foundation’s presence in Malaysia. The first step to facilitating this new project was the organization of the Train the Trainer course, which would not have been possible without the valuable support of the Indian staff. With the help of the ST volunteers, we were able to reach young beneficiaries and help them familiarize themselves with technology and its potential.

As in most operational countries, the pandemic stopped every initiative during  2020 and 2021. The Foundation will restart the DU Program as soon as the global health crisis decreases.