Last night, we got a glimpse of the hardships that Rohingyas face in Myanmar through the conversations with Jasmina and her husband over a simple Raya dinner.
Jasmina left the Rohingya Concentration Camp in Sittwe when she was 16 and has been staying in Malaysia ever since for 2 decades ago. Needless to say, life back in the concentration camp was nothing close to pleasant. There was no school, no food, no healthcare, no electricity, no clean water, and no proper shelters for everyone. Violence continuously broke out between communities, causing villages to be burnt down and innocent lives to be taken away.
Life in Malaysia now is safer for Jasmina and her children, but it is still a constant battle with poverty. There is not enough money for food, proper shelter, and healthcare, despite the husband being sick and in need of surgery. However, Jasmina believes strongly in the power of education and ensures that her children get to go to school.
“It’s alright if we die, as long as the children get education and have knowledge, then their minds will be opened.”
This is the story of Jasmina, and we vow to empower Jasmina and more families like Jasmina’s to gain better livelihood and education through The Picha Project.
Join us in this journey and listen to the voices that are often unheard by the society. Our seats for the upcoming Raya Open House are still open for sale, book your place quick before its sold out!
Event Page: Picha Raya Dinner